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47 years in the martial arts is enough so I'm retiring. There are 13 different styles in this photo and over 1,000 years of experience. We had 100 plus at this soirée hosted by John Mayes at his hanger in Carson City, Nevada.
I am so blessed and honored by everyone that showed up, ate and talked story. Thank you dear, dear friends.
Much to my surprise I was awarded a 10th degree by ATAMA (American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts).
I can't thank everyone enough for their support, encouragement, and love.
God Bless All.
Posted by Dave McNeill on September 10, 2018 at 7:00pm
I taught a 2 hour class on healing Friday - with the awesome help of Mary Ann. Saturday I taught martial arts for 4 hours concentrating on the 6 knuckles of Goju-Shorei and the Roku Empi (6 elbows) kata.
Colorado Springs have 5 military bases in the area so Todd's school has a lot of military students, both active and retired. PTSD is a common ailment of the population and we have been able to treat successfully this terrible side effect of war. We were able to continue this successful treatment at the Friday healing class.
This is the last martial arts seminar I will do before my retirement in September.…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on August 26, 2018 at 3:30pm
If we teach martial arts we always hope that we will have a positive, lasting effect on our students. Seldom do we get confirmation that we made any difference to them, so I was thrilled when I got such confirmation twice within a week.
Mary Ann and I went to a Carson City restaurant mid-afternoon. There were only two other tables occupied when we sat down, and at one of the tables this tall, tatted, muscular guy kept staring at me. I was wondering if desert was going to be a knuckle sandwich when he got up from his table and started walking towards us.
“Excuse me,” he said, “did you used to teach karate in Dayton, Nevada?”
“Yes I did” I replied as I stood up.
“I was your student when I was a freshman in high school, and I sure…Continue
Most, if not all, martial arts systems have some kind of time requirement for grading to the next belt. At the lower levels (kyu) it might be just a couple of months before the student is allowed to test again.
At black belt (dan) the time between tests is measured in years. A typical time in grade is; 2 years between first and second degree, 3 years between second and third degree, 4 years between third and forth degree, etc. So if a person achieved their 1stdegree black belt at 18 they couldn’t test for their 4thdegree until they were 27.
There are of course exceptions; a person may be promoted because of their contribution to the martial arts, new organizational responsibilities, new teaching assignments, or exceptional…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on May 31, 2018 at 7:48pm
In the early 2000s Tom Callos and I were talking at a coffee shop in Reno when he mentioned something he was thinking of doing. He called it the Ultimate Black Belt Test, and when he explained what it consisted of I told him he was crazy, because no one in their right mind would do such outrageous things over a year.
Fast forward a few years. In November of 2004 I had just returned from Nashville after 3 months of chemo and radiation treatments. Tom called me and insisted that I join the UBBT and play full out. At that point I could not do even one push-up and he was insisting I do 52,000 over the next 12 months. Putting common sense aside I agreed. Seven months later I did 2005 push-ups over the July 4th holiday.
I know for certain I would not have had that kind…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on April 9, 2018 at 10:34am