Over the last few weeks I have done some Facebook reposts about the OMAC Juvenile Arthritis Charity Tournament. One of our students at Master Kim’s Oriental Martial Arts College is a kid named Ayden Soares. As you can imagine, Arthritis is a very painful disease, especially for children. When our school decided to get together … Continue reading The Things We Do For Charity…
If you follow me on Facebook you will already know that I was selected as a volunteer for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. My decision to volunteer dates back to the 2013 Taekwondo Canada Open; at the end of the event the administrator thanked me for my hard work, and hoped that I would … Continue reading Pan Am… Do something for nothing, and get so much!
A little over a year ago I was going to take over management of the website for the Oriental Martial Arts College (Master Kim's OMAC). Several issues, including my long-term relocation to Japan, aborted that. However I am thrilled to be back with OMAC now, as a Senior Instructor and not as a webmaster. This week … Continue reading My OMAC Profile
A couple of years ago I attended the Microsoft Convergence Conference in New Orleans. The HP booth had hired a caricature artist to draw people, and using his Wacom digitizer he drew an absolutely amazing one of me. His name by the way was Stephen King - no relation to the author. I used that picture for... … Continue reading A Picture is Worth…
I love Taekwondo. I took it up seven years ago as an activity I could share with my son, but he never took to it the way I did. Okay, we still do other things together… and I am now Instructor Garvis to the myriad Taekwondo students at OMAC. Taekwondo was not my first martial … Continue reading Slinging Chucks
Allow me to kvel a little, if I may. Kvel is a Yiddush word that is somewhere between bragging and exuding pride. I’m not exactly sure… I don’t speak Yiddush very well. In September Theresa and I enrolled our little boy in Taekwondo. We had discussed a couple of years ago that when he was … Continue reading Gilad’s FIRST Belt Test!
Last night at Taekwondo two women (a student and a parent) asked me the same question: ‘Is that a new dobok?’ The dobok is of course the uniform we wear, and until you are a Senior Instructor in our system it is white with our logo on the back. Additionally I have two flag patches … Continue reading Keep it Clean… it will last longer!
The scale this morning was kind to me… down 1.7lbs over yesterday. However looking at my 30 day graph I am only down 8lbs this month… respectable, but not where I want it to be (10lbs per month). Last week I was sitting with the Educator at the Weight Management Clinic and she looked through … Continue reading It is a Loooong Journey…
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight – I don’t mean ten or twenty pounds, but a significant amount of weight – will know that there is a certain point when you start to feel the weight loss, not only because you see the numbers on the scale, but in other facets of life. … Continue reading The journey continues…
I mentioned in conversation a couple of days ago that I was going to be starting to learn Kyokushin Karate in Japan and that I was very excited. One of the people involved in the discussion mentioned that the first few months of any martial art is going to be less interesting, but if I … Continue reading Respect the Belt… Respect the Art.
**AUTHOR’S NOTE: Although this article is being published on a subsequent day, the incidents described herein occurred on June 25th, 2013. This article/essay is written from the perspective of it still being that day.** I was attacked today by two idiots. After they cut me off in their pickup truck they followed me into the … Continue reading Violence is SELDOM the Answer, and Road Rage is ALWAYS Stupid.
Happy Friday folks. It is May 31st… the last day of the month, for many people it’s a day to submit expenses. In southern Ontario it is a beautiful sunny day (some people complain about the heat… I never do) and it is not surprising that around the office there is a lot of chatter … Continue reading Conquering Challenges
As many of you know I have been forced to take a break from Taekwondo since my auto accident in December. That does not mean that when asked I cannot suit up to help the judging at the Colour Belt Grading Tests. I did that this Wednesday, and afterwards some of us were hanging out … Continue reading The One Inch Punch
Most of you know by now that I am a martial artist. I have written enough about Tae Kwon Do over the years that even if you only visit my blog occasionally you are likely to have come across something about TKD. For all of these years that I have been going to Seattle I … Continue reading Visiting With The Dragon
I want to preface this post by saying that I don’t get it. I have been in Taekwondo for four and a half years, and have in that time achieved my 2nd Dan Black Belt… but even before I started I am reasonably sure that I would not have gotten it. A commentator on Australian … Continue reading Taekwondo: Care to comment?