The Empty Cup Blog

The Lost Art of Respect

An important aspect of any culture, and the martial arts in particular, is that of respect. Respect for others, for their property, for their right to their own opinions, and also respect for oneself. It has really surprised me how over the last 10 years, the concept of respect has become lost on many Americans …

Setting High Expectations

In the two disciplines that I teach, martial arts and firearms, I’ve encountered both good and bad teachers over the years. When I myself became a young teacher many years ago, I tried to emulate those teachers that I had met who consistently produced skilled practitioners under their tutelage. Early on, one thing I noticed …

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