Martial Artists as Role Models

Martial Artists truly are Role Models.

Regardless of the discipline you practice, you will naturally -and if not you should intentionally- become a role model for others.

How does it happen naturally?

It happens because of the way you walk, or the way you talk, and because of the way you present yourself to others that are younger and newer at the same practice or studio; is always important to remember all of this as those younger and newer will begin emulating your behavior.

When I grow up I want to be like… (You name him or her!)

How do you make it happen intentionally?

Stay mindful of your behavior, but also stay informative and helpful. It does not cost you anything to provide a few minutes of advise to a younger practitioner when you see space for improvement in their form or technique.

As you begin to be that person, willing to help and staying caring, others will begin to naturally and continuously gravitate toward you, at times for your help and advise, and at other times for a simple positive nudge. 

We, as adults and as experienced martial artists, have a responsibility and a duty to those who will look up to us. Mostly because we may find that such small moment may create a very positive and very long-lasting impact in someone’s life.

Find your inspiration, and become yourself the inspiration for another. Make your dreams come true, and be sure to help others reach their dreams as well.

That is the most fulfilling part of your life -when you can give back.


(With my nephew at Nationals, Carlitos -the Force.)

Sure, you want to be fit, flexible, and capable of defending yourself, and you want to be an expert in your discipline and get that belt.

You can do that, but also you can…

Do more. 

Be more.

Truly Be Black Belt !

Martial Arts for Families

The practice of Martial Arts undoubtedly creates a strong family bond.

Martial Arts, unlike other sports, can be practiced as a family activity.

Practicing helps create as well as maintain a direct line of communications between parents and their children, or between partners. Additionally, it creates discipline, respect, and trust among the family members in practice.


(With my two sons.)

The U.S. Census (www.census.gov) states that :

  • Households and families have gotten smaller over time; and
  • Living alone has become more widespread.

A Family that Trains Together, Stays Together!

The Next Level Flexibility

As Martial Artists, flexibility or “the quality of bending easily without breaking”, is as important as being strong physically and mentally.

There are amazing martial artists like Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Chloe Bruce who have not only developed their techniques but have also focused on developing for themselves the next level of flexibility.

Simple Basic Moves :

  • Open legs
  • Stretch side to side
  • Stretch forward (elbows first, then forehead to the floor)

Frequency for Basics :

  • Everyday watching TV
  • Reading a book
  • Doing homework
  • Before practicing any sport; in every sport warming up and stretching are extremely important to avoid injuries.

Additional Training :

  • Asanas (yoga poses). Refer to http://www.yogajournal.com/category/poses/
  • Bikram (developed from hatha yoga by Bikram Choudhury, practiced at 104 degrees F and 40% humidity); scientific studies have proven that Bikram, if regularly practiced, helps improve deadlift strength, flexibility, and accelerates body fat loss. Refer to http://www.bikramyoga.com/BikramYoga/TwentySixPostures.php
  • Ballet or Dance; Jean Claude Van Damme practiced Ballet for 5 years, from 16 to 21, to compliment his martial arts and weight-lifting practices.

Frequency for Additional Training :

This will depend on your personal interests, schedule availability, and even body’s response. Also, to control food intake -in order to be your leanest- will help improve your flexibility.


(With Bill “Superfoot” Wallace)

“Be Flexible My Friend!”