The Karate Dad – Episode 15

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.  No, I am not writing a book report on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Tale of Two Cities”.  When thinking about how to best describe Anders’ latest lesson, that phrase just comes to mind.  You will see why. At 19 months old, Anders and I haveContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 15”

The Karate Dad – Episode 4

In this episode, I attempt to teach Anders how to do the basic blocking techniques.  He is around 13 months old in this episode and it being only our 4th lesson, he is still taking it all in.  You can see he is getting a little more comfortable with his uniform on and being in the studioContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 4”

The Karate Dad – Episode 14

This episode almost did not happen!  Getting his uniform on was a bit of a struggle.  He wasn’t crying or being fussy, he was just running around laughing, wanting me to chase him.  Anders has actually been doing this when trying to get on other clothes, coats, shoes, diapers, etc.  It must be a phase he’s going through.  I guessContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 14”

The Karate Dad – Episode 3

In this episode, I start teaching Anders his first karate technique, the punch.  He is just over 12 months old in this episode and still quite new to our lessons.  He is still in the process of taking it all in.   Overall, the lesson was a success.  He did several punches with my assistance.  He allowed me to moveContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 3”

The Karate Dad – Episode 2

In this episode, we attempt to go over our first class warmup.  At this time Anders was just over 12 months old.  In episode 1, we covered the bow in and bow out procedures, so this is the next part of a regular class to introduce him to. As in episode 1, it is all new toContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 2”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Perseverance

In this post I will be going over how to teach kids about perseverance.  Perseverance is an essential ingredient for success.  People that quit everything do not get very far in life.  Setting goals is an important thing to do but without perseverance you will never reach those goals. A karate black belt is just a white beltContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Perseverance”

The Karate Dad – Episode 13

It is our first official class of 2021!  At 18 months old, my little man Anders is growing and learning so fast.  We did some mini lessons at home over the holidays so I thought I would test him out at the studio. It took a little longer to get in an official class since our lastContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 13”

The Karate Dad – Episode 1

Welcome to The Karate Dad!  Over the next several months and years, my goal is to document my son Anders’ journey in the martial arts.  The martial arts have been a large part of my life for as long as I can remember and want to share that with him.  As an instructor and studio owner, I willContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 1”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Respect

In this post I will be going over how to teach kids about respect.  As I’ve mentioned in many previous posts, kids pick things up from their surroundings.  Typically, kids who are disrespectful have either not been taught respect or are surrounded by others who are disrespectful.  We all need to remember this when weContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Respect”

The Pyung Ahn Parent

In many karate styles, practitioners train in a set of forms called Pyung Ahn or Pinan.  For those non-martial artists out there, a form is a prearranged set of techniques that teach students certain fighting applications. Many of these forms, like the Pyung Ahn, are hundreds of years old and have been passed down for generations.  The purposeContinue reading “The Pyung Ahn Parent”