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What Is A Black Belt

From Champions Martial Arts, Colorado

What is a First Degree Black Belt? 

A first degree black belt is an advanced beginner.  The belt signifies passage from the ranks of those who are still learning to the ranks of those who’ve learned how to learn. 

The transition from white belt to black belt has less to with technique than with learning the methodology and procedures necessary to think like a martial artist.  A black belt should be able to…


Posted by Dave McNeill on September 21, 2015 at 1:00pm

New Custom Cane

This one of a kind custom cane is for sale. The bidding is open for 2 weeks. Starting bid $325.

Posted by Dave McNeill on August 21, 2015 at 9:54pm — 2 Comments

Ohana at Amba Martial Arts school in Sparks, Nevada

Thursday night was spent introducing Sensei Patti Oji (from California) to the Amba Martial Arts school in Sparks, Nevada. The classes are held at a local community center, so before each class the mats are hauled out of storage and arranged on the floor, and chairs are set up around the area for parents to watch the classes.

Several hours later, at the conclusion of the nights activities, I watched in amazement as students and parents hustled out on the floor and started putting away the mats and chairs. In a matter of minutes an active, loud, hard working dojo was transformed to a…


Posted by Dave McNeill on August 15, 2015 at 9:46am

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

We are directed by our frailties either towards or away from that which betters us.


“These classes are hard, I quit.”


“These classes are hard, when is the next one? “


“There is so much to learn, I quit.”


“There is so much to learn, I need to study harder.”


“I am old, I quit.”


“I am old, but not dead, so I will continue.”


“I’m a black belt now, I quit.”


“I’m a black belt now, and my learning has just started.”


“I don’t do katas because they have no martial value.”


“I do katas because everything has value.”


“These classes are too expensive.”




Posted by Dave McNeill on August 10, 2015 at 10:10am

New Cane

A nice Sunday-go-to-meeting cane with turquoise inlay.

Posted by Dave McNeill on July 25, 2015 at 5:34pm



“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” Ian Maclaren.

It starts with passing out 2 to 4 rocks to each student and telling them to put the rocks in the bottom of the tennis shoes they had been instructed to wear to class. 

The now rocked-up students are told they cannot limp or show any discomfort for the duration of the class. Violation of this rule will be rewarded with additional rocks in their shoes. 


      To heighten the awareness that many people are in pain or ailing and we ignore their troubles. For many people pain and illness are part of their everyday lives. 

      And as a reminder that none of us are defined by our pains or ails. We…


Posted by Dave McNeill on July 16, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Summer Is Here

$20 for 1, $15 for each additional T-Shirt in the same order. Includes shipping.

Limited number available: 5 Medium, 14 Large, 14 XL.

Posted by Dave McNeill on June 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Teak Training Knife

Teak training knife with turquoise enlace inlay.


Posted by Dave McNeill on June 8, 2015 at 5:59pm



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