A Slight Change of Focus

Aikido, like all martial arts, devotes a lot of time to focus on the individual.  However, unlike most martial arts, whose sole focus is on the physical, Aikido spends much more time on the mental and spiritual aspects.  Whether or not you believe in chi, life forces, etc, softer styles like Aikido offer a unique perspective not just on the individual, but to your entire life.

One exercise we do from time to time is a little something called Unbendable Arm.   Continue reading “A Slight Change of Focus”

Every Day Matters

At church last Sunday, we had a guest preacher speak to us regarding following the teachings of the Bible.  While I was listening,  I was struck by a secondary message that was part of his sermon, but also applicable to all aspects of a man’s life: Every day matters.

To be quite honest, I would have passed over this little piece of his sermon if I had not heard the exact same message the previous day at my Taekwondo testing, albeit formatted differently to fit the audience. Continue reading “Every Day Matters”

The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo

The 5 tenets of Taekwondo are basic attributes expected out of every student that decides to take part in a class, but I would argue they are valuable for everyone to work on improving, not just martial artists.

For just 5 basic tenets, there seems to be a lot of confusion and controversy around them and their meaning.  It’s my goal to help clear some of this up as well as provide my take on them.  If these types of articles are something our readers are interested in, I will go on to cover the tenets/principles of other martial arts in the future.  Let’s begin. Continue reading “The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo”

How to Choose the Best Martial Art for You

As a husband and father, one of your primary duties is the protection of your wife and kids.  Taking care of your body is a good start, but ultimately you should consider learning some form of self-defense.  If you’re with me so far, the next question invariably becomes “Which martial art should I train in?”  If you have ever been on a forum discussing martial arts, you know by now this is not an easy question to answer as everyone has a passionate opinion on the subject.

In this post, I’ll give you a little bit about my martial arts background, some pro’s and con’s on the different styles I’ve studied, and give you a few suggestions to help you determine where you should begin your journey into the arts. Continue reading “How to Choose the Best Martial Art for You”