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.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Learning to Shoot

Learning to Shoot

Are you proficient with the safe use and deployment of a firearm?

I encourage everyone who owns a firearm to seek continued education in safety, handling and use of your personal firearm.

Take a safety course, attend concealed carry, study handouts, make this part of your martial arts education.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Handgun Fight Skills

Handgun Fight Skills

Learning proper handgun safety and use is part of my "Fight Skills" training.

In todays world making martial arts an everyday part of your life skills should include firearms.

In my opinion many people don't have the depth of background in firearms use and safety as they should have. 

Join my programs live or online and broaden your training. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Guillotine Collar Choke

 Guillotine Collar Choke 

Coach Martin demonstrates how to apply the guillotine collar choke. Note: Pay close attention to how Coach gets added pressure by using his left arm position as a lever to apply pressure on the choke.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Kimura Knife Defense

 Kimura Knife Disarm

Coach Martin demonstrates how to disarm a knife thrust quickly moving to apply standing kimura with wrist lock control.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pinch Twist Armbar

 Pinch Twist Armbar

Coach Martin demonstrates how to apply the pinch twist while also applying the armbar from guard. This is extremely uncomfortable. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

TAC Choke

 Twisting Arm Control (TAC) Choke

Coach Martin demonstrates how to execute basic sweep from guard and move directly into a choke using "twisting arm control".

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Winning Attitude

Winning Attitude

Train hard physically, on the day of competition your mind is your best friend. 

Block out all other thoughts, concentrate on the event, visualize your performance, visualize yourself winning.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Confidence builder

Confidence builder

Learning self defense

Ankle Lock

 Ankle Lock after Breaking Guard

Coach Martin demonstrates basic position to "break guard" and then move directly to ankle lock.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Earning Respect

Earning Respect

Respect is often earned. This means that we cannot expect people to treat us with respect if we do not treat others in the same manner. If we call people names, talk about them to others, and treat them badly, how can we expect them to treat us with respect? We cannot demand that people show us respect. We have to earn it. Respect can be earned in several ways. By showing others that you care, that you can be trusted, that when you say you are going to do something you do it, and by being willing to always help others when needed. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Confidence builder

Confidence Builder

Breaking boards

Chicken Wing Take-down

Chicken Wing Take-down Armbar 

Coach Martin demonstrate the chicken wing take-down which sets up the stepover armbar. Note: Coach Martin's front foot position, if the opponent rolls in to counter the armbar he is in position for Coach martin to apply the triangle.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Self-respect is when we respect ourselves and like who we are! It is very difficult for a person to like other people and respect them, unless they respect themselves and like who they are. When people disrespect others by treating them mean, like calling them names, talking about them, or bully them, they do these things because of how they feel about themselves. They do not like themselves or who they are so they try to make themselves feel better by making others feel bad. So when someone is not showing you respect and treating you mean, remember the things they are saying to you or doing to you is how they feel about themselves.

Then someone that has self respect would never treat themselves bad. They would always try to treat themselves with respect. They would always keep themselves clean, never do anything to hurt themselves like, smoke, drink, or take drugs. They would eat the right foods and get plenty of exercise. They would study hard and apply themselves to get great grades, and strive to be their best at everything they attempt.

Monday, March 19, 2018

How do we learn?

How do we learn?

By studying then doing then practicing.
For most martial artist that strictly means going to class and maybe prating some on our own.

For many that is not enough. For many people they need a source reference be it in writing or on video. 

Join Marty Martin Karate online training and get the references you need, the videos for detailed explanation and access to review at your convince.

Figure 4 Wrist Lock to Kimura

Figure 4 Wrist Lock to Kimura

Coach Martin demonstrates defending the baton swing.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Guillotine Trap

 Guillotine Trap

Coach Martin demonstrates how to put more pressure on the guillotine.


What is respect? How do we show respect? Who deserves our respect?

The bible defines respect as “Doing unto others as you would have them to do unto you.” This simply means that Respect is “Treating other people the way we would want to be treated.”

There are many ways to show someone respect. Showing respect to others means we are polite to other people. We reply when answering an adult by say “Yes Sir” or “No Ma’am”. We look people in their eyes when they are speaking to us.  We never interrupt someone when they are talking. We do not fight or argue with others. Showing respect can also be how we help others, like by opening the door for someone, or letting an older person have our seat when all are taken. When our parents gives us orders, if we are respectful we always do what they tell us and never talk back.

