Category: Box

Fighting Fear

At Valkyrie we make it no secret that we’re owned and run by women. We constantly, actively recruit women as students. When the subject of women, fear, and martial arts comes up in conversation, it’s common to assume that you’re going to be talking about fear of being hit, hurt, or injured. Bzzt. Wrong. Thank […]

Post Assessment

First run of assessments done. Rapier sparring took up our entire night on the previous Monday, and the wrestling assessments completely destroyed the whole class and left us exhausted enough that we finished class a half hour early on Thursday. It will take me another week to work through all the video footage, alone and […]

Traditional Arts in the Modern Martial Arts World

I love watching the UFC these days. It’s progressed and developed to the point where a good bout looks like sparring from old-school martial arts. Lyoto Machida’s fight against Mark Munoz was pretty much exactly what I learned to do in Shotokan Karate. Control the distance in the fight, look for the perfect opening, and […]

Painting Death

Ditch all the drama of martial arts, and you are left with a reality that doesn’t jive with our spoken or even understood reasons for training. Mostly we spend time justifying our interest. A lot of the justifications I hear don’t stand up under some scrutiny, but we still use those justifications amongst ourselves to […]