theMALC

the Martial Arts Learning Community

The Martial Arts Learning Community (The MALC) is a Non-Profit Agency chartered in the state of Delaware. The MALC supports various studies of the history and development of the Martial Arts, studies using a scientific approach to identify Best Practices in the Martial Arts, and the publishing of these research works. The MALC supports the study of the Martial Arts as physical education. Our community produces educational seminars and promotes both national and international amateur sports competitions. The MALC will provide programs and services not currently available that will benefit Martial Arts students and teachers, their community, and our world as a whole.

Recent Articles

Addressing Student Performance Issues

by Dennis Lawson

Earlier this week, senior instructor Mark Brosten and I were discussing some challenges we’ve faced regarding student performance. The following is our process for helping students make necessary “corrective adjustments”. We use this as a step by step method to help the student change their behavior.

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How Important Is Your Curriculum?

by Dennis Lawson

In the last 40 years, a number of versions of Kenpo rank requirements have developed. Some studios require as few as 10 techniques per belt rank; while others still use the “original” (circa 1970) 32 technique format. Perhaps the studio owner’s thinking is:

What format works best with modern students? How do I differentiate my studio in a competitive market?  Or, what version of the Kenpo curriculum works with my current business model?

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Stop Setting Goals!

by Dennis Lawson

As we move into the holiday season, many of us are already thinking about those things we’d like to accomplish in 2017. I was once a big advocate for BAGS – Big Audacious Goal Setting. Many articles have appeared in this newsletter supporting the idea of setting long term goals. Whether suggested by me or other contributors, setting long term goals can help you focus your attention on your desired future. I was particularly aware of the importance of this when running a Marital Arts studio. It seemed that everyone who joined wanted to be a black belt. It was my job to aid students to be consistent; showing up for each class. We worked, each and every class, on building the skills, attributes, and especially, the attitudes, that the Martial Arts demands of everyone. Believe me, if I could have sold them a magic black belt pill, I’d be a wealthy man today.

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Lesson Plans For Marital Arts Classes

by Dennis Lawson

Years ago I dealt with the question, “Mr. Lawson, why do you always carry a clipboard when you’re teaching?” My answer was straightforward and simple, “I create a plan for each class I teach, this allows me to deal with variables, questions, and other teachable moments as they arise, and still, cover the essential material for the class.” Most teachers and coaches have a written plan for their classes or training sessions, how about you?

One Lesson Plan format I’ve used many times is the Madeline Hunter Lesson Design Model. Hunter uses eight points. Using these steps will help you make sure your classes are interesting, consistent, and always exciting.

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