instructor playtime

Instructor Playtime

Let’s not wait for seminars to bring us together At the recent Maul Mornie seminar in Detroit, I was delighted that it brought people from all over: East Coast, Chicagoland, Minneapolis, and Toronto. I of course took the opportunity to film and play around with those who could spare the time. But we all agreed[…]

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The guru voice

Do you, your teachers, or students suffer from sifu or guru voice? As we ease into the holiday weekend, now may be the perfect time to meet your martial arts community in a more social setting: watching fireworks, or eating chicken wings or quinoa salad. And in this setting, do people still talk like Kwai[…]

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Happy training

Happy training requires gratitude and realistic expectations I made a video the other day on my golden period of training, and how I may reflect on these days as another golden time. But I’m training much less, not as hard, and of course I’m older, so what makes me think this? Part of it is[…]

BJJ black belt

The BJJ black belt is a great idea

The BJJ black belt solution works — just like BJJ does Those familiar with traditional martial arts know that achieving a black belt means you just got out of beginner, or maybe intermediate if it’s a particularly rigorous or large system. And anyone who’s been involved with martial arts for a while also know of[…]