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How to Tell if A Martial Arts School is Any Good!

Newsletter 775
How to Tell if A Martial Arts School is Any Good!

Good afternoon
Perfect afternoon, actually,
because I get to work out!
how about you?

New Book on Yoga. Click the cover!

New Book on Yoga. Click the cover!

Sorry i am getting behind on the newsletters,
just have a lot to do.

I was thinking the other day
about how people can tell whether a martial art school
is good or bad.
I mean…
how do you tell?
Trophies don’t mean much,
loud mouths don’t mean much,
so how?
And i realized there was one way to,
if not tell how good a school is,
at least to elevate it to good consideration.
Simply go in and chat,
and look around,
and see how many injuries there are.
Do students talk about getting their fingers broke?
Loose teeth?
This is the sign of a bad school.
A good school,
with the techniques practiced properly
will not have many injuries.
lots of bruises,
maybe a bloody lip,
maybe a mouse,
but no broken bones.
No hip replacements,
broken noses,
or other signs of people out of control.

The martial arts are all about control.
Can you control the other fighter?
Or do you have to hurt him to control him?

Hurting to control is not control at all.

Here’s the thing,
you practice the martial arts not to beat people up,
but rather to learn how to control yourself.
Once you learn how to control your own body,
the second stage is to control the other person’s body.
That’s what the martial arts are really all about.

When I was practicing Kenpo,
back in 67,
I broke a toe,
I broke a finger,
and I was always going slow
because of pulled muscles,
and other sorts of things.

When I joined the Kang Duk Won
we fought three times harder,
and I never broke anything.
I got more bruises,
but less injuries.
The students knew they could hurt each other,
so they didn’t try,
they tried to control themselves well enough,
so that they could control the other person.

It’s not about fighting.
It’s about the discipline of self control.
You don’t fight,
you scientifically analyze,
you break down the techniques,
and apply them carefully,
so the other person is not hurt,
but is controlled.

That’s the whole thing,
right there,
in a nutshell.

So think about it,
stop lusting for power,
and start searching for control.
It is so much more satisfying,
and will take you to the true martial arts.

check out The Master Instructor Course
Only one of its kind,
the actual physics
of how to control your own body,
or somebody else’s body.


I keep pushing this,
because it is so unique,
so important,
and will change your martial arts,
and all martial arts.

have a great work out!



Five Reasons Why Yogata is Sometimes Better Than Classical Yoga

I really should be more careful in my titles, for it is not my intention to alienate Yoga practitioners, or start some sort of Yoga war. That said, Yogata is much better for certain types of people. the classes of student are:

1) Martial arts students
2) Martial arts instructors
3) People who don’t have the time and money
4) People who want a more structured approach
5) People who don’t want to be nibbled to death by well meaning instructors

Let me explain point by point…

Yogata was designed by a martial artist for martial artists. It is aimed at the specific strengths, weaknesses, injuries, and so on that a martial artist might possess. Simply, if you’ve had an injury, and it is time for a little rehabilitation, or if you just want to increase strength the easy way, without suffering the ‘no pain no gain’ mentality, then Yogata was designed specifically for this.

Martial Arts instructors might have a particular interest in this, as doing Yogata before a class is a no injury way to warm up, seek balance and inner calmness, and dedicate yourself to the physical discipline of the martial arts. This is a glove and fist approach that really works.

Personally, I don’t have the couple of hours, let alone the rather exorbitant rates, to travel across town and take an ‘official’ class. Furthermore, I have found most DVDs a bit too specific, a bit lacking in the overall approach, and not really designed for the type of warm up/work out I want to do.

There are a lot of yoga routines, but they either slant one way or another, according to the teachers preferences, or they are aimed towards contortionism, which is a fine subject, but not specific to my tastes. Yogata is a martial arts kata, it moves through the body wholistically, separating it into the major areas which need to be worked on, let letting the person who has the routine down have the freedom to explore.

Again, the word is wholistic. Many well meaning and talented yogis seem to want to take you through endless variations, tweak all the little points, when all I really want is a specific routine which I can practice on my own, which hits the major areas, and allows me freedom to nibble at the minor variations as I wish, on my own time and my own dime.

In conclusion, Yoga is great, but for the reasons above, Yogata is more appropriate for a large variety of people. If you find one of the items listed here applies to you, you might want to visit the Yogata page at Monster Martial Arts.