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Kent Nelson on Learning & Teaching

Kent Nelson on learning, teaching, and being a pioneer in the digital space Finally had some time to film and sit down and talk with Kent Nelson on learning by himself, figuring how to teach, and what works for him. We talk his learning history, distance learning via seminars, and how he pieced together all[…]

Is it authentic? Who cares?

A rational look at authenticity People often search for and advertise, “authentic (martial art here).” There are many forms of authenticity, most of which don’t have tremendous value to your life. Let’s look at some: With technique of a past era. So either tactics, tools, requirements, or rules have changed. Maybe the art has become[…]

Don’t worry about level

Today doesn’t matter in the long run. Be a good person. I was at the MKG Instructor Conference this week, which dovetailed into a Dan Inosanto seminar, so naturally I stayed over for some of it and was really looking forward to working with a variety of very skilled people; the level in that room[…]

Dan Inosanto greatest martial artist

The greatest influence

The greatest influence on your martial arts are your primary instructors: not Bruce Lee nor Dan Inosanto, no matter how much you want them to be. With the Dan Inosanto seminar just over (contact me and I’m happy to link to your event) and some of the feedback from the last post, I thought I’d[…]

Dan Inosanto greatest martial artist

Why calling Dan Inosanto greatest martial artist alive isn’t giving him enough credit

Dan Inosanto is the greatest martial artist of all time period. With the Dan Inosanto seminar coming into town, I thought I’d scribble this down. First, some definitions: martial arts is a body of knowledge and practice. In the modern sense we exclude from it practical aspects of war and combat. Looking at karate, which[…]

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Body hardening. Bullshit.

Body hardening is like buying volcano insurance–if it turns out you need it, you’ve already lost Still on the tail end of sickness, this seems like an apt topic. Like many kung fu enthusiasts, in my youth I explored ways to mimic what we saw on film and those secretive masters behind their red doors[…]

your martial arts dollar

Your martial arts dollar

With a few seminars coming to town in March, I thought I’d write about how to get the most out of your martial arts dollar, and if you teach, how to advise your students for a better long-term relationship. First thing’s first: pay your teacher on time. They don’t write off aging-AR, they just close[…]