Some Principles For More Effective Training.

by Dennis Lawson on Feb 27th, 2018

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } Focus on Fun – This principle is more important for adults than it is for children. Kids can have fun anywhere and doing almost anything.

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From Movement To Motion: Martial Applications Of Tourettic Energy

by Nicholas VanHole on Jan 9th, 2018

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } During his insightful examination of the relationship between poetic functioning and Tourette syndrome, Professor Ronald Schleifer contends that the vocal and motor tics experienced by tourettic people stem from the same neurobiological resources as poetic language. Schleifer, however, is also quick to comment that such symptoms are not actually poetry or any art form simply in and of themselves.

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Safety Guidance For Weapons Training

by Dennis Lawson on Oct 24th, 2017

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } 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”.

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Instructor Or Life Coach? – Teach Principles!

by Dennis Lawson on Jun 7th, 2017

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } 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.

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

by Dennis Lawson on Feb 20th, 2017

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }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”.

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Addressing Student Performance Issues

by Dennis Lawson on Jan 18th, 2017

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } 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”.

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How Important Is Your Curriculum?

by Dennis Lawson on Dec 19th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }      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.

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Stop Setting Goals!

by Dennis Lawson on Nov 20th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } 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.

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Lesson Plans For Marital Arts Classes

by Dennis Lawson on Oct 16th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } 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.

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“Traditional Kenpo”

by Dennis Lawson on Sep 20th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }a:link { } 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.

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Models Or Techniques?

by Dennis Lawson on Aug 16th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } 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.

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 Caveat Emptor – Let The Buyer Beware

by Dennis Lawson on Jul 15th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }A few days ago I read an interesting discussion on Facebook. No, it wasn’t about politics or cute pet pictures.

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What's Your Mindset?

by Dennis Lawson on Jun 14th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }While consulting with a dojo owner, I had an opportunity to watch him teach a few classes. I became acutely aware of how many times the word “no” was used and how many “negative” corrections he made on his student’s movements.

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by Dennis Lawson on May 13th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }I recently read a thought-provoking Scientific American interview with R. Douglas Fields, a neuro-scientist, whose new book – Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Our Brain - will be of particular interest to Martial Artists.

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Talking Kenpo – The Language Of Motion

by Dennis Lawson on Apr 20th, 2016

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } I recently delivered a speech to a group of non-Martial Artists. The theme was “The Body Speaks”.

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Choosing The Right Weapon

by Ooni Wasselman on Mar 17th, 2016

 In Perogia, militant factions waged a bloody insurgency to free the people from an oppressive, governing regime. It was there that I trained with a group of fighters who ranged in age from 12 yrs. to the unusually old age of 35; unusual in the sense that most of the male population die young, sacrificing their lives for a cause that moves forward at a snail’s pace.

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Are We Overloading Our Adult Students?

by Dennis Lawson on Feb 14th, 2016

Why do I have fewer adult students today than I had five years ago? I dealt with this question during a consulting call from a dojo owner. Like many martial artists running a traditional curriculum, he has expanded his teaching format to include groundwork, training students for amateur MMA bouts in his area, and he instituted separate women’s self-defense classes. After implementing these changes, he still has fewer adult students this year.

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by JJ Simon on Jan 14th, 2016

In order for a human being to reach their potential in any endeavor, they need three things. Willingness, know how and capacity. I will refer to this as WKC for this article.

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Goals For 2016

by Dennis Lawson on Dec 13th, 2015

The holidays are here! As we consider which gift to buy for that special someone, or whether we really need that SMART TV, many of us begin to focus on what we’d like to accomplish in the New Year. Perhaps it’s the next belt rank, training more often, or dropping that extra 10 lbs. that interests you.

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by Dennis Lawson on Nov 15th, 2015

 I’m currently working on the expanded second edition of Talking Kenpo – Best Practices in Marital Arts Training. In this new version, I will do my best to answer the many questions and comments I’ve received since the book’s original publication in 2012. The revisions of the second edition will include a new chapter on Control.

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Investing Attention

by JJ Simon on Oct 14th, 2015

Attention is the single most valuable commodity in the world.Whatever you place your attention on will manifest in your life.Unlike other valuable commodities attention is our birthright and it is free to each of us.

