Where did this board breaking thing even come from? Do we hate trees? Find out more about the history, purpose and risks of board/ice/stone/brick/tile breaking. Featuring many historical references, and some questionable stock footage.
Apps for Instructors
While the noble art of being an instructor goes back to the first time someone said “hey, let me show… Read more Apps for Instructors
Don’t Save: Teach
“We rescue because it feels good,” Lahey says. Parents want to rescue their kids from everything, and so do instructors,… Read more Don’t Save: Teach
A Day in the Life of a Sensei
A Sensei is many things – janitor, nurse, counsellor, accountant, career guidance coach, wailing wall, mentor, caterer, event manager, teacher and role model. Even when we don’t want to be, we are always in a gi.
Late Bloomers Welcome
I got an email from a possible student the other day, asking if we offered adult classes, or if we… Read more Late Bloomers Welcome
The Launch of Martial Heart
It is with this in mind that I finally started an initiative that I have been thinking about for a long time. It is a small start, but I hope it will grow over time.
Vygotsky and the Sempai
Lev Vygotsky offers a way for us to understand the value of peer teaching, which appears in all good dojos around the world: the sempai-kouhai relationship.
3 Fun Ideas for Teaching Kids Karate
In my journey as a deshi, I have been given some great opportunities to come up with clever ways to… Read more 3 Fun Ideas for Teaching Kids Karate
Returning to the Dojo
One missed class can easily become three. Three classes becomes a month. Then six. Then a year. And then there’s a day when you open your cupboard and there is your gi, hanging up and gathering dust. Waiting. (And silently judging you.)
Dear Adult Beginners: It Gets Better
But as an adult beginner, the constant corrections are overwhelming, and sometimes humiliating. It’s hard not to feel like a failure, and to think that no one else has ever been this bad at karate, or aikido, or judo, or whatever you choose to do. But you know what? There isn’t a senior who wasn’t a junior, and who doesn’t learn every day from the junior students they teach. You’re not slowing anyone down by asking for help.