3 Teaching Strategies: Do You Dictate, W&S, or Nudge?

by September 5, 2011

Imagine the most boring class you had in high school or college. The teacher’s droning probably made you itchy to escape the intellectual prison they called a classroom.

Now imagine the best class you had in high school or college. The impact of that instructor has probably lasted well beyond your school days. Continue reading

Teaching martial arts

by Luis Preto , April 10, 2012

Quite recently, while exchanging all sorts of points of view with everyone’s good friend Roger Norling of GHFS, and upon stating that Jogo do Pau’s footwork does not entail any deliberate positioning of one’s feet, but simply managing one’s body in order to manage distance with proper balance, Roger presented me with his different view on this topic:

“… you move in a sometimes rather particular way that I don’t think is just a matter of stepping back/forth or to the sides to be able to hit at a specific distance, but also to hit/parry in a special way that requires certain footwork. The most typical examples would be the tornado …” Continue reading

Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Kids

By: Laura Saunders

Admit it. When the going gets tough at home, we’ve all plopped the kids in front of the television and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, we can get started on dinner, maybe check email or sort that massive pile of laundry.

But when your five-year old yells at you “Mom, Kids Rule!” or your ten-year old horrifies you with language that would make a sailor blush, you realize there must be something amiss with what these “family programs” really teach our kids. Continue reading

5 Tae Kwon Do Sparring Tips

By: Sasha Maggio, Jul. 14, 2010

Looking for 5 tae kwon do sparring tips? The best tae kwon do sparing tips for you can depend on which type of sparring is being engaged in. Tae kwon do, as a sport, has two main categories. The first is known as “point fighting,” and the second is Olympic-style sparring, full-contact with pads where the rules are determined by the World Taekwondo Foundation. For sparring in general, the following tips may be helpful to consider. Continue reading

Shotokan Karate Techniques

By: Sidney Williams Apr. 15, 2011

Shotokan karate techniques are rampant in martial arts movies, but let’s be real. Most of us write shotokan off as another cool kung-fu trick or something (getting two different fighting styles and two different countries confused in the process, but nevermind that). Shotokan karate is distinguished from other karate styles by its linear, direct punching, blocking and kicking techniques from low stances. Here is a list of Shotokan Karate techniques to get us better acquainted with this awesome style of karate. Continue reading

Martial Arts Instructor Accused of Sexual Assault

HOLLISTER—The Hollister Police arrested 51-year-old Martial Art Instructor Timothy Gutierrez of Hollister after the parents of a student accused him of sexual assault.

Timothy Gutierrez

On Sunday, the parents learned of the inappropriate contact and then contacted the police. Gutierrez worked at the Technique Studio as a martial arts instructor and sometimes offered private instruction.

Technique Studios has been in business on Sixth Street in Hollister since 1988.  They offer classes for men, women and children.  The victim had been a student of Gutierrez’s up until the discovery of the criminal act. Continue reading

Karate Throwing Techniques That Work in Real Life!

by Monster Martial Arts

The fellow grabbed me and threw me on the floor, and I had no karate throwing techniques to stop him.

I was a Brown Belt in Karate at the time, and couldn’t believe how badly I had been manhandled, so I went to my instructor and told him what had happened. I wanted to know some Karate Throwing techniques.

Do the Forms? But I had been doing Karate Forms! I had been doing them for three years! My attacker, however, hadn’t been coming at me from the front like a stand up fighter; he had bear hugged me from the rear, trapping my arms. What good were the kata? Where were the throwing techniques in the form? Continue reading

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