Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Contact in martial arts - what part it plays.

Contact is part of the learning process in martial arts - without contact you are missing out.

Feeling what your partner is doing is integral to contact - you can't learn at the same level without it.

Contact doesn't have to be full on every time, but should be there.

Everyone has a plan until contact is made and then it's on.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Good and Bad

Good and Bad - Balance is a dynamic in life. 

Perception is what you make it. 
        Remember this when you need to show courage.

        Remember this when you are alone.

        Remember this when you lead.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Competition Breeds Resilience

Competition Breeds Resilience

Hours of preparation, hours of dedication not to mention your passion.

The high of this becomes the event,  the proving ground, the chance to show what you are made of.

Win or lose you live to repeat. That's resilience.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Thrill of Competition

The Thrill of Competition

When you work hard and then get the opportunity to compete - the thrill of competition is something that drives you to always do your best.

Congratulations to these competitors from Marty Martin Karate, coached by Chris Johnson. Winner at the 31st Southern Open.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Thunderbirds Karate Team

 31st Southern Open

Thunderbirds National Karate Team

Marty Martin Karate

Congratulations to the Thunderbirds who competed in the 31st Southern Open. Team members performed very well. For many of the team this was their first tournament. Congratulations to Coach Chris Johnson his coaching skills are evident in the results of this tournament.

Monday, April 30, 2018


The Story of the Chinese Bamboo

The Chinese plant the seed:  they water and fertilize it, but the first year nothing happens.  The second year they water and fertilize it, and still nothing happens.  The third and fourth years they water and fertilize it, with no apparent results, and sometime during the course of the fifth year, in a period of six weeks, the Chinese Bamboo Tree grows roughly ninety feet.

The question is, did it grow ninety feet in six weeks or did it grow ninety feet in five years?  The obvious answer is that it grew ninety feet in five years because, had they not had the perseverance to keep caring for the crop day in and day out each year, even though they were not seeing immediate results, there would be no Chinese Bamboo Tree.  All of us have had those “Chinese Bamboo Tree” experiences.  We might have had a difficult assignment in math, social studies or science.  We had to work at it again and again without coming up with the correct answer.  Once we did finally get the answer it seemed simple and obvious.  We came up with the answer not because of our intellectual brilliance, but because of our perseverance.

It is important to understand that things in life are sometimes going to become hard, but if we continue to persevere, keep working, and do not give up we can achieve any goal we set.