Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and now learning Shudokan Karate.
I've been fighting a cold for the last week and now I'm about to step on a plane to go to Mexico for two weeks. If I see anything martial I write about it, but I may not have the energy to type in the heat.
It's thanksgiving here in the states today and usually most things around the holiday are put aside to get ready for family and cooking. However, we took a vote and decided we'd do both classes as way to squeeze in as much training as we could. However the first class only had five of us and then after class was only three of us.
Reed started the class very quickly and that means the bare minimum of warm so we could get to content. He asked how much was on my plate. This meant that he was learning something and needed someone else to work with. He does his best learning by teaching someone else. Since he's kind of being pushed to work on his next belt he needs to learn four new kata under the Ryuei-Ryu school. We'd learned Anan which was the fourth I believe, but Pachu is the first. At any rate the pronunciation of said kata sounds like a sneeze to me; thus the title of the post. We got most of the way through it, but class ended. Everybody said their farewell…
When Sensei's eight year old daughter is "done" with class she only gives the very least in effort. I can't imagine what she's like at home, but I imagine they feel more free to address her behavior. Unfortunately, when I have to teach the young folks she is often an issue because I have to devote so much attention to her. That means the group suffers. I imagine I should just ignore her, but when she is partnered with another person they both get less done.
Last night I had four girls of varying ages and experience trying to get through two exercises. Each having less and less interest in the work as time went on. On a good night everyone is pretty much on the same page, but as the time stretched on I seemed plagued by several issues. The daughter and her partner started giggling which is a sure sign things are going down hill. Then they started shoving each other. In the other pair, one girl asked a questi…
My Buddy Colin Wee who runs Traditional Tae Kwon Do in Perth, Australia is an enterprising guy by anyone's standard. So I was pleased when he approached me and several other martial arts folks to create some articles so that he could explore areas and how they relate. I chose depression as a theme because of the issues I've been dealing with parents. Below is the article I wrote for him and here is his.
Depression, Symptoms And Its Treatment From the Martial Arts Perspective Generally speaking, we all have ups and downs throughout the day, week, and season. Most folks are not usually aware of the moods that pass by if they are fleeting and mild. We tend to become aware of our emotional state when it starts impacting our quality of life. Because of cultural influence, this article focuses on the Western male. I can’t speak to other cultures but I can imagine in most patriarchal ones the emotional response is similar. Although the polar opposite of depression is mania, we’…