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Embracing Empathy: The Art of Teaching Martial Arts

May 29, 2023
Jason Stanley
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Teaching martial arts goes far beyond imparting techniques and movements; it is about shaping character, instilling respect, and promoting continuous growth. Our approach to instruction, therefore, can significantly impact the way our students perceive and engage with karate. One aspect we should reflect on is the tone and method of our instruction. Are we merely […]

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Your Dojo Is a Reflection of You

August 24, 2018
Jason Stanley
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Are you well organized or messy? How are your relationships with your family and other people? What’s your general outlook on life? Are you a “glass is half full” or “half empty” kind of person? These character traits are reflected in your dojo from the way you sound on the phone to how you teach […]

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Martial Arts Instruction: Embodying Excellence in Every Class

July 30, 2018
Jason Stanley

My conversation with Thomas, a talented but inconsistent purple belt, rings all too familiar. “Is this your best effort, Thomas?” I ask, to which he inevitably replies, “No”. His half-hearted efforts are disappointing, yet it seems an all-too-common attitude among many students. We instructors stress the importance of wholehearted training because we understand that practice […]