First Month Including Uniform
Published:Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:19:18
Split Second Survival Workshops will be offered starting in March.
Split Second Survival is not a martial art. It teaches practical skills to escape and survive street scenarios. Workshops start by teaching basic concepts that can be applied to a number of situations and grabs. They then progress to teach ways to survive being held at knife or gunpoint.
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Published:Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:31:26
Published:Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:40:13
Mr. Shaw, the Chief Instructor at Las Vegas Tang Soo Do took home the Region 2 Cup at the annual WTSDA Region 2 Championship!
Region 2 consists of five states. Mr. Shaw won the cup after earning a gold medal in sparring; a gold medal in open-hand forms, and a silver medal in weapons.
He is pictured below with Grandmaster Beaudoin, the head of The World Tang Soo Do Association.
Published:Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:26:19
"One of the most important things in life is showing up." The difference between being where we are today and where we want to be in the future is simply practicing on a regular basis. It is easy to get discouraged and make excuses. But it all boils down to a simple decision to just show up. Making that decision day after day is all it takes!
When I quit smoking almost 20 years ago, I remember not being able to deal with the thought of never having a cigarette again. My physical and emotional withdrawals were severe. To think that this would go on for a week before it started getting better—I knew I couldn’t last. I went to a smoking cessation class where someone taught me the trick. I would make the decision not to smoke each and every time I had the urge.
So unlike the previous failures in quitting (I had many), this time I carried my pack of cigarettes and lighter with me the whole time. In my head I wasn’t quitting; I simply chose not to smoke that one cigarette that one time. I told myself I will have the next one. This may seem hard, but I found it easier. I did not get overwhelmed with the commitment to quit. I didn’t obsess over even a thought of what if I slipped up. I simply made the small easy decision each time. This started as being every five minutes…then fifteen…then thirty… Eventually whole days went by. I finally threw out my cigarettes when I knew I never wanted to touch them again.
This same technique applies to martial arts or working out. Let’s say I walked into my first karate class as a white belt and had all this anxiety that I am not as good as the other students. Or if I looked at the black belts and thought there is no way I will ever be able to throw those jump spinning kicks, I would have defeated myself. Instead, I simply made the decision to show up to class each and every time. Just like achieving the status of non-smoker—something I thought I would never be able to accomplish, I eventual came to be one of those black belts throwing crazy spinning kicks!
We like to build everything up in our heads making everything more than what it is. Life is really a series of small everyday decisions. I find that the cumulative effect of these small decisions is what defines one’s character—not so much one-time events.
So, if you want to lose weight, next time you look at a soda, make the small decision of, “not this time.” If you want to get fit, make that decision to go to your next karate class. Break every mountain down to simple little rocks. If you mess up, you proved you are a normal human. It doesn’t change a thing because you didn’t overcommit to this staggering impossible regimen. You simply have the opportunity to make another right decision next time.
Make the right small decision—then keep making it!
Published:Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:43:00
Whoever said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” was wrong.
When teaching martial arts to kids, it is easy to see how you are changing their lives for the better. I see their boost in confidence—the can-do attitude. I see them accomplish things they never thought possible. I see them developing social skills of trust and respect; character that will endure into adulthood.
However, I was not as optimistic about adults. Most of us have been around the block a few times. Adults know what they want to do, what they don’t want to do, and have an opinion about pretty much everything in between. I definitely have seen the great improvement in health, flexibility, confidence, and leadership skills, but was not convinced that I had a meaningful impact on their attitude about day-to-day life.
About a month ago, one of my adult students made a comment to me in passing about how he used to get all worked up with road rage and often got into shouting matches or worse. He said that since he has been training with me these have all but disappeared. That roused my curiosity; I abhor violence. I thought about it and gave it some time to marinate in my own mind as I tried to figure out the how and why. I later approached him and asked him if he could share why.
The first thing was one I guessed right off the bat. He had more confidence and didn’t feel the need to prove himself to a total stranger. He knew he was better than that, so he was able to hold his head high and ignore the other driver.
The next thing surprised me. He said he listened to me in class and was acting more on this than the other. I repeat the same thing over and over with the hope that it will sink in. This is scientifically proven to be necessary for kids and teens. You say it enough; they will learn it. I didn’t think it would have the same impact on adults—especially adults that have already formulated their own ways of thinking and dealing with stressful problems.
The point I made was that there is always someone out there that fights better than you or is willing to take it to higher level. For instance, you are willing to get in a fist-fight; the other person pulls a knife or gun. Living in a big city like Las Vegas, you hear about one of these at least once a year that ends in tragedy. I often explained that foolish pride just is not worth it. It is not life threatening until you step in and make it life threatening. Simply mouthing “I’m sorry,” to the other driver while you pull away is typically the best solution.
It meant a great deal to me to hear that coming from such an intelligent adult student and reminds me that we all can keep learning at any age and about anything…as long as we open ourselves to it.