Crying at the Karate School

It’s happened twice in the last two weeks… Once by myself as I walked into the school, and once yesterday while I was teaching a class. Last night, I was lining up my beginner class, and this overwhelming feeling of gratitude hit me. Our students were on point. They were totally engaged. They were focused. Everyone was there to train. …

Teeth Brushing on Vacation

I’ve decided that when I’m on vacation, I’m going to stop brushing my teeth. No toothbrush. No toothpaste. No floss. But it totally makes sense, right? It’s VACATION!! You Don’t do anything on vacation!! When I’m home and working, I always have to brush my teeth. I wake up, I brush. There is never a morning that you want to …

Everything is Difficult in the Beginning!

Remember these 6 words: Everything is difficult in the beginning! It’s always important to remember that as you’re learning a new skill, as you’re learning a new technique, it’s possible you’re always going to be bad at first. Maybe you’re one of those people that are super talented and can pick something up immediately. That’s awesome! I’m not one of those …

I Confirmed Their Suspicions: Americans are CRAAAAZYY!

Shock. Awe. Disbelief. Who thinks that way? Who says that? The look on everyone’s face as we all sat there eating was worth the whole trip 🙂 Let me back up. Last year, I went on a vacation to Italy, but not a sightseeing trip. It was a swim vacation! Every day, 4-5 kilometers of swimming along the coastline of …

The Student we TRIED to Fail

Have you ever heard of anyone earning their black belt in 11 months? Brian Keefer is the very first student that I trained to go from white belt to black belt. Brian is an amazing martial artist who’s very talented. He was about 10, maybe 11 years old when he started training with me. It only took him 11 months …

DIY Ninja

Need a last minute Halloween costume? I got you covered! I’ll keep this short and sweet because if you still don’t have a costume you’re probably realllly busy! Pull out a black tee and you’ll be ready to go in less than 2 minutes! Happy Halloween!      

Great Leaders

Let’s Make This Our Motto

I’m going to tell on my mom… When I was learning how to drive, she used to tell me, “Do as I say, don’t do as I do!” 🤣 I don’t remember the exact things she was telling me not to do…perhaps it was shaking her fist at “idiot drivers,” (her words ) maybe it was driving too aggressively…or it could have …

Listen To The Sound Of Your Uniform – Part 1

Listen To The Sound Of Your Uniform Can you hear it? Students, one of the things I want you to do when you are practicing your forms is to listen to the sound of them. I was just testing a student on their universals one through nine and their techniques were really strong, really good! However, I couldn’t hear their uniform! …

Stretching For Speed

Hey everyone! I want to share another quick training tip with you, today. I want to share the importance of stretching! Stretching is a key element to becoming faster as a  martial artist.  The more flexible you are, the faster you’ll be able to move. And obviously, the least likely you’ll be to actually injure yourself. But if you want to …