Food for Thought

How Long Before I Get My Black Belt?

When it comes to belt rank, emphasis should be placed on allowing the student to develop and grow at each level of achievement so the color of their belt actually reflects their true skill level. In this blog post I provide an overview of belt ranking systems and advice from seasoned instructors on the real purpose of rank and how students should think about rank.

Weaponize Your New Year’s Resolution

Your New Years’ resolution is a declaration of something you wish to achieve during the year. For all of us, the beginning of a new calendar year often acts as a “reset button” allowing us to make a fresh start or make significant changes in our behavior. Unfortunately, we all know that many New Year’s Resolutions fail – but behavioral scientists have documented the causes of failure as well as the keys to success – highlighted in this blog post.

Starting Martial Arts Over 40: What You Need to Know

The American Heart Association has identified physical activity as one of the “Life’s Simple 7” lifestyle factors that have tremendous impacts on health and well-being. Your martial arts training can be a great way for you to do something you enjoy while also improving your health in numerous ways. Middle aged and older adults must take some precautions when training. This blog post – which is packed with LOTS of information – delves into those precautions and also provides useful information and resources to help you get started (and stay on track) with your training.

How Break Diving Can Help You Reach Your Martial Arts Goals More Quickly

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by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD (and GMAU student) Bruce Lee famously said, “I don’t fear the man who knows 10,000 kicks. I fear the man who practices one kick 10,000 times.” What then is the key to practicing that one kick 10,000 times?  Persistence, right?  So, what’s the key to that persistence?  For that you need …

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