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What You Can Do to Make 25% More Income Next Year

June 25, 2010

Study and Master Student Retention This is a subject I have been studying for years. I have not fully learned it, or learned it well, but I would like to share with you what I’ve discovered (rather than claim to “teach” you what I know… Man’s gotta know his limits!) in my few years of […]

Blog Post 051610

May 16, 2010

I am catching hell trying to get these articles typed up. A few weeks ago, my house was burglarized, and although they caught the parties that did it, the computers were never recovered. That, coupled with family issues and a big recruitment push we are doing at the school, has prevented me from dedicating enough […]

Making Sense of Kung Fu “Animals”

May 5, 2010

Over the years, I’ve read with amusement some articles about martial arts “animals”. First it was Kung Fu people who really did not have a good grasp of the animal styles within their own systems. Then it was the Kung Fu people who learns styles with no animals, trying to add “hidden” animal styles to […]

Producing Good FMA Instructors, pt VI

May 3, 2010

Learn the different learner types and teach them accordingly As martial arts teachers we should learn student types, just as one would study fighter types. Each martial arts student has a preferred method of learning, and many of these students find it difficult to learn in any other form of learning than the one that […]

Teach “Intro” Classes

April 25, 2010

Periodically, I will supplement my income by teaching introductory classes. Not quite a seminar, these are one-day events; short classes that skim the surface of a subject that will hopefully generate some interest in full-time learning. Chose a market that normally wouldn’t come in contact with your school. How about a nearby business district? Or […]

The New “Thing” in the Martial Arts

April 25, 2010

Martial artists have this “thing”, that we always like chasing after the new “thing” in the martial arts. Every few years, the new fads come and go, leaving behind a wave of newly certified teachers of the arts and a few die-hard enthusiasts. While once touted as and extremely effective form of fighting, the old […]

When a Student Quits

April 24, 2010

When I was 14, I dated a beautiful young girl named Violeta Alvarado. She was a Salvadoran immigrant who studied martial arts, and got in streetfights a lot. Tailor-made for me, we hung out almost every day, and she even joined my kung fu school. We went to arcades for hours a day, practiced martial […]

Do Everything Well

April 23, 2010

This article is going to seem as if I am contradicting my own philosophy about specializing in the martial arts. But let me clarify something first. Not all martial artists are created equal. There are some of us who do this full-time as teachers, some of use do this full-time as students/fighters, some do it […]

Teaching Technique: One At a Time

April 15, 2010

Several days ago I was talking with a student of the late Sensei Don Buck (sorry, I forgot his name already) and I listened to his stories of what training was like in the 80s for him, and how he views martial arts training today. This gentleman lamented the quick promotions we see so common […]

Hold Your Stick

April 12, 2010

A young Eskrimador was excited to meet a local champion, who was a hero of his. After meeting him, he jumped at the chance to ask him his opinion about which skill he should emphasize to improve his fighting performance. To the young man’s disappointment, the champion simply told him, “learn to hold your stick”… […]

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