Full Time

For the second time in my life, I’m going to be a full-time martial arts teacher. It’s a privilege and a responsibility, and not a thing to be taken lightly. Much has changed in me since my first go around. I’m older and more broken, but I’ve learned so much in the intervening time. There are teachers who think running a school as a business is a way of watering down your art. The valid point they make is that to make money, you have to water down your art. That’s valid in some ways, but it doesn’t consider all the aspects of running a professional martial arts school. For sure, full-contact boxing, wrestling and swordplay out of the gate is going to make a lot of people stick their head in the door, turn right around and walk away and never come back. Most people will walk away. Hell,…

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Bullshit and Lies

Do you want to be an eagle or a crow? Common sense and admiration are fantasies. We look at the eagle, the hawk, and the falcon and think of the power, beauty and above all deadly efficiency of the raptors. Why would you want to be the common, when you can be the exceptional? Who wins a fight, Crow or Eagle? The eagle has talons, and that wicked hooked beak. It’s bigger than a crow. We name fighter jets after eagles and falcons because we recognize the true warrior power of these creatures. If you want to inspire with your martial arts school, you would have no problem using a raptor as your logo. A crow is a small bird. Sure, it’s smart, but it’s got tiny claws and a beak better suited for opening mcdonalds waste packaging than hurting anything. They are drearily common, and mostly derided as a…

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