Building Detail-Oriented Habits

How does standing in a ready stance lead to academic success? People do not always understand the benefits of structured rituals in martial arts class. Why do students need to stand in a ready stance? Why do students need to

It’s Supposed to be Difficult

Martial arts practice will definitely give you the opportunity to deal with a spectrum of emotions. In my own experience, I can tell you that overall I love every chance I get to practice! …if you couldn’t already tell. However,

“I don’t wanna go!”

Parents, We’ve all been there. You enroll your child into a new activity and eventually they’re going to say something along the lines of “I don’t want to go.” How do we handle that as parents? Every parent will have

Keep the ‘Nasties’ away!

Sweat, blood, and rock and roll! At least the first two are things you’ll find in most every Dojo. Some Dojos you can also find nasties that come with that, different types of fungus, ringworm, bacteria, blood pathogens, staff, and more.

Intensity in Training

When is it ok to have 100% intensity in Kumite or Rolling? The answer is never. For the sake of this thread, I’ll use the term Kumite to cover kumite/sparring/randori/rolling. It seems almost necessary to see how far you can push

2018 Recap

A Recap of 2018: We had a lot happen at AKJ in 2018 and are looking forward to building skill and community with each other in 2019. Empower the World!  Since 2008, AKJ’s motto has been “Empower Yourself!”. One of

The Choice of Learning and Failure

There is a stigma that not-winning is directly associated with failure. However, failure is a result of giving up, blaming someone else for our own shortcomings, giving into the adverse feeling of defeat, or the unwillingness to learn from the