Monday, December 12, 2005

Interesting Marketing

I was looking at Century Martial Arts holiday catalog, and there is a lot more marketing directed toward woman and young girls.
Complete to pink sparring gear.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Shaolin Kempo at West Point

The caption to one photo reads:
Cadet 2nd Class Jackie Lawson of the Army martial arts demonstration team displays the Shaolin Kempo form Young Forest.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A martial arts history note

Just a reminder to those interested in such things, the modern "Shaolin Temple" in China was rebuilt, and is owned and operated by the Communist Chinese government. The buildings were in ruins just a couple of decades ago.

It is a good way for the Communist Chinese government to gather in hard western currency by the barrel full from tourists.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Teaching Flashback...

At the old school I used to teach at, I had a Monday night class that was, with the exception of one kid in high school, all female.
The typical class had 4 to 6 women, with only one being a teenager. The rest were women in their 20's to 40's.

That was an interesting class for me to teach, because I couldn't teach them to do techniques the way I did them.
I decended from a long line of WASP farmers and weigh about 50 pounds more than I look, a lot of that being in upper body strength.
Well, Kempo is a system that adapts to the student, not the other way around and I was good training me to live that as a teacher.

Now I'm at a new school with my old instructor, and in my class tonight was four women. The youngest was 20 and the oldest a few years younger than I am. For two of them, it was their second class.

While it's cool to teach black belts and brown belts, it's good to teach beginners too. I reminds you were we all started from and keeps you humble.

Monday, June 06, 2005


After more than a month of dealing with landlords and building the inspectors, MetroWest Martial Arts and Wellness is finally open for business!