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Through Your Student's Eyes

by Dennis Lawson on Oct 14th, 2015

As an instructor or studio owner, have you ever taken the time to think back to the past when you first started your Martial Arts training? Just going into your studio can be a scary experience for someone whose impression of the Martial Arts comes from watching TV, movies, or MMA bouts. How welcoming is your process for working with newly enrolled students? Martial Arts industry sources confirm that the average studio loses 22 to 25% of their first year students no matter what their student contracts may say. Successfully welcoming a new student increases your retention rates and can go a long way in reducing your future marketing costs.

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The Cycle Of Considerations - More Than Combat

by Dennis Lawson on Oct 14th, 2015

As a martial artist, teacher, or studio owner are you as effective as you'd like to be? Sometimes, you don't need to look any farther than you own Art for a more effective direction. Kenpo's Cycle of Considerations is an excellent guide for success in a combat situation; it can also serve as a guide to propel your personal art, your teaching, and your studio toward a higher destination. We'll start, as the Cycle does, with Attitude.

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Situational Awareness

by Dennis Lawson on Jul 14th, 2015

 How aware are you of the dangers inherent in your hometown? Does your level of awareness increase or decrease when you travel to another city? These questions recently came to the forefront of my thinking, when planning a trip home to New Orleans. We were bringing some "first timers" along for the experience. So, what should you attitude be traveling to a new city, especially one with a reputation for a "relaxed" approach to drinking, physical contact, and, unfortunately, street crime? The first lesson comes straight out of Ed Parker's Infinite Insights into Kenpo Mental Stimulation (Book 1).

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From Inspiration To Motivation

by Jimmy Parsons on Jun 16th, 2015

The weight loss journey Part 1. How many times have you been inspired by what other people have achieved? What did you do with that inspiration? I cannot tell you how many times I have been inspired to achieve by someone or something, only to fall short of my goal and give up. So the questions have to change, how do I motivate myself to achieve my goals?   Let me start with a quote from Chris Powell, "Action Conquers Fear: Your choice to change must come from deep emotional desire".

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Is Your Martial Arts Studio A Breeding Ground For Student Motivation?

by Dennis Lawson on May 13th, 2015

An article in the Harvard Business Review discussed a 2008 study by Nohria, Groysberg, and Lee which identified the role of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, in human motivation. Without getting too technical, when dopamine takes a particular neural pathway, the brain predicts that something – whether good or bad – is about to occur. That mental image initiates a response.

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Mastery = 10,000 Hours?

by Dennis Lawson on Apr 14th, 2015

I recently had a discussion with a young man who was exuberant about learning the Martial Arts. His desire was scattered around studying a number of different Arts. I suggested that, to be successful, he should start by focusing on a single Art and train toward a goal.

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Finding Your Way In Modern Martial Arts

by Ooni Wasselmann on Mar 15th, 2015

I'd like to thank the Martial Arts Learning Community for creating a format that allows the ordinary practitioner an opportunity to express themselves in print. Becoming a black belt in any martial art is much more than a rigorous physical reality. Depending on the origin or continued venue for your art, the requirements may range from simple memorization and performance of the basic material, to far more complex discourse on its systematic applications.

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Six Steps To Hands-on Student Training

by Dennis Lawson on Feb 14th, 2015

 You understand the importance of martial arts training, but have you ever struggled to keep the attention of every student in your class? I’ve outlined some ideas to assist you in preparing for your next training session. Here are some basic strategies that can make training more effective for you and your students.   Step 1: Create a lesson plan When planning your training, considered who you will be training, what you want them to learn, and how you can measure success.

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by Dennis Lawson on Jan 12th, 2015

During a consultation with a studio owner I became concerned over, what I perceived as a lack of studio formalities. When I approached the owner about this “problem” there was little interest in even discussing the issue. It prompted me to reflect on the changes I’ve seen in Martial Arts etiquette over the last 40+ years.

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Goal Setting For 2015

by Dennis Lawson on Dec 14th, 2014

As 2014 comes to an end and we enjoy the holiday season, we inevitably move into the “New Year’s Resolution” season. Many of us set goals for the New Year only to abandon them within the first 90 days. Our goals for ourselves, our studios, or our students can end up in that same pile of unopened workout DVDs and underused exercise equipment if they aren’t SMART goals.

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OSHA And Your Martial Arts Studio

by Dennis Lawson on Nov 14th, 2014

As a Health and Safety professional, I've spent the last few weeks in regular meetings with senior managers and various local community health departments regarding the “Ebola scare”. I doubt that any Martial Arts instructors will be dealing with this issue in their studios, but it occurred to me, how many studio owners understand their health and safety responsibilities under state and federal law? I've written on the subject of studio emergency readiness before (see Are You Prepared published last year). This article will deal with regulations here in the United States; so, our international readers should contact their local authorities regarding health and safety requirements in their respective countries.

