February 14, 2006

The Best Style!

Just to clarify before it becomes an issue - I will not be talking about what style I practice or who my teacher is, for several reasons. For one thing, I find that many people place too much importance in who someone's teacher is. This is important, of course, but having a good teacher doesn't guarantee that you yourself will be good as well. You need a good teacher and you need to practice a lot and you need some amount of talent. Instead of asking "who is your teacher?" I think it is much more productive to ask "how much do you practice, and what things do you practice?". But that doesn't always come across as "polite" so people don't do it. Oh well.
February 8, 2006

A Good Teacher?

Okay, so what is a good teacher? Every martial arts forum and FAQ I've seen on the Internet tells newbies to make sure they find "a good teacher". Okay, great advice. How do you find one? How do you know when you have found one?
February 7, 2006

What Martial Arts Is Not

Martial arts is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented topics in American popular culture (and perhaps, the rest of the world as well). Whenever someone finds out that I practice martial arts, I always wonder into which category I just got placed in their mind...