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Fariborz Azhakh on Teaching Life Skills

Questions that I ask myself all the time: What am I teaching my young students? Am I filling a need? Is my curriculum really "life" based or...

COURAGE in Judo and in Life

"Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible." ~ Aristotle (384-322 BC) A courageous act can sometimes save a life....

Fudochi – A Master’s Mind

The teacher lives in the students heart - the lessons taught...live in their mind to be shared - long after the Sensei is gone...

INSTRUCTION in Judo and in Life

'Nothing under Heaven is more important than education. The teaching of one virtuous person can influence many. What has been well learned by one...

ETIQUETTE in Judo and in Life

‘Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.’ Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) In boyhood my grandfather once asked me what I wished to be when I grew...

Judo and Education

Over a century ago, Japanese jujutsu men from various ryu or schools, often competed against one another and sometimes fought boxers and wrestlers in...

Teachers of Reason and Judgment

The traditions found in Western boxing and wrestling (at least in the professional ranks) are negative, rather than positive. These "arts" do not build...

Each One Teach One: Be the Example

That’s a really slick phrase. I’m pretty good with words but unfortunately I didn’t coin that one. wish I had. It so illustrates the...

Developing Humility and Self-Control through Martial Arts

As I began preparing my thoughts for this article I struggled with the best way to title it. The word recalcitrant can describe a...

The Teacher

The teacher has a responsibility to create, if necessary, the motivating factors that will spark a student's desire, interests and understanding of and towards learning. In...

What Is a True Kenpo Instructor?

The passing on or “teaching” of our Art (American Kenpo) as a system is an integral part of all of our studios. Even so,...

Modernizing a Traditional System So Its Combat Effective

Because I like being diplomatic in my old age I’m going to try to say what I have to say without causing too much...

Bob White’s The Elements of Effective Coaching DVD

The Elements of Effective Coaching DVD was created by Master Bob White, a 9th Degree Black Belt who has been a full time instructor...

Controlled Human Aggression For The Martial Artist Part 2

How does an understanding of Controlled Human Aggression aid the modern martial arts instructor in his ability to teach his students the vital survival...

Controlled Human Aggression For The Martial Artist Part 1

I have titled this article controlled human aggression because I wish to emphasize that word control. Anthropologists tell us that mankind began its history as...

Teaching Mediocre Martial Arts Students

I’m sure that anyone reading this will probably think that the title is a misprint or a misuse of the English language. No misprint...

Martial Arts Students Should Train for Reality

All martial arts students should train for reality. Sensei and Masters can teach some of the competitive aspects of the arts, but keep in...

Getting Through on Requirements: Teaching Budo Taijutsu

Only a handful of teachers in the Bujinkan are qualified to teach. In this art becoming a "teacher" is quite simple: You get a...

Fighting the Good Fight

Let's Make Sure We Are Fighting The Good Fight In the end the greatest fight that you’ll fight is with yourself and for your own...

Mentoring as a Martial Arts Instructor

We each have a responsibility to help our students focus on their physical and mental abilities. Teaching is about mentoring. Over my many years of...