Phone call 9am, Friday morning. “Have you seen the news?” “No, I don’t watch the news. Are you okay?” “There was a shooting last night…” This was the worst call I have ever received. I got the call on the morning of July 20, 2012, from my dear friend who had just survived a mass … Continued
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” -Bruce Lee “Tylor, you’re so fat!” “You will never be able to do a sit-up.” “Good luck running the mile at that weight.” So many people out there, even kids, have the potential to destroy someone. Not necessarily physically, but … Continued
A-LO-HA! MMA…Mixed Martial Arts right? Not here! Yes, most martial arts schools are switching to a more cumulative martial arts experience. Karate, Tae-Kwon-Do, Kempo, Kenpo, Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, etc… They all offer something that is essential to self-defense. But, there’s more to it than that. I am a long participant in the martial arts, and … Continued
Professor Garland R. Johnson Universal Kempo-Karate Schools Association October 13, 2007
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
Business professors Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad wrote about an experiment conducted with a group of monkeys. Four monkeys were placed in a room that had a tall pole in the center. Suspended from the top of that pole was a bunch of bananas.
Do: Always compliment your child after each class (find something they did well). This is also a great time to give a hug or a kiss (these are free and generous). High fives work great too! Kids should immediately associate martial arts with a feeling of success and pride. Don’t: Criticize your child during or immediately … Continued
This story illustrates that the grass only looks greener on the other side of the fence when it rarely is greener and it’s one of my favorites. We become so accustomed to our side of the fence or our station in life that we succumb to unfair or inaccurate comparisons.
At the end of our kempo classes, we frequently wrap up by standing in a circle and saying “I’m glad I came.” Truth be told, there are many times when going to class takes a lot of effort. When I was coming up through the ranks, there were times I would get frustrated at how quickly … Continued
Four martial arts students all decided to climb Pikes Peak. One went up the north side, one the east, one the west and one the south. As they each walked up the mountain, they saw different things.