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

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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“Traditional Kenpo”

by Dennis Lawson

During a recent consultation, a studio owner was grumbling about his issues with teaching traditional kenpo. I’ve dealt with this question of what traditional kenpo might be, if it exists at all; in a previous article (see article listing under my name at ( www.themalc.org ). However, this black belt’s arguments reminded me of something W. Edwards Deming, the “Grandmaster” of Total Quality Management, said, “We will never transform our prevailing system of management without transforming our prevailing system of education. They are the same system.” Substitute teaching for management and you’ll have the essence of this article. 

 Logic and Basics vs. the curriculum or syllabus 

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Models Or Techniques?

by Dennis Lawson

While teaching a recent class on logic and basics, I fielded some questions about specific applications of basics in Kenpo techniques. I was able to use this opportunity to teach the larger idea of models vs. techniques. This article developed from that class discussion. First, Kenpo techniques don’t appear out of nowhere; some may be patterns of motion taken from the past, others may be modeled from actual street encounters, and still others may be useful constructs developed by Mr. Parker or his students. All of these sequences of motion derive from a particular scenario.

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