The people that deserve our respect the most are those that care about us and try to help us. Like your parents, teachers, pastors, karate instructors, and the elderly because many of the things they have done in the past has made things better for us and we have lots that we can learn from them. Whenever we are not sure if we are showing the proper respect to someone, just ask yourself, how would I like others to treat me in this situation.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Earning Respect


How do we earn respect?
    By practicing control

How do we show respect?
    By demonstrating control

Monday, January 22, 2018

Positive Attitude

An Attitude is Contagious

Did you know that our attitude is contagious? How we think, act, and the things we say to others can spread to them and affect their attitude. We can spread a positive attitude or a negative attitude. We as martial artists have a responsibility to do our best to spread a positive attitude. To do and say things that will help others. We can do this by performing random acts of kindness for no other reason than to help someone. Like open the door for someone, to give your seat on the bus to an elderly person, or to help your brother or sister with their chores. We can spread a positive attitude by using positive words and phrases when speaking to others. We can have a positive outlook when bad things happen around us. We can use understanding with the misfortunes that others may have. And finally, we can simply use a smile when we greet other people.

These are simple ways that we can spread a positive attitude and be a role-model to the people we meet. As martial artists, this is our responsibility

Monday, January 15, 2018

Positive Attitude

Other People Can Affect Our Attitude

Our attitude is our state of mind, which is how you feel about yourself, other people, and the things around you. A positive attitude allows us to develop into a happy and successful person. Just as it is important for us to develop a positive attitude by controlling our thinking and the things we say to ourselves, it is also important to understand that others can affect our attitude as well.

Imagine that your mind is this very special place, a magical container that whatever you allow into it will determine what type of person you will become, how happy you will be, and what level of success you will achieve. Remember the definition of Attitude is “Our State of Mind”. We have to guard and protect our mind to keep it healthy. Just like with your body “you are what you eat”, with your mind, “you are what you let in it”.

We can not let others do what is called “Garbage Dumping”, dumping their negative thoughts, feelings, and images in our mind. We have to be careful not to listen to ugly words and bad language of other people. We have to guard our mind against negative images we see on TV or in magazines. All the negativity that is in this world, if we let it in our minds, IT WILL affect who we become.

Remember, to have a positive healthy attitude about life and to be happy and successful, we have to use positive thinking from ourselves, and protect our mind from the negativity of others. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Positive Attitude

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

Have you ever heard the expression or saying, “Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude”? The definition of Attitude is simply “State of Mind”. What that means is how you feel about yourself, other people, and the things around you. Most happy and successful people have a very positive state of mind. They even see problems as opportunities to succeed instead of challenges. So it is very important to understand that how we think, or our state of mind develops our attitude, and our attitude will determine how happy and successful we are in life. 

Did you know that you control your own attitude in a big part, simply by the things that you say? Words have a great power! Using negatives words often like, I Can’t, I Hate, I Won’t, I Quit, will unknowingly cause you to develop a negative or bad attitude. The more you use these words, the less productive and happy you will become.

The rest of this week I want to challenge you to notice how often we use negativity with our words. Even ask our friends and parents to write down every time we use negativity in the things we say. And I want you to understand that the first step in developing a happy, successful, winning, and positive attitude is within yourself.      

Friday, January 5, 2018


The internal drive to succeed no matter the challenge.

Martial arts and in particular jiu jitsu forges the spirit like no other.

Kenpo Jiu Jitsu for mood, body and spirit

                     Coach Marty Martin

Thursday, January 4, 2018


Parents who support their children's dreams build relationships that last a lifetime.

We provide the challenge and encouragement.

                                                                       Coach Martin

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Stay focused and your successes will become your reality.
                                                                          Coach Martin

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Accomplish your goals in 2018. No matter what they are, work hard, stay the course and dreams can come true. Coach Martin

Monday, January 1, 2018

Positive Attitude

Positive Attitude

To start off the New Year we are going to start by being positive. 

We are going to focus on the good and destroying evil - those things that hold us back or prevent us from becoming the best we can be.

Always strive to to win by being positive. 

                                                                    Coach Martin

Boxing, Kenpo, Jiu Jitsu and Character Development

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