Combat Immersion

  Six Instructors. Thirty-six Students. Multiple styles of martial arts: Karate, Kung Fu, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Kenpo. We put the students in the middle to evaluate our starting point. “Bow to your partner. Slow, circular sparring with both people attacking and both people defending.” I said. They sparred and switched people a few times in ten minutes, […]

The Least of These: Teaching a Multi-Level Class

Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ ‘The Least of These’ It is always in the back of my mind when I teach, the importance of taking care of the youngest, […]

What is Kata?

Every Karate school has forms that they study. Kihon(s) are basic movements, in our school we would call them combinations. But Katas are more complex, they involve blocks, strikes and kicks as well as proper stances and turns. They are choreographed and must be memorized. Each belt rank has certain katas that are part of the […]