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What's Your Plan?

by JJ Simon on Oct 14th, 2014

Late one night I was awakened by an argument in the street outside my home. This isn’t unusual. Even though I live in rural area, the spot in front of my house has several late night domestic disputes every year.

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Muscle Memory And The Brain-Body Connection

by Dr. Jeremy Steel on Sep 9th, 2014

When you make every movement count, you know your training has paid off. Understanding the nervous system helps us to better understand the brain-body connection and can improve body awareness and conscious training so you can make every kick, block, and punch count.   When it comes to physical movement, the nervous system is the most important system in the human body.

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On Your Own Part 9

by Mark Brosten on Aug 18th, 2014

When training in different environments, if you stay alert for it, you may become aware of principles of motion popping up all over the place. For example, splitting firewood has become a great way for me to train my martial arts principles. If you don’t need firewood to keep warm in the winter, you can achieve the same results using a set of old tires and sledgehammer.

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Self-Defense -- Before, During, And After

by Dennis Lawson on Jul 15th, 2014

Self-Defense – Before, During, and After As a health and safety professional and a student of the Martial Arts for over 40 years, my training and research exposes me to many disturbing statistics. This article was prompted by a review of a 2011 study of violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report noted:   Every minute 24 people are victims of physical violence, rape, or stalking by an intimate partner.

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Choosing A Knife

by JJ Simon on Jun 15th, 2014

A knife is an aggressive weapon. It may cut whatever the blade touches.Making the choice to carry a knife for personal defense is not to be taken lightly.

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Management --- What It's Not!

by Mark Brosten on May 14th, 2014

Prior to returning to college, I worked for Montana Rail Link as a Carman for five years. A Carman has the responsibilities of inspecting the trains and making repairs as they arrive in the train yard. During that time, I had the frustration of working with the assistant shop manager, who we’ll call Joe.

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Transitions And Terminations A Study Of Art

by JJ Simon on Apr 17th, 2014

Recently, I had a conversation with my blacksmithing mentor. The essence of the talk was about the final 10% of refinement that goes into a quality knife, but what we discussed can be applied to any art. The quality of any artist’s creation can be seen in that product’s transitions and terminations.

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Better Training With Improved Communication Skills

by Dennis Lawson on Mar 5th, 2014

Your studio’s curriculum or syllabus determines what your students are required to learn to progress in your martial arts style or system. It tells the teacher what the content of a training session or class should be, but it doesn’t tell you how to structure your classes so that you capture your students’ interest and attention. Engaging students is crucial for any teacher who desires to get important lessons across and internalized.

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Strategies Applied --- A Position Strategy

by Mark Brosten on Feb 16th, 2014

Training in the art for me has been, and continues to be, a rewarding experience. As I train there is a greater emphasis on understanding and applying principles. There is always the next progression of each martial arts lesson.

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Training For Life My Problem With Simplicity

by Sean Oman on Jan 6th, 2014

On Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, as a green belt in Ed Parker’s American Kenpo, I had the privilege of attending a special training session at the invitation of Sifu Mark Brosten at the American Kenpo Karate school in Missoula, Montana. For the next two hours, my fellow Kenpoists and I were shown an innovative method to internalize the fundamentals of the art. This new method of training involved the study of a simple pattern: Hammer, Thrust, and Whip.

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On The Street

by John Davis on Dec 13th, 2013

In his writings, Ed Parker Sr. made reference to the three types of weapons: Natural (such as empty hands and feet), Environmental (objects readily available in our everyday lives that may be adapted for use in self-defense) and Man- made (guns, knives, etc.).

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A Letter To The Board Of Examiners

by Tim Hitchcock on Nov 14th, 2013

There is a degree of misconception about being a black belt, not necessarily a Kenpo black belt, but a black belt in any system. You don’t get super powers or more wisdom or strength. All you have are your knowledge and experiences from your life and training.

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A Different Lesson

by Curt Pijanowski on Oct 14th, 2013

In early August, my friend and colleague, Sifu Mark Brosten, asked if I wanted to participate in a training session with him at the nearby University of Montana. He assured me it would be a bit different from what I was used to doing, that I ought to wear shorts and a tee shirt, and that it would be fun. Of course, knowing him, neither of these assertions surprised me, so I readily agreed.

