Tag: martial arts

Everyday Is Training Day

With Every Beginning

   I started martial arts in 1986 at the behest of my Aunt when I was in the 6th grade after being on the wrong side of an after-school altercation with 3 older kids.  In hindsight, I was by no means completely innocent in the incident but didn’t exactly deserve the 3 on 1 treatment.…
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Coolers, Closers, and Cleaners

I recently finished a book titled by renowned trainer Tim Grover.  He is widely known for his work with elite athletes, most notably Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, and considered an authority on performance, motivation and mental toughness.  I highly recommend the read.  Grover categorizes athletes into one of three groups: Coolers, Closers…
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Frustration

Frustration. “The feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.” Psychologically it is an emotional response that arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of an individual’s will or goal and is likely to increase when the longer it is denied. EVERY student I have ever taught…
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Sir, Are You Aware…

Awareness. A concept I often discuss during my entrepreneurship classes as it is vitally important to fully understand who you are, your strengths, and more importantly, your weaknesses before embarking on a risky endeavor such starting a business. As a young karate student, Self-Awareness was one of the “Selfs” we were required to learn and…
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Discipline…Who’s Your Daddy?!

One particular principle the authors highlight as key to creating an environment and culture of ownership is Discipline. Now this shouldn’t be a foreign term to any practitioner of the martial arts. It’s a staple. A core value. A central pillar of the practice and study of any martial art.

Is 4 Too Young?

I often get asked by parents what is a good age to start martial arts or how young do you take kids?  It’s a tough question that unfortunately doesn’t have a clean answer.  The martial arts are a great activity for kids for 2 big developmental reasons: physical attributes and life skills. Malcom Gladwell’s now…
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Choose 1 Lose One

Here at MAMA we have a Chose 1 Lose One board as part of our Training For Warriors Program. As an accountability tool, we ask students to write one thing they commit to taking on and one thing to eliminate in their larger goal of getting more fit, healthier and becoming a better person. While…
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Adaptive Defense Methods

Adaptive Defense Methods Dedicated to self-defense and fitness for everyone in the special needs and adaptive athlete community A graduate of Grace University with a degree in Pyschology, Brandon Ryan is a lifelong martial artist.  Born with Cerabral Palsy, his organization Adaptive Defense Method boasts a mission to not let anyone feel helpless, regardless of physical…
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A Dear Old Friend: The Heavy Bag

Such a simple tool.  Often taken for granted.  It’s not a fancy piece of equipment; a bag simply stuffed with a random assortment of things.  Hanging, waiting for someone to befriend it.  Regardless of how much you use it, how much you abuse it, how much you sweat on it; No emotion, no judgment.  Unconditional…
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