Recently, I came across this video on Facebook, and it stood out to me. Take 10 minutes of your time and watch the whole thing. Some saw it as a metaphor for death regarding confronting the fear of the unknown.
Bamboo Spirit is moving on! Most of you know that I moved up to Toronto from Ohio in June of 2007. Being new to Oshawa, I did not know anyone except for my wife and her family. Without any connections
A year ago, my MacBook needed to be repaired at the local Best Buy. Needing to keep my social media efforts going, I ordered a Chromebook from Amazon. This was delivered within a couple of days. The purchase came with
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with teaching class with and without breakout groups. I think that, in a class setting, breakout groups arranged by rank/skill level can be beneficial. However, lately, I’ve begun to reconsider whether breakout groups, from an instructor
When I teach class, I often will cover two or three topics/techniques or concepts. The idea is that the students will have sufficient time to practice each technique or concept. If you are not able to view the video, please
Resetting is a method by which partners engage in a technique sequence to a finite end. At this point, they reset back to the beginning to repeat the sequence. Most often this is in the context of partner training or
The “wet noodle” version of feeding a training partner is a fairly common problem encountered by martial arts instructors. I have discussed this previously. I have seen variations of this problem among children and adults. In this post, I discuss
Instructors and advanced students can benefit greatly from teaching beginners. Unfortunately, too many instructors have their junior instructors or senior students work with the beginners. Senior students often prefer to work with classmates of the same rank. While there is