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Form To Function Vs. Function To Form

by John Davis on Sep 13th, 2013

In this second article, I’ll move beyond the discussion of tool development and how some tools became specialized for use as weapons of self-defense. The phrase “form to function “might be used to describe the evolution of tools or weapons that have developed without particular planning. Rocks became tools; they were adapted to strike and kill game or a predator, their form dictated how they were used.

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Weapons, Tools Of Self Defense.

by John Davis on Aug 13th, 2013

Human beings have reputedly used tools since the age of Oldowon, some 2.6 million years ago. During that time our ancestor, Homo Habilis, derived chopping or digging tools from small stones.

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Master Key Techniques

by Dennis Lawson on Jul 28th, 2013

I’ve responded to a number of questions since publishing Talking Kenpo --- Best Practices in Martial Arts Training. Many practitioners have queries concerning the Master Key Techniques in Ed Parker’s Kenpo. Here’s my favorite response.

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Self Defense, Safety, Or Common Sense?

by Dennis Lawson on Jun 13th, 2013

As an environmental, health, and safety professional, I define safety as the ability to recognize dangers in the area around me while managing an acceptable level of risk when performing any type of job. This can take the form of being protected from a dangerous event or from an exposure to something that causes health or economic loss. Safety is about managing risk and includes both the protection of people and possessions.

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A Mother's Day Lesson

by JJ Simon on May 14th, 2013

It’s always interesting to learn something new about someone we are very close to. The experiences and relationships people have affect, in small ways, all of their other relationships. My Mom has lived a wide and rich life.

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Are You Prepared?

by Dennis Lawson on Apr 14th, 2013

Are You Prepared? One of our associates reported an injury that occurred in a local Martial Arts studio a few months ago. It was a simple case of a beginner student who had his toenail torn off in an accident on the training floor. The injury was not life threatening but it did bleed profusely.

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Hurt Or Heal

by Paul Christ on Mar 11th, 2013

Hurt or Heal? “When you move, you either hurt your body or you heal your body.” This principle was taught to me long ago by my teacher, Skip Hancock. As I am a kinesthetic learner, learning by doing, this knowledge has reinforced itself time and time again, I’ve consistently found it to be true.

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"Fully Qualified" Responses

by Dennis Lawson on Feb 14th, 2013

“Fully Qualified” Responses We received a number of reactions to “The Fully Qualified Instructor” article. As the editing team reviewed each comment, a pattern began to emerge. This pattern was familiar to me.

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The Fully Qualified Instructor

by Dennis Lawson on Jan 22nd, 2013

Black Belt Pledge --- I hold that my time and my skill are the assets of my profession, assets which grow in value as I progress in the Art, until as, as a Third Degree Black Belt, I stand as a fully qualified instructor. It shall also be my responsibility to protect any student from ravenous individuals who would try to take advantage of personal weakness to divest the gullible into unprofitable paths, to preserve the sacred things, God, family, country, and Association, I pledge my all. I tested for my 3rd Degree in July of 1990.

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by Dennis Lawson on Dec 15th, 2012

I had a recent discussion with a teenager (always a challenge!). This young man had started training with me at the age of five. As we discussed college choices, SAT scores, and his interest in musical theater and Quantum Mechanics, I suddenly remembered the article below.

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Proxemics --- Application In Martial Arts

by Dennis Lawson on Nov 15th, 2012

This article developed out of a recent conversation with a former student. When we began talking about “social distance”, she reminded me that she was introduced to the subject at the age of 11. The Hidden Dimension had been required reading for her promotion to Orange belt.

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Training Environment Considerations

by Diane Ruth on May 31st, 2012

As a Martial Arts teacher and Business owner I try to create a safe, welcoming learning environment for all who enter. I’m well aware that potential students immediately identify, whether positively or negatively, with the training space. If a potential customer doesn’t feel comfortable with the studio they will not enroll in your programs.

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Willingness - Know How - Capacity

by JJ Simon on May 1st, 2012

I was listening to a podcast the other day and heard an interesting statement. It was in reference to training in meditation, but I believe it applies to all human endeavors. The podcast presenter noted, for any thing that we intend to do we have to have three things; Willingness, Know How, and Capacity.

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by John Davis on Apr 2nd, 2012

Tonight I witnessed the end of an era. The world champion Muay Thai fighter, Winston Walker, was ousted by a younger, stronger, faster man. Alex Gong battered the elder Walker, who finally decided to leave the ring; pushing his way through the crowd.

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My Teaching Point Of View

by Melvin Ruth on Mar 15th, 2012

I will begin this article with some history of my Martial Arts experiences. I have studied Ed Parker’s Kenpo for over 15 years. In the early eighties, I boxed for the Highland Town boys club.

