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Archive for May 2012

Socrates’ Teacher: A Fool for a Teacher, pt II (The Other Side)

May 26, 2012

About 6 months ago, we published an article entitled “A Fool for a Teacher“. When you are done with this one, hit the link and check it out. I have a Facebook friend who is a friend to several of my students and a fellow FMAer who follows this blog. His name is Mustafa Miroku […]

My Problem with “Create Your Own Path”

May 24, 2012

This weekend I was talking to a young man who was around 25 and had been studying various martial arts since the age of 6. He is a huge MMA fan as well as a great spokesperson for the Filipino Martial Arts. After hearing him talk to his friend about the martial arts, I couldn’t […]

You Might Get Hurt

May 21, 2012

One of the my favorite, most telling quotes from the martial arts movies is a scene from Bruce Lee’s “Way of the Dragon” (also known as “Return of the Dragon”). He goes into the back of the restaurant where the staff is practicing martial arts, and they ask him for a demonstration. He politely declines, […]

Training for the Street vs. the Ring

May 13, 2012

I recently reconnected with an old friend from the DC area who is planning to begin teaching the martial arts soon. We had not seen each other since the late 90s and have been catching up with each other, in between classes and the time difference. A few weeks ago, we were discussing what I was […]

Learning Wisdom

May 10, 2012

I have read, with disgust, many stories of teachers molesting their students, bilking students out of money and creating cult-like schools. People fall for this and are easily misled because they believe that a martial arts expert is automatically an expert in everything. To misquote Bruce Lee, “We are not all wise men…” Both martial […]