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 …

Qualified Outliers

Qualified: fitted (as by training or experience) for a given purpose: COMPETENT. Outlier: a value or point that differs substantially from the rest of the data. In the context of the martial arts a Qualified Outlier is a practitioner whose level of skill is substantially higher than the statistical norm, or more specifically, the majority of …

Self-Discipline and Lost Momentum

Ask any experienced martial arts instructor and they will agree: “when a student loses momentum in their training, it can be very difficult for them to regain it.” In the shadow of Covid-19, one of the hardest hit sectors of our economy has been gyms, dance studios, and of course martial arts schools. These businesses …

Important News!

I am happy to announce that the audiobook version of The Empty Cup is now available on Audible! Within the next few days you will also find it on iTunes and Amazon. To learn more, check out the link below: The Empty Cup on Audible Also, The Broken Rice Bowl, the long-awaited sequel to The …

Posses, Insurrections and the Second Amendment

In his work, The Law published in 1850, French economist Frédéric Bastiat stated, “Each of us has a natural right–from God–to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two.” …

Freedom in America: Blood or Birthright?

Is freedom in America a birthright or is it in our blood? Over the past two weeks, as our country continues to struggle with Covid-19, there have been multiple news reports of government officials taking liberties with the constitutional rights of Americans living in their jurisdictions. In Los Angeles, the mayor threatened owners of “non-essential” …

The Instructor is Always Wrong

Like many other instructors coping with the challenges of social distancing during the Covid-19 quarantine, I’ve been filming instructional video lessons for distribution to my students. Being somewhat of a perfectionist I do numerous “takes” of each video, not only because I want to provide a quality product for my students, but also because it …

Using Time Wisely

Presently our nation faces one of the largest challenges it has seen in the past 100 years. COVID-19 has not only affected the health of a substantial number of people, it has also hit everyone of us directly through the government mandated social distancing and quarantines. Make no mistake, it is normal to become anxious …