Thank you for visiting my page at The Karate Dad! This post is just a little background information about me and the reasons I started this site.
First of all, I have been in karate nearly my entire life (since I was 8 years old). I have been a full-time studio owner since 2004. Needless to say, I am pretty well invested in this whole martial arts thing.
Martial Arts has helped shape my life in so many positive ways. I truly believe I would not be where I am today if it not for the valuable lessons I learned over the last 30+ years in the martial arts as a student, teacher, and competitor.
In 2019 my wife and I were blessed to welcome our son Anders into the world. He is our pride and joy and fills our hearts with so much love. Being a dad is something I have wanted and looked forward to most of my adult life. I was overjoyed when that dream became a reality. I can’t imagine life without him, even during the crying and poopy diapers.
Things were going more or less as planned until Spring 2020 and COVID19 hit us all like a microscopic nuclear warhead. Things changed almost instantaneously. My karate school was shut down for 5 months. It reopened and was only at 30% of pre-COVID revenues.
One bright spot during this terrible time in history was I got to spend nearly every day with my son Anders. Every little milestone during the first year of his life I got to witness live. We made countless goofy videos including dressing up, karaoke, and karate “training”. I will cherish these moments always.
I also had a lot of time to think and reflect on my life. This seemed like a turning point in so many ways. Teaching karate is and always will be a big part of my life but owning a studio and teaching is a very fragile thing as the pandemic brought attention to. Not to mention as I get older, it is quite an exhausting profession.
I was thinking about what I enjoy most in life. The top 3 were: being a dad, being a karate teacher, and helping people. That is when the idea for The Karate Dad was born. During the pandemic I dabbled in online videos and blog writing as a way to stay connected to students. I enjoyed these and continue doing them today. However, it did not include my number one enjoyment of being a dad.
So, I decided to combine being a karate teacher with being a dad and got The Karate Dad. The purpose of this site is to provide information, ideas, and spawn discussions regarding being a dad. More specifically, how to instill the principles and values of martial arts into our children. Through articles, videos, social media posts, and other mediums, I hope to form a community of like-minded dads who have kids in martial arts or are in martial arts themselves or both and are interested in bettering our kids through the traditional teachings of martial arts.
PS-it is not all serious…cute videos and pictures of the little ones (and big ones) are always welcome.