Non-Violence: What Martial Arts is Really For

One of my favorite parts about running a martial arts school is witnessing the transformations in the students as they grow with us over the years.

Sometimes they are literally growing, sprouting from little kids to teenagers before our very eyes. But even more exciting to see is a kind of transformation that happens even in adults, and that is the growth of paradigm – of the way students see the world, and their own role within it.

It’s not uncommon to have students coming into our school thinking martial arts is all about beating up bad guys! Some of them are eager to become more tough and get a cool reputation. This is one of the first things I notice changing – their idea of what it means to be “cool”. It’s a pretty clear shift. You see them coming in idolizing our teachers – because let’s be honest, it’s hard to find someone cooler than a ninja master. And then something really interesting happens. They start to realize that Sensei Sean and Sensei Parker aren’t interested in beating up bad guys.  They’re interested in helping the world be a better place.

And yes, they know they have to be tough for this – but it’s the kind of toughness that’s harder to cultivate than just learning how to throw some punches. It’s the strength it takes to pick your battles wisely, to problem solve, even when the problem seems insurmountable, to act with love even when you’re filled with anger.

Our quote of the week is Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. ”. Now some may think that’s an odd quote for a martial arts school. But as any student who’s been around for awhile can tell you, violence is simply not what we’re about. Yup, we know how to use it. Some of us really well. But we know the most powerful force in this world is exactly what Dr. King knew it to be – love.

In class this week, we’re exploring one of the first steps for living with love: cultivating self-control. The techniques we’re working on are…

Techniques of the Week


Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Ukemi Sideways Break Falls Short vs. Long Sideways Rolls
Technique 1 Blocks from Kamae Set One against low tsuki, hook, and side kick Shihodori ExplorationBasic: Kumi Uchi

Adv: Run through Torite Gata

Technique 2 Strikes from Kamae Set OneHeel, Knee, Uda Shuto along the room.  

May add hanbos.

Hicho no Kata in Parts
Technique 3 Leaping DownAdv. Add Leg Attack. Hicho no Kata with Partner

Kasumi Club: (most likely):  Osai Komi – “Pin Down” and Ude Ori – “Arm Break”

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