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Leading from the front

On March 22nd and 23rd, the WKA hosted the National Tournament for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA and grappling. Over 500 competitors came to the Arthur Ash Center in Richmond Virginia to compete for the chance to be the national champion and for a spot on the US Team that will be going to Italy at [...]

By |2018-06-28T10:58:19+00:00March 28th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Leading from the front

Simple is Not Easy: DO THE WORK

I had a student come into the gym not to long ago. He told me what hundreds of students before me had told me. He said, “I want to be a fighter.”  I’ve been that guy before. When I started doing Muay Thai back in 1996 I told my instructor the same thing. He grinned, [...]

By |2016-10-16T19:21:04+00:00January 8th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Simple is Not Easy: DO THE WORK

Martial Arts Dojo or Fight Gym?

It is said that martial arts without philosophy is just street-fighting. It can also be said that martial arts without fighting is like playing basketball without a ball. Both statements are very true, and yet most martial arts schools or fight gyms cater to either one or the other. The argument is: Which is better [...]

By |2018-06-28T10:58:20+00:00January 7th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Martial Arts Dojo or Fight Gym?

Kru Jason: a true Padawan and Jedi

I grew up as an avid Star Wars fan. As a kid I admired the Jedi of the movie. They were the equivalent of space age Samurai. They lived by a code of ethics and protected that code through a warrior lifestyle and I wanted to be like them when I grew up.The first step [...]

By |2018-06-28T10:58:20+00:00August 20th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Kru Jason: a true Padawan and Jedi

The Alchemy of a Yard sale

I have never been a part of a garage sale until today. My dear friend Elicia, who has been there for me through thick and thin, decided to do one on a hot summer Saturday morning. She, like most of us, had accumulated a lot of things over the course of several years. Many of [...]

By |2016-10-16T19:21:20+00:00July 6th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on The Alchemy of a Yard sale

Officiating: the invisible art of Fighting

To understand Muay Thai, or any ring sport, one must understand officiating. I have had the honor in the last month to referee, judge, and inspect at 3 different fight shows in New York. Officials are the unsung heroes of the fight game, and that is done on purpose. Like the ninjas of feudal Japan, [...]

By |2018-06-28T10:58:20+00:00June 25th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Officiating: the invisible art of Fighting

Mother: Shepherd of my dreams

When I was young, I lived inside of my head. I would stay up all night, writing stories and drawing pictures till the sun came up the next morning. They were stories of fantasy and of heroes who were powerful and just. I felt at home inside of my head because in there I was [...]

By |2018-06-28T10:58:20+00:00May 8th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Mother: Shepherd of my dreams

HOW TO ENJOY Discipline

What is discipline? What makes a yogi continuously show up to there mats day in and day out, even when they do not feel like it? What makes a writer pick up his pen or type on his keyboard day in and day out even when inspiration escapes him, or a fighter get up every [...]

By |2018-06-28T10:58:20+00:00April 29th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on HOW TO ENJOY Discipline

Life: The most Important Posture

Life is Asana.  It is a moving meditation towards stillness.  Few know that the practice of Asana, or the postures, is a relatively current practice in yoga.  Asana is only one of the 8 Limbs of the Yoga Sutras, a document written to codify yoga. Original yoga consisted of pure stillness.  The only asana was [...]

By |2018-06-28T10:58:30+00:00April 18th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Life: The most Important Posture

WKA Nationals 2013 Recap: Service As Our Higher Purpose

            As a fighter and student, I found myself focusing primarily on my own goals and dreams.  Training helped me discover myself and live a more skillful, thus happier life.  However, an interesting shift has occurred in my career in the last 10 years or so.  I became a coach and began to shift my [...]

By |2018-06-28T10:58:30+00:00April 15th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on WKA Nationals 2013 Recap: Service As Our Higher Purpose