Line-up based learning

Now in the Corona-based learning days, I was watching a webinar from USA Hockey, with Dr. Dean Kriellaars, about how to create “the most effective environment”. Excellent! I agree to a lot of stuff, and it has also given me some perspective, given me more clear terminology on things that I was already on my […]

To do Kata – Or not to do Kata?

My interest in Kata has increased lately. I thought it would change my view on Kata, and maybe how we used it. It has not! I am stronger in my opinion in this case than before. Let me explain… First of all, I believe that you get good at what you practice. You can practice […]

The easiest truth

Although I “grew up” in a Dojo where Kihon was the meat and potatoes of the practise, and although I have always been intrigued by Kata, I have focused on everything BUT Kihon and Kata since I started my own Dojo. Why? First, let’s look at what Kihon and Kata is.  Kihon is basic techniques, practised […]

Brown going black

The Black Belt is of course a holy grail in the martial arts community. I often talk and write about it, and so does everybody else. I would like to take a moment to talk about the “space” between 1 Kyu (brown belt) and 1 Dan. The reason that the subject came up can be […]

Tie your belt like a Gracie? part 2

A while back I made a post about the “Gracie” way of tying the belt. I also made a comment about Mifune, and the way he had his belt tied. These days I stumbled upon two photos that gives a new insight to this, but leaves the question marks as bent as before. First is […]

John Kreese, or Pecking order

Pecking order is a term to describe the social hierarchy in an organizational structure built in a chicken-like fashion. The bigger chicken peck on the smaller chicken, and so on. I use this as a way to know what you should practice on in your Martial Arts class, and why. Let me explain. When I […]

Lee Iacocca

The other day I heard that Lee Iacocca passed away, almost 100 years old. Somehow, for me, he was one of those people I never thought would die, like Lemmy. Even though Iacocca was more or less famous, most younger people have never heard of him, especially not those interested in Martial Arts rather than […]

Aikido Blog

On an award ceremony this Spring I met an Aikidoka called Jakob Blomquist, who also got an award. Not all martial artists ended up at the same dinner table, but luckily we did! We talked a bit, and hopefully it can lead to some sort of cooperation in the future. Anyway, I wanted to share […]

Cobra Kai season 2

The Karate Kid franchise did it again! A well-made series about the rivalry of two opposite ideas of how to teach Karate, Miyagi-do and Cobra Kai. The crescent kick is used all the time, like in any Hollywood production where a martial artist is not played by a martial artist actor, but they get away […]

Is failing an option?

A common question in the martial arts scene is of course, can/should students be failed at graduations/belt promotions, if they are not up to the correct level? How should that be handled? I have never failed anyone! Every semester ends with a graduation for the adult class, where we sparr, show some techniques under pressure, […]