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The one thing that bothers me more than anything else in a class is when students are talking among themselves and not listening to the instructor.

When Grand Master Archie taught me (about the same time dirt was being made) there was never any talking between students when he was speaking. It never occurred to me that anyone would do that.…


Added by Dave McNeill on August 30, 2010 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments


Many styles of martial arts teach the use of only two knuckles - the so called 'focus knuckles'.
Goju-Shorei teaches the use of 6 knuckles (roku yubikansetsu). They are used for a variety of strikes and defenses.…


Added by Dave McNeill on August 16, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Family First

There was a unique belt testing last Thursday, August 5th, at the Elite Martial Arts dojo in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

The Goju-Shorei motto of, Family First, was present in spades when Ken Latham, his wife Rachel and his kids, Catie, Patrick and Angele all tested for…

Added by Dave McNeill on August 10, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Keep Your Cool At Work By Doing Office Destresser Quickie Workouts™

Keep Your Cool At Work By Doing Office Destresser Quickie Workouts™

Copyright © 2010

by Tyrone Turner

You may or may not know this, but I suffered a knee injury and became quite sedentary and gained about 40 pounds. My blood pressure also went up and I was nearly hospitalized for hypertension. Well, I'm on the comeback trail and I've lost 25 pounds - 15 more to go.

In addition to my early morning workouts that I do 3 times per week, for… Continue

Added by Tyrone Turner on June 24, 2010 at 3:55pm — No Comments


Marta Azzam was born in Czechoslovakia in 1956. Performed professionally with the Slovakian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Provided critical health care services to many underprivileged communities in several different African nations for more than 5 years. Is a certified tobacco-cessation health educator from Arizona State…


Added by Dave McNeill on June 23, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments


Master Katherine A. Wieczerza is a 7th Dan AAU Tae Kwon Do (7/2007), 6th Dan with the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (4/2002) and a 4th Dan Goju-Shorei Weapons (5/2010).

She started her Tae Kwon Do journey in 1979, and was promoted to 1st Dan in 1983. She has medaled in the United States Taekwondo Union National Championships as well and the AAU National Championships in her long career as a instructor, coach, competitor and school owner. Currently she…

Added by Dave McNeill on June 5, 2010 at 12:58pm — No Comments


The 16th of May held an event that I will not soon forget. Sensei Larry Kooyman was tested for and promoted to 4th Dan in Goju-Shorei Karate.

Larry had sustained a concussion a week and a half earlier, so I cautioned him that he was to go slow. I was wasting my breath. Either that or Larry's slow is most people's fast.

The 11 member board represented 5 different styles with a total of 314 years of martial arts experience. Larry's two…

Added by Dave McNeill on May 18, 2010 at 8:00am — 6 Comments



Added by HENRY GODECKE on May 11, 2010 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Flood Relief.

The picture barely describes what happened to Master Kathy Wieczerza’s house in the Nashville flood. The 40 year old house was a total lose, and like many, if not the majority, of the people in Nashville there was no flood insurance.

Kathy and her family got out with the clothes on their backs – literally the clothes on their backs. But they are alive due to her fast thinking and even…


Added by Dave McNeill on May 10, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

I kinda like these.....

"Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you've got."

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

"Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day, while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of…

Added by Master Mikeal 'Bear' Smith on April 14, 2010 at 1:32pm — No Comments


Pete Bowie, a long time student of Goju-Shorei, is a healthy 73 years old. Last summer he got it into his mind that he would summit 3 of the tallest peaks (the lowest being 10,611 feet) edging our valley. So he did, in one day.… Continue

Added by Dave McNeill on April 13, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

A thought regarding the "Warrior's Mentality"

You can physically train to be a martial artist and practice martial art philosophies in life but there is something within each of us that either prevents or allows us to actually apply, in reality, a warrior's mentality to physical actions; this allows us to walk through the proverbial "valley of death" or, as some would say, "today is a good day to die". Those without so called martial training can be warriors as well; try stopping a mother from protecting her children and most likely…

Added by Master Mikeal 'Bear' Smith on March 27, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

Just a Thought

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Speaking for myself, and perhaps others, I have tired of hearing the derogatory banter between “Traditional” martial artists and “MMA” fighters and somewhere in between “Reality” practitioners. I challenge any to show what they do is “pure” in that there is nothing that has been changed, added and or removed…


Added by Master Mikeal 'Bear' Smith on March 10, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment


As part of the Ultimate Black Belt Test, Team 6, graduation I recently attended a presentation by the Marin Institute in Marin County just north of San Francisco.

The subject of the presentation was ‘Alcopops’, which they’ve defined as alcoholic beverages that are often bubbly and…


Added by Dave McNeill on March 2, 2010 at 3:26pm — No Comments


Do you want to win this cane? Here’s a chance to pick up a custom cane for just $5.00.…


Added by Dave McNeill on February 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

1,000 One Day Later

The 1st day after doing 1,000 pushups, crunches and squats is, for me, always a little slow. The pain is starting to set in, but I know tomorrow it will be worse. Then it gets better.

A school in Florida, run by Master Turnbull, accepted my 1,000 challenge, and being martial artists they ramped it up a notch by adding in 1,000 punches to the pushups, squats and crunches. All day yesterday I was getting email updates on their progress. It… Continue

Added by Dave McNeill on January 2, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

New Year’s Resolution for All Martial Artists

Your Instructor owns and operates a school for you; yes you. If you walked up to the school next week for class and the doors were locked and a sign read “Sorry We Went Out of Business” what would you do? First you’d be mad, then you’d wonder why, and lastly you’d ask yourself “what am I going to do now?” I know these things because I’ve experienced them first hand. There is a fourth question that rarely gets asked. That is; “what could I have done or should I have done to help prevent… Continue

Added by Master Mikeal 'Bear' Smith on January 1, 2010 at 9:34am — No Comments


As you may or may not know, I’m a confessed seminar junkie. Below are some of my thoughts regarding participation in seminars. Also published in Black Belt Magazine, fightcon.com, usadojo.com and tangsoodoworld.com


Is your school, system, or style in a state of emergency? It could be if some of the following rings true. The title, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS, is in reference to what I like to call the “glass bubble” in which some of… Continue

Added by Master Mikeal 'Bear' Smith on December 28, 2009 at 8:42am — No Comments

1,000 on the 1st

I know everyone is excited about doing 1,000 pushups on the 1st of January. After all we have been doing this for a number of years and everyone trains all year for this day.

I plan on starting very early and throwing in 1,000 crunches and 1,000 squats, but that’s just my plan. I’m sure all of you have your own plans.

For the very few that won’t be able to do the 1,000 pushups because of injury or time constraints I…

Added by Dave McNeill on December 27, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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