Congratulations to DeWayne Barbee, Peter Belmont, Ian McIntosh, and Dane Rahaman-Singh; for completing our Academy’s first Black Belt Pre-test.
Since our school is only 3 years old, these four gentlemen were the first students to be allowed to take the pre-test. This pre-test is used to determine the physical ability and the perseverance of students that are being considered for Black Belt.
I won’t go into the specifics of the test, but I just want to say that I was extremely happy with the performance of these four men. They did an excellent job, and they all earned the right to be tested in our first Black Belt Testing that will be taking place in the next few months.
MMA and Police Officers
Posted: April 15, 2011
I read an interesting article on how Mixed Martial Arts has affected the training of police officers in Canada. Apparently, the popularity of MMA means that a lot of “bad guys” now have martial arts training, and the police officers need to be better prepared to deal with them.
Officers need to be well rounded in striking, takedown defense, grappling, and weapons. In addition they need to be proficient in keeping their guns and tasers from being taken away and used against them.
I’m happy to see that law enforcement officers are being better prepared, but what concerns me is that the “bad guys” are becoming better in MMA.
Mortal Kombat Legacy
Posted: April 12, 2011
I came across this trailer for this online series. For fans of the Mortal Kombat games and movies, it provides the back-story and beginnings of some of the characters. It stars Michael Jai White, and some notable others. Please be warned that the series itself contains cursing and extreme violence. It is not intended for children. The trailer that I posted doesn’t have any cursing, but it does show violence, so please don’t show it to children and sensitive viewers
A Word About Passion and Perseverance
Posted: April 09, 2011
Being in the Martial Arts business is really a blessing. I come into contact with a variety of different people from all walks of life on a daily basis. Over the years, I have had the privilege of teaching many very successful people and there is a high correlation with how well people do in martial arts, and how well they do in their personal lives.
The common denominator that defines these people are passion and perseverance. These people tend to be decisive. If they make up their mind that they want to get a black belt, they are relentless in their pursuit of this goal. In their personal and professional lives, they tend to show the same passion and perseverance, and consequently it has led them to success in their lives.
This all seems like common sense, but the reason I bring this up is that I see a very disturbing trend developing in the general populace. Many people are walking around with no passion about anything. They are also extremely likely to start things and then quit when things get difficult.
Another Freerunning Video
Posted: April 08, 2011
I always enjoy Parkour/Freerunning videos, so here’s another one. I hope you like it.