What Good (Martial Arts) Teachers Have in Common

The best teachers in my life have all had something in common:

I could never figure out whether I liked them or not. And most of the time, I disliked them.

But I also realized something: these teachers, the ones I learned the most from, held themselves responsible for making sure I got better.

Regardless of whether or not I liked it.

Sensei Doris discusses bullying with students.
Sensei Doris discusses bullying with students.

Who were the best teachers in your life? Click “more” to find out about some of mine.


Arnis/Sai Seminar Success Jan. 18, 2014

Here are a few photos from the recent seminar! I couldn’t make it for the Arnis portion, but I got some good shots from the sai part.

Big thanks as usual to Sabumnim Cory for spending his Saturday up at NWSMA! 😀


“Karate is Like Boiling Water:” Reasons for NWSMA’s Absence from Training Policy

demo team
Sempai Jasmine doing form at a demo.

One of Gichin Funakoshi’s 20 precepts of karate is,

Karate is like boiling water.

I think this has a lot to do with absences from training. Which has a lot to do with our new policy!

I promised everyone a fuller explanation. If you want to read what was going through our heads when we created it, please click “more.”

Instructor Resources Musings Scholarly Pursuits

Chang Moo Kwan: Taekwondo or Tang Soo Do?

Taekwondo or Tang Soo Do?

What is Tang Soo Do?

What does Tang Soo Do have to do with Chang Moo Kwan anyway?

Arnis black belt

To clear up some common misconceptions about Chang Moo Kwan (and TKD in general), hit that “more” link!