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Posted by Katherine A. Wieczerza on April 7, 2016 at 11:12am
I am often told that good businessmen and good martial artists are more often than not, mutually exclusive. I mean, how can you focus on creating good students and at the same time pay attention to the bottom line? Over and over we have all seen people who are amazing teachers fail at the business of martial arts. WHY??
To start, most people spend years working at the martial arts craft. Countless hours going to class, attending seminars, competing in tournaments and the list can go on for days. Moreover, after they obtain a high level of proficiency, typically it only increases your thirst for more…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on March 22, 2016 at 9:55pm
Looking from the outside in.
How many times have you been watching your students and thought, "How are they not getting this? It's so simple: step to the right and knock them out". Everything is so clear from across the room. Even if they are senior students, and the answer is literately staring them in the face, they keep missing it.
When I was kid, my parents would always say "you always have to learn things the hard way, don't you?"
Are you suffering from this in your business?
Many times we are working tirelessly to accomplish our goals, yet we never seem to meet them. However, if someone else had the same situation with the same circumstances the answer would be obvious.
Stepping back and looking at your current situation is something that must become a habit. It is counterproductive to try to make decisions with no perspective. Here are three quick ways to seek knowledge that may be staring right at you:…
Posted by Dave McNeill on March 8, 2016 at 1:00pm
Allow me to introduce Master Stone who will, from time to time, be offering advise on owning and running a martial arts school.
Bobby Stone began competing in martial arts in 1986. Since then he has been awarded over 100 gold medals and earned the State, National, and Jr. Olympic Champion titles of the Amateur Athletic Union. As an instructor, he has trained numerous national and Jr. Olympic champions. In 2003, Bobby was recognized as the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Instructor of the Year, in 2010 earned his 3rd Dan in Goju-Shorei Weapons Systems, earned his 6th Dan black belt in 2012 in tae kwon do, earned 6th Dan Kukkiwon in 2013, and in 2015 became a Dan certifier for Kukkiwon. In 2016 Bobby hopes to finally complete his goal of obtaining his black…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on February 13, 2016 at 8:00am
Jujitsu was born as a blade science. Some might think that's a provocative statement, but as you study the history of Japanese martial sciences you see it's true. Various forms of what eventually became collectively known as Jujitsu were developed and practiced by different clans, and different classes of society. It's common knowledge that the Samurai developed ways to deal with armed attackers with or without use of their own weapons, but other groups developed their own martial tactics; families and villagers protecting their property, criminals, monks, and various individuals who were not Samurai but never-the-less made a living by the strength of their fighting abilities all contributed to the Japanese martial legacy. …
Posted by Dave McNeill on February 4, 2016 at 11:30am