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Too Much, Too Soon, Too Fast

Have you ever started something new, become enraptured with it, and try to spend as much time as possible doing it? Yeah, me too. Kenpo is one of my personal passions like that. For many beginners just starting down the martial arts path, it’s like that as well. Some become dojo junkies always looking for the next bit of knowledge, even if it’s beyond their current skill level. But a word of caution. Trying to do … Read entire article »

Filed under: Philosophy

All Sizes Matter in Training

Let’s not mince words about it, I’m just not a tall person. At 5′ 7″, dunking a basketball is going to require a lot of creative engineering if I want to mark it off the to-do list. But it doesn’t bother me. This is who I am, and all I’ve ever known. Incorporating your height (or weight) is another facet of karate training. My martial arts perspective is that of a 5′ 7″ person. But all of … Read entire article »

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What Disney World can teach about martial arts training

Recently, the family and I took a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. It was a great time to get away and make memories. But being a Kenpoist, I was always looking around to see how my training affected my daily perceptions. One of the many things that impressed me was the efficiency of the whole atmosphere. So I asked, What can Disney World teach us about training for martial arts? Expansive – With four … Read entire article »

Filed under: Personal Stories

3 Questions with Stephanie Hammond

[Editor’s Note – 3 Questions is a continuing interview series of martial artists who have become friends to Bowley Kenpo Karate either in real life or online. If you would be interested in participating in 3 Questions, please drop us a line. ] Name: Stephanie Hammond Practices martial arts at: Corsello’s Kenpo Karate Location of the school: Lansdale, PA How did you get into martial arts? – My parents wanted my brother to be in the martial arts, and I just … Read entire article »

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Big Step vs. Next Step

Each step along the martial arts path is simply placing one foot in front of the other and then repeat. Learn blocks, learn strikes, learn techniques, sparring, advancement are all steps of progress. But as simple as a concept as this might seem, the process often appears intimidating. To a beginner moving from white belt to yellow, it seems like such a huge step up. (This viewpoint is common again from orange to purple, green to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Philosophy

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