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On Your Own - Part 8

by Mark Brosten on Jul 31st, 2012

Courage is essential for any student to grow personally or in their chosen Art. A strong mental defense and a commitment to self-improvement are also essential for progress. Having the courage to try, and learning how to deal with a mistake, is more valuable than simply knowing how to avoid error.

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On Your Own - Part 6

by Mark Brosten on Jun 30th, 2012

While training in Martial Arts setting you may find that you use principles of motion (posture, balance, timing, etc.) and principles of self defense (margin for error, angle of deviation, etc.) fairly effectively.

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The Outer Rim Principle

by Melvin Ruth on Jun 30th, 2012

I have been blessed with some injuries that sidelined me from training. These injuries have caused me to re-evaluate the ways I teach and have changed my approach to lesson plans. While searching for simplified terms and ideas to explain Kenpo that even children from the age of five will relate too, I have been able to expand my own knowledge of Kenpo.

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Impact And The Offensive Weapon

by JJ Simon on Oct 15th, 2011

How many people who train with sticks have been hit with one, especially with intention, speed and force? I have, but not during training. At the age of 12, while stick fighting with a neighborhood friend, for fun; I was struck with considerable force in the head, just above my right eye. I suffered a concussion, a laceration millimeters from my eye that required 13 stitches, and I was knocked nearly unconscious.

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Ensuring Adult Students' Success

by Diane Ruth on Aug 31st, 2011

Remember that training in the Martial Arts is a student centered activity. I like to think of "being supportive of your student’s learning" as a larger generalized principle. One of the best ways to ensure your students’ success is to be accommodating of their learning process.

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Teaching The Adult Student

by Diane Ruth on Aug 3rd, 2011

Adult learners’ have specific characteristics that need to be considered when planning or delivering any type of lesson. Many adults lack confidence when learning something new. This is different from self-confidence.

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Formula For Change

by Dennis Lawson on Jun 30th, 2011

Recently while teaching a series of classes at Chris and Pattie Crews’ Missoula Kenpo Karate, I decided to end the final lesson by introducing Gleicher’s Formula for Change. I had originally studied Beckhard and Harris’ research on this model for organizational change years ago. I prefer the way Kathie Dannemiller has restructured this idea and, using this representation, I saw it as a useful structure for personal development (change), as well.

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Virtual Learning Environment

by Diane Ruth on May 30th, 2011

Is a Virtual Learning Environment effective for Martial Arts education? Can we utilize Virtual Learning in our various curriculums? We’ve seen a rise in this genre in the Martial Arts industry over the last two decades with Video tapes and DVD’s being produced for various Arts. Instructors can reach more students by producing videos and students can take their time digesting the information on the video lesson. In my case, I must argue; video alone is not enough.

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8 Times Down 9 Times Up

by Mike Ilderton on Nov 30th, 2010

On Sunday, October 31, Dee and I went off to Darlington, UK, to train in Iaido with the thought that one or both of us would grade. Once there, Dee opted out of grading and I decided to go for it. Dee, it’s fair to say, is far more accomplished in Iaido than I am.

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Got Flow?

by Diane Ruth on Oct 29th, 2010

Too much challenge and our student is overwhelmed, anxious, frustrated, or unable to process the lesson. Not enough challenge and our student is bored, not focused on the lesson. “Optimal Flow” is the place where skills meet challenges.

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A Communication Strategy

by Diane Ruth on Sep 14th, 2010

At a recent seminar, “How to Communicate with Tact and Professionalism,” I studied new methods for improving my communication style. While writing my notes I discovered a connection between the tactics & skills presented and the self-defense strategies we study in Kenpo. I used this information to develop a strategy we can all use to improve our communication skills.

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Introduction To The Handgun

by Melvin Ruth on Aug 15th, 2010

I have recently taken a group of students through the basics of handling and firing handguns. Most of them had no experience with these destructive weapons. I realized the most important thing is to establish TRUST in the group.

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Bloom's Taxonomy And Mr. Parker's Kenpo (Part 2)

by Dennis Lawson on Jun 14th, 2010

An earlier article compared Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning with Mr. Parker’s Three Phases of a Technique. Using this model was valuable to identify the process used for learning the traditional exercises of Ed Parker’s Kenpo.

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Bloom's Taxonomy And Mr. Parker's Kenpo (Part 1)

by Dennis Lawson on May 30th, 2010

I recently read an article on Benjamin Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: The Classification of Educational Goals. Bloom, an educational psychologist, published his taxonomy (definition --- the practice and science of classification) in 1956, the same year Ed Parker opened his Pasadena studio. The coincidence reminded me of Mr.

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Three Buttons Down & Kenpo

by Richard Matthews on Mar 1st, 2010

While growing up in the North East of England, the very first bit of Self defence advice I remember getting was from my Mother, a lovely but tenacious little women from Dingle in Kerry was, "if a bad man grabs hold of you son kick him as hard as you can in the shins, stamp on his foot and then run like hell!". The second bit of memorable advice came in my early teens from my Dad a true Geordie and a really genuine man who did not advocate violence at all but who was a realist about how situations can occur, any way his advice to me was, "if you ever have to fight a "Big Fella" then punch him as fast and as hard as you can aiming for his third shirt button down, if he is still standing then run like hell!". This simple advice from what seems like an age ago was I suppose my introduction to the Martial Arts from a Self Defence point of view.

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The Kenpo System

by Richard Matthews on Jan 16th, 2010

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein Systems of any kind seem to be increasingly judged as either good or useless, e.g. Modern (good) Traditional (useless).

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Introducing Ground Defense

by Diane Ruth on Apr 10th, 2009

When you're designing your martial arts curriculum please consider teaching groundwork basics to all of your students. Not because it's the latest fad, but because it will be valuable to your students. You can help them feel more comfortable defending from disadvantaged positions by spending time studying rear attacks than progressing into various ground attacks.

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