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I am not totally new to martial arts but I recently got back into them after being out for almost 20 years. A year ago I started taking Krav Maga at a shool accredited by Krav Maga Worldwide and am now a yellow belt. This has spiked my interest and now take Hapkido and Contemporary Jeet Kune Do. Krav, being a hard style is very interesting to me but I became interested in Hapkido because my Krav instructer had some background in it. I recently started taking Hapkido and initially thought…Continue
There are times in a man's life when he needs to declare war. War against himself, his life and his path. By defeating and overcoming our problems we (hopefully) grow, evolve and prosper. But only if we go at it full on, to declare war as it may be.
Today I realized that in my almost 40 years (37 1/4), though I have loved. I have never known love (being loved). I have survived but never thrived. I have lived as a positive person, but never a successful person. Yes people…Continue
So last night's class knocked the cold right out of me...2hrs of intense workout...an incredible amount of push ups...shoulder are in pain today...then sparring, sparring and more sparring...I was pair up with thie youngish asian guy, probably twenty something...his kicks were fast and killer, although a lower belt he had taekwondo is his background....he started off nice enough but accelerated... he started going at it, I thought I block most his kicks, this morning I have a nice…Continue
It is easy to let the pain and suffering of others go quickly by, especially when it happens continents away.
I would like to take a moment to put my thoughts and prayers out there for the people of Japan and or brothers and sisters in their martial arts community. May god be with you and may the difficult times quickly fade into memory as you begin the daunting task of rebuilding and reliving!
I just wanted to jot down some advice that my personal experience has taught me over the years from my military, law enforcement, bouncing and teaching.
Yes, strength does play a role in all martial arts. Be it leg, back, arm or whatever. You have to have the strength in the body parts that your art focuses on. Like in Hapkido, hand, wrist and forearm strength are a must, though it is developed through your training.
Above all, even over muscle, attitude and…Continue
Lately I have had a lot of inquiry come to my mind. I have also noticed that the majority of people who are a member of this site kinda just lurk in the background for whatever reason. C'mon people, we can't bite through the computer!
Started my day still being sore from Judo on Tuesday... worked the desk most of the day at one location then took then train to our other school to teach the children's 4;15 class. I had been really hard on them and had promised a fun class if they passed their test...so ....We have a slew of new kids now also who are gung-ho! ( now it's up to almost 20 kids) first we warmed up a bit ,then some basics..They were lined up in 4 groups of 4...I would call up the first…Continue