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What Does It Take --- 2nd Degree Black Belt?

by Diane Ruth on Feb 15th, 2012

Life is a Journey; and this is a reflection on my experience toward 2nd Degree Black Belt. It’s been a challenging year. I can discuss this in detail because one of my test requirements is to Blog about my training for 2nd Degree.

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Taking Stock-Moving Forward

by Dennis Lawson on Dec 31st, 2011

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generation s have done. - Jean Piaget This is a time of year when many of us “take stock” and try to gain some perspective on our past, the present, and our future. The Martial Arts Learning Community (The MALC) as an agency that provides services to martial artists is not a traditional vertically integrated (rank based) organization.

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Learning To Relate Is Messy At Times

by Nora Lawson on Dec 15th, 2011

In a lifetime each person makes millions of decisions. Our decisions are based on what we know, where we are at the time, and the circumstances. When these decisions deal with other people then there is more room for error.

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The Rear Bow Controversy

by Dennis Lawson on Nov 30th, 2011

During our recent trip to Dublin in October, I had the honor of teaching a class on the history and development of Mr. Parker’s Kenpo. I attempted to convey a sense of how the Art had progressed from its modern revelation in Hawaii during World War II to the present day.

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Importance Of Protective Gear For Women

by Lena Varuolo on Sep 15th, 2011

Recently, I moved away from my martial arts coach and training partners. I decided to cross-train in another martial art because I could not find a school in my system (Ed Parker’s Kenpo) close to my new home. Going in to this new art as a beginner, it was surprising to me that they required their male students to have groin protection but didn't have the same requirement for their female students.

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Professorship And Responsibility

by JJ Simon on Jun 15th, 2011

Recently, I was involved in a discussion on Facebook about rank in the martial arts, part of that discussion concerned whether it is a professor’s responsibility to add to the arts. First, let me give you my definition of Kenpo. Kenpo is a philosophy of motion.

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Universal Pattern Project Introduction

by Melvin Ruth on May 15th, 2011

This article has been written to introduce my project about using the Universal Pattern as a training aid. You can find more information on the Universal Pattern in Infinite Insights, volume 4 chapter 8, where Mr. Parker introduces the Zone Theory and the Universal Pattern.

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Unlock Your Learning Power

by Diane Ruth on Jan 15th, 2011

How powerful would it be if we knew by standing on the left side of the instructor in the middle of the group we would process the lesson more efficiently, even under stress? In some ways we already know. How often have we said; “I really want to take this seminar; I need to get a good spot…” Where’s a good spot? A good spot for you may not be a good spot for me. Wouldn’t it make our next lesson a lot easier to learn if we know we learned best starting with the larger generalized idea or if we learned best starting with details to put the idea together? If you knew how you learn best you could say to your instructor “I’d like to go over the big picture before we go through the steps,” or “can we go through each step so I understand the order before we talk about the big picture.

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Hawaiian Roots

by Dennis Lawson on Dec 16th, 2010

“I sometimes hold it half a sin To put in words the grief I feel; For words, like Nature, half reveal And half conceal the Soul within” From In Memoriam Alfred, Lord Tennyson By the spring of 2011, I will have taught Kenpo for 30 years. It’s time to reflect on some of my most significant influences as a martial artist. Keith See began studying Kenpo in the Territory of Hawaii about the year I was born.

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Attitude Is Caught, Not Taught

by Paul Christ on Sep 29th, 2010

As a retired police officer, I have a number of stories about the importance of attitude, but those must wait for another time (article). In my line of work now (security), I generally work at a company where I open up early in the morning and close late in the evening. In the morning I start with opening 3 buildings, Then, I man the reception desk in the main building which is the head office of the company.

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The Comparative Dynamics Of Martial Ethics And International Diplomacy

by Nicholas VanHole on Aug 28th, 2010

“Never take up arms until you have exhausted the way of reason and of persuasion.” Franois de Callires, On the Manner of Negotiating with Princes Diplomacy has been called “the art of the possible.”1 This quote demonstrates how skillful and persuasive speech is essential to our survival and to our dealings with others on both an international and smaller social dimension.

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TV, The Cycle Of Considerations And Weapons At Hand

by John Davis on Jul 13th, 2010

Television is an incredible communications medium. In just an hour or so each day, with the flick of a button, I can glean bits of information about many topics of interest. Occasionally, I'll experience moments of sheer joy that surround viewing a good comedy act, a fine food show or a vintage movie.

