Another great weekend workout!

Two members of the Mountain Home dojo attended our regular Thursday class as well as a special Friday evening session.  The high point of the workouts was the testing and subsequent promotions of three Kokondoka!...

IKA Nationals

This past weekend, on the campus of Seattle University, several dozen Kokondoka assembled for our annual National Seminar.  A range of individuals from new white belts to some of our most experienced Masters attended.  Ages...

Combating the false sense of security…..

My daughter graduated high school a couple of weeks back.  After the ceremonies were over, a large contingent of well-wishers headed over to the local Ruby Tuesdays for a