Three elements that help to determine your rate of advancement in the Martial Arts.

Duration, frequency and intensity are the three elements that help to determine your rate of advancement in the Martial Arts. INTENSITY Duration in the Martial Arts refers to how long you have been training. Frequency relates to how often you train. Intensity describes how hard you train. All three of these elements are necessary for…

Excellence

ek-suh-luhns (an outstanding feature; something in which someone or something excels) “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle Excellence is the desire to strive for quality in everything that we do. Excellence is having a profound sense of pride in every undertaking no matter how insignificant…

Commitment

kuh-mit-muhnt (A pledge promise or obligation that we have made on an emotional or intellectual level to a person, persons or course of action) “Until One is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” Goethe I find the term ‘commitment’ to be an expression that is all too easily tossed around…

How to teach kids, without strangling kids

Kevin Cyr – First Degree Black Belt – Central Academy of Martial Arts At some moments, karate camp is equivalent to hell; children run rampant, tormenting you with high squeals and pounding fists – only missing their flaming tails and pitchforks. Other moments, this hell is controllable, rewarding and even enjoyable. I enjoy teaching. It’s…

Courtesy

Shihan Brian Cyr – The Academy of Martial Arts – Founder kur-tuh-see (a courteous, respectful, or considerate act or expression) “Karate begins and ends with courtesy” Gichin Funakoshi Over the years I have heard the term courtesy used to define a particular quality of the Traditional Martial Arts; but does anyone truly understand what this…

The Meaning of the Belt

1)      The Beginning When you start training, it’s all about the belt. You might say you started for the confidence, and the self defence, but deep down, it’s those belts around your waist. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s how I started, its how everyone starts. It’s about that colour, getting that next shiny colour,…