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

Safety Guidance For Weapons Training

by Dennis Lawson

I recently added some weapons training, learned from my years of weapons work in Aiki Budo, to my weekly training regimen. Training again with a jo (short staff) and bokken (wooden sword) reminded me of the importance of “respecting the weapon”. Much of the ritual associated with weapons training in traditional arts is placed there to help students internalize safety while training with man-made weapons. Here are some ideas to help you “Make Safety a Habit” as you train with weapons.

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Instructor Or Life Coach? – Teach Principles!

by Dennis Lawson

Yes, it's been quite a while since you've read a new MALC newsletter! I'm responsible for that lapse and I apologize. The last 90 days have been a challenge to my time management skills. I've finally completed the following projects:

MHt. Certification - Master Hypnotist
Advanced Reiki Training (Level A)
The Competent Communicator designation and required High Impact Leadership project for Toastmasters International
Dual Life Coaching Certifications
Spiritual/Wellness coach through the Association for Research and Enlightenment (Edgar Cayce Center)
Business/Personal Development coach through the International Hypnosis Federation

All of this was done while maintaining my 40 hour per week "real job" as a Health, Safety, & Fleet manager, sustaining my other daily practices, and training in Kenpo a minimum of 2 to 3 hours per week.

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Are You “training” Or Just “working Out”?

by Dennis Lawson

Recently I read “The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance” by Ericsson, Krampe, and Tesch-Romer (American Psychological Association, 1993). This research paper enhanced my work on the second edition of Talking Kenpo and relates to a previous article “Mastery = 10,000 hours”. More specific terminology is essential to clarify our work in the Martial Arts. The original definition in the Encyclopedia of Kenpo states:

Practice vs. Training – Practice is a rehearsed workout that instills routine habit. Training is a disciplined workout that is performed more vigorously.

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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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