The Things We Do For Charity…

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…

Pan Am… Do something for nothing, and get so much!

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!

Gilad’s FIRST Belt Test!

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!

Keep it Clean… it will last longer!

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!

It is a Loooong Journey…

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…

Respect the Belt… Respect the Art.

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.

Violence is SELDOM the Answer, and Road Rage is ALWAYS Stupid.

**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.

Taekwondo: Care to comment?

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?