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The Martial Arts Learning Community, Inc. --- Mission, Vision, Values

by Dennis Lawson on Apr 29th, 2010

The Martial Arts Learning Community evolved into its second year in 2010. We've published a number of articles on Organizational Behavior and what makes TheMALC different. We still get many questions about membership, testing criteria, hierarchy, etc.

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Resolutions Or Dreams And Goals?

by Dennis Lawson on Feb 15th, 2010

Here it is mid-February. It's usually around St. Valentine's Day or Mardi Gras that our New Year's Resolutions fall by the wayside.

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Residential Values

by Dennis Lawson on Nov 30th, 2009

Once again we have finished our week long Residential of training, testing, and fun at the beach. I was recently asked about the cost of the event for participants vs. other Martial Arts events.

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The Process Of Becoming An Expert Student

by Mark Brosten on Nov 15th, 2009

I have long been disappointed with the format of having a list of techniques, forms, sets, basics, terms, etc. for testing. This format stresses memorization and the ability to regurgitate what was memorized.

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Seven Simple Questions

by John Davis on Oct 29th, 2009

Worldwide, the martial arts have seen a tremendous rise in popularity. One need not look far to find some type of practice taking place. Television and the internet have given us a wide ranging view of sport and competition based combat arts.

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Organizational Attitudes

by Dennis Lawson on Oct 14th, 2009

I have studied the subject of Organizational Behavior for over 20 years. My last article “What is a Learning Community Anyway?” was the first of a series of articles on organizational structure. In these studies, I will clarify and define some of the differences in Learning Communities (like TheMALC) and more classical organizational structures.

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What Is A Learning Community Anyway?

by Dennis Lawson on Sep 28th, 2009

I was recently asked these questions. "What makes The Martial Arts Learning Community different? Isn't it just another (Karate/Kenpo/Martial Arts) organization?" After a full year in existence, it's time for The Martial Arts Learning Community (TheMALC) to answer these questions. For brevity, I will refer to TheMALC and to Associations/Alliances/ Societies/etc.

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A Level Playing Field

by Melvin Ruth on Sep 16th, 2009

I've spent just over 10 years studying Kenpo Karate. I've trained in seminars, local schools, and studios outside our region. I've trained with many talented martial artists and a "big name" or two.

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10 Commandments Of Gun Safety

by Melvin Ruth on Sep 17th, 2009

Here are a list of rules to observe when handling any firearm and should be committed to memory by each individual who plans to hunt or handle firearms. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.

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Power Of Flight

by Mike Ilderton on Mar 11th, 2009

Most, as those who have begun to know me, would say that I am pretty upbeat. I have the body of a 66 year old and the brain of some one around 8 or 9! As Dee as said in the past, "Immaturity, in Mikes case, could last forever." However, this weekend I think I began to grow up.

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The Meaning Of A Black Belt

by John Ward on Feb 6th, 2009

When I finally achieved my black belt I had to be careful not to let it go to my head. "You are just scratching the surface" I remember my instructor saying to me when I was nearing my black belt. What he meant was you now have a good idea of the tools needed for the job; go out there and make something of yourself, keep an open mind and don't get complacent.

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by John Davis on Jan 31st, 2009

In late July of 1999 my Kenpo "journey" began. Perhaps that phrase is an overused cliche, yet, it may be an apt description of any practitioner's development in the art of their choice. As with most journeys there is a beginning and ending point; fortunately, I have yet to see the latter.

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Learning From The Janitor

by Dennis Lawson on Jan 15th, 2009

Any company is a reflection of the values of its founders. The Martial Arts Learning Community (The MALC) was the creation of a diverse group of martial artists who believe that learning can and should occur anytime and anywhere. More importantly, we believe that knowledge and wisdom cannot be the sole possession of any elite --- both are part of our human heritage.

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The Evolution Of A Duck

by Lela Simon on Dec 30th, 2008

In the moment that a baby duck is first hatched it looks out from its shell- and decides who its mother is. From that moment, all the way though it’s little duckling hood, it has one job; Follow momma and do and say what she does. Follow without question, or argument, and never ever follow anyone else.

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by JJ Simon on Nov 26th, 2008

Humility , or being humble, is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that he or she is better or more important than others. Because the concept of humility addresses intrinsic self-worth, it is emphasized in the realm of religious practice and ethics where the notion is often made more precise and extensive. ~ Wiki Dictionary WALK THE WALK! A purpose worth stating, a model worth living.

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