Life Lessons from Martial Arts

Many people are attracted to martial arts because of the self-defense aspect, but many more learn that there are greater lessons to be learned from the arts than how to avoid or deflect a physical attack. Even if you go through training and a whole lifetime of never needing to use martial arts in self-defense, you will inevitably come out a better person. Continue reading Life Lessons from Martial Arts

Self-defense and the School Bully

The inaugural class of a new elementary charter school has been proactive in the way they plan to approach bullying behavior in their new school. In the late spring, the kids and two facilitators met over a weekend to conclude a semester-long class on personal choices as they pertain to bullying. As in any program worth its salt, the children were told that self-defense is a last resort.  Continue reading Self-defense and the School Bully

A Marriage of Body and Spirit – Budokon

A serious martial artist is always looking for that extra something that will take his or her practice to the next level. Perhaps your strength has plateaued, or maybe there’s just something missing. Cameron Shayne, the founder of Budokon, would suggest that a combination of the martial arts with yoga and meditation, will be the magic formula you’re looking for. Is it right for you? Continue reading A Marriage of Body and Spirit – Budokon

Chinese Novel Comes to Life as Martial Arts TV Series

While William Shakespeare was churning out sonnets and plays in Europe and basking in the accolades of royalty and commoners alike, Wu Cheng’en was essentially living the life of a hermit in 16th century China. Yet his seminal work, Journey to the West, is this very year going to see life Wu Cheng’en could never have imagined. American cable tv company AMC has promised to deliver a new adaptation of Journey this fall as a six-part series called Into the BadlandsContinue reading Chinese Novel Comes to Life as Martial Arts TV Series

Martial Arts for All Ages

Whether you identify more closely in age with Steven Seagal, age 63, or the young Irish martial artist, Jesse-Jane McParland, age 9, you’ll have to admit, it appears the martial arts play no favorites regarding age. Perhaps that is why every year, more than 18 million Americans participate in some form of martial arts.   Continue reading Martial Arts for All Ages