The P90X push up

Have you seen that infomercial for the P90X system?

It’s a full body workout designed to get you ripped in 90 days, using the concept of “muscle confusion”. Interesting idea.

While I was learning about this product I caught a glimpse of an simple yet challenging push-up exercise that’ll work your abs, arms and balance at the same time.

This is a great exercise to challenge your students.

It works like this…

Do a regular push up, but when you return to the up position bring one knee to your chest for a moment (so that your foot is no longer touching the ground) and then return that leg to the floor.

Do another push up and this time bring the opposite knee to your chest before returning it to the floor.

Continue to alternate right leg, then left leg with each push up.

Sounds easy, but quite challenging.

After 20-30 of these you’ll really start to feel it in your abs.

Try it out for yourself and then challenge your students with it in your next class.


– Jason

P.S. For more killer karate drills and exercises that’ll get your heart racing and blood pumping, I have 15 different kinds of push ups in my 125 Dynamite Drills ebook that you can use starting today. Check it out…

You call THAT karate?!

Years ago I attended a karate seminar in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. It was known to be a rough part of town and as we walked into the building I could hear the instructor screaming at his class of 10 year old kids.

“C’mon you pack of @#$%ing weak dogs!!”, he yelled, “you call that karate?”

Parents stood at the side of the tatami watching while, let’s call him Mr.D, berated their kids. Mr.D then picked up a stick and ordered his class to remove their gi tops. The kids continued with their training, marching up and down the floor doing oi-zuki (lunge puch) with Mr.D yelling at them the entire time. He poked, prodded and struck them with the stick as they made their technique.

“Don’t you want to be a black belt?”, he screamed in the face of one young boy who was struggling to keep up.

“No”, said the student.

“WHAT THE @#$% DID YOU SAY?”, he bellowed?

“No. I don’t want to be a black belt”, he said shyly.

The look on Mr.D’s face was priceless.

(If a black belt was what Mr.D was exemplifying, who could blame the kid for not wanting to be like Mr.D??)

At that time the dojo phone rang and Mr.D picked it up and yelled into the phone, “Can’t talk. Busy!”, and slammed the phone into the cradle.

I stood there dumbfounded and couldn’t believe what I just witnessed.

Here was an instructor who belittled, berated and threatened his students; a business owner who yelled at his potential customers over the phone.

It was absurd… and yet parents stood by and watched the class in progress.

My point is this…

Mr.D’s hard line approach was an excellent example of his attitude in complete conflict with teaching his students a respectful one, and also in conflict in creating a culture at his dojo in which people would want to go…

He used FEAR as his primary motivating force to try to get his students to achieve. And as seen by the young student’s response to his question, it wasn’t working so well.

What kind of personal attitude are you projecting when you teach and run your school? Is this supportive of what your goals are as a karate teacher, or is it detrimental to your mission?

Also if you have people teach for you, are you aware of how they teach when you’re not there? Is what they’re doing in alignment with you?

You’ve probably got dojo rules for students to follow, but do you have rules for instructors, including yourself? Do you abide by them? Do you enforce them?

If you don’t you’ll have conflicts and confusion from students, instructors and parents alike…

And as most people move away from confusion and uncertainty, and move toward consistency and security, this isn’t helpful in growing your school.

It’s time to take a closer look at what’s happening at your dojo – what impression do you, your instructors and your school give to your students, parents and prospects?

So your July figures are suffering…

Summer is again upon us…

And for many karate schools it’s a tough month… particularly if a decent percentage of your students are kids, as they tend to go on vacation or are busy doing “other stuff”.

I hope you heeded my advice months ago and grabbed yourself a copy of Mike Massie’s Starting a Summer Camp book. If you did (and provided you actually did something with it), right now you’re probably chuckling to yourself at what a successful month you’re about to have.

But let’s say you didn’t do that because [insert excuse here] – what can you do this month to stop the bleeding?

Well, I’m here to let you know there is an EASY way to inject some much needed cash into your club even with all those students who have gone missing for the summer, without working an obscene number of hours.

All you have to do is run a…

…wait for it…

Pizza Night!

Yep, that’s right. Run a kids pizza night, or two, or three…

It’s simple.

You simply make a flyer with the details and give it to your kids who are attending classes right now –> parents read it –> parents are delighted that they get a night off –> kids are happy they get to go –> you’re happy because it benefits your club in 2 ways.

1) It helps you pay the bills this month

2) It creates friendship bonds between you and your junior students, their parents and of course the kids get to know each other better too.

So how do you structure it?


Make it on a Friday or Saturday evening from 5pm – 8pm, charge $10 – $20 per child (whatever you think will work best) and include games, pizza and drinks.

It really is that simple.

At worst, even if you just get 10 kids at $15 each that’s $150 for 3 hours less the price of pizza. In the past I’ve run pizza nights with 45 kids, and a friend of mine (who has a large school had almost 90, though he swears he’ll never do that again!!).

Wtih just 2-3 pizza nights this month you’ll probably make up what you missed out on, and create better bonds with your junior students and families.

So what are you waiting for? Hop to it and open your calendar now and schedule in 2 pizza nights this month.

– Jason