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Who are you competitive with?

Who are you competitive with?

While at my alter-ego day job the other day and also in the break room playing ping pong with a coworker, he remarked he thought most black belts were super competitive. Now my coworker certainly has an authoritative opinion on this as he’s a black belt in Jiu Jitsu along with a few other styles. He’s also competitive at ping pong. I disagreed saying, while I’m not yet a black belt, I don’t believe most are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Philosophy

Ping Pong and Karate. No, Really.

Ping Pong and Karate. No, Really.

At my alter ego, day-job, the company has recently put a ping pong table in the break room. Now there’s a daily gathering, sometimes more frequently, to determine the “championship belt.” Over the last few months, as players got better, I’ve seen a chance for better sparring as a result of playing ping pong. No, our games don’t become so violent we resort to throwing the paddles . . . . usually. In dojo or tournament sparring, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Personal Stories, Philosophy, Sparring

Lessons from Big D

Lessons from Big D

A few weeks ago, five students and I attended the Big D annual tournament in Dallas, Texas. It’s one of the largest, open tournaments in the area, and for us it’s special as it also has Kenpo forms divisions. This was the third year in a row my daughters and I entered the event. Even so, there are two lessons I took away from the great event this year. First time competitors – When you’ve been to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Personal Stories, Philosophy

Brown Belt Thesis

Brown Belt Thesis

Fair warning up front, this is a long post. For my 3rd degree brown belt test in October 2010, Mr. Brian Duffy asked me to write a Brown Belt Thesis. The purpose behind the thesis, and the subsequent one necessary for black belt, should be what you can offer the Art. While I don’t believe there is a requirement for the length of the thesis, it should be long enough to convey the point adequately. My … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Personal Stories

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