My Life as a Martial Arts Instructor

2018-07-06T22:59:20+00:0026 April, 2018|Article|

…began in the noughties, when I started teaching children from five years of age.  While I might look back and cringe a little at how I did things then, I must have been showing some potential because the class grew in popularity. Prior to that, my background was many years in corporate training in subject [...]

A Solution to Both Sides of Bullying

2018-07-05T11:14:13+00:0024 January, 2018|Article|

There is quite a bit of focus these days on ensuring bullied children have the tools to remedy their situation.  That’s all very well, but very little is said it seems, about what should be done about the bullies themselves.  The outcome is that it is the victims of bullying who have to shoulder the [...]

Setting Boundaries with Children

2018-07-05T11:14:13+00:0025 December, 2017|Article, Recommended reading|

This book is a follow-up of the excellent Boundaries by the authors Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend, and was recommended to me when my children were younger.  I found it invaluable, both with my children and with the other relationships in my life. As a martial arts instructor, the principles learned from this [...]

Is Your Young Prince… Charming?

2018-07-06T13:13:44+00:0028 August, 2017|Article|

Very recently I was listening to Dr Michael Carr-Gregg speaking about the fact that, through his work with families over the last three decades, he is seeing an unmistakable increase in disrespectful and contemptuous behaviour in some boys, amongst the worst manifestations of which are the “prince boofheads” who turn their aggression towards women in [...]

Void (Ku)

2018-07-06T13:25:34+00:007 June, 2017|Theme of the month|

Ku:  Emptiness.  Nothingness.  The void. Ku is about allowing oneself to sense surroundings and act without thinking. It is a core element of what we try to convey in our teaching and manifests in many different contexts. One is the emptiness that one seeks when disappearing or becoming invisible within a technique.  Another is the [...]

Thinking what…?

2018-07-05T11:14:13+00:006 April, 2017|Article, Theme of the month|

There’s much good material published in both in books and on the internet about that thing called positive thinking, and it’s likely you’ve read at least some it, so you probably already know it’s healthy to experience the full range of emotions, including everyone’s great old friend guilt.  But while there’s no question that submerging [...]

Martial Art or Martial Sport

2018-07-06T17:25:00+00:001 March, 2017|Article|

In martial sports, competitors are awarded points for practices such being able to demonstrate complex techniques and flawless katas (choreographed movement), or for fighting with strict safety rules to avoid permanently disabling one’s opponent. The martial sports such as taekwondo, Brazilian ‘jiu jitsu’ (BJJ) or karate teach important skills of course, and those who love [...]

Self-Discipline: Fundamental to Success

2018-07-06T13:59:06+00:006 February, 2017|Article, Theme of the month|

Over the years we’ve found that one of the key things parents are looking for in a martial art is ‘discipline’.  For parents of younger children, this might mean improved focus or more physical control. Of course, we model what’s expected as far as behaviours go, and by default demonstrate the self-discipline required to persevere [...]

Fill up your Happy Tanks

2018-07-05T11:14:13+00:001 October, 2016|Article|

Spring is just springing and the joys of the season are upon us. This happy season is a wonderful, visible reminder of renewal, and the pleasures that this can bring.  The changes brought by this season seem to bring along with them the need for us to get on with our spring cleaning, which usually [...]

Physical Activity and Personal Development

2018-07-06T14:03:02+00:001 September, 2016|Article, Theme of the month|

We need the balance of mind, body and spirit to function optimally, and with the 2016 Olympic Games for able-bodied athletes behind us and the Paralympics to commence in September, it’s a good moment to ponder on how sports/physical activity (in our case, martial arts) contribute to personal development. We engage in philosophical and artistic [...]