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Simple doesn’t mean easy

During adult class this week, I was teaching a pre-arranged fighting drill. It was only a 3-4 step drill and the students already knew the techniques. Simple right?  I give you 3 or 4 things to do and then you do them.  Yes, it was simple, but it was not easy.  You see, there’s more…

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“Always do your best”

In almost every dojo, you will find a set of rules. We call it dojo kun. Regardless of the style you practice, they are pretty similar in that they are meant to be guidelines to live by to be a good person and martial artist. These are the rules that were set forth by our…

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Keep it simple

Far too often, we make things more complicated than they need to be.  Sometimes it’s because we are overthinking everything.  We analyze, re-analyze, try to figure out the whys and the why nots and how to make it better whether it be in work, relationships or activities that are supposed to enjoyable. Other times it’s…

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Just some observations

Last week was the last regular week of our karate session before the holidays.  I like to focus on sparring the last week of each session.  The students work hard on techniques and kata all session and it’s a good opportunity to be able to put some of what they learned into practice.  However, it’s…

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Let the wind blow…

During the last week, we have been testing in all our novice and junior karate classes.  It was a very exciting week, but in some ways it was stressful too.  While all the kids did very well (I am extremely proud of all of them), some did better than others.  It is sometimes hard for…

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A body in motion…

Recently, I have had several students, both kids and adults, going through some emotionally hard times.  They all came to me considering taking some time off from karate.  My advice to them is always the same…don’t do it!  While I never want to lose a student for any reason, that is not the motivation for…

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Fighting the fear of fighting

Sparring can be scary.  Even higher ranking students can find this intimidating.  Whether it is sport fighting or practice for self-defense – it doesn’t matter; our brains are trained to be nice.  Being nice is a good thing!  However, it tends to hold us back when we are either learning to fight in a ring…

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Working with what you have

When I first start working with a group for a self-defense workshop, they inevitably get caught up in what they don’t have.  I hear many different concerns.  Sometimes people think they can’t protect themselves because of what they view as physical short-comings such as not being strong, tall or fast.  Sometimes they think they are…

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Be patient with yourself and others

In the dojo, we have rules called dojo kun. They’re also rules that as martial artists, we try to live by outside of the dojo as well. One of those rules is to “have patience with yourself and others – Kyoshi Brad Wells”. (The irony is that as I sat writing my first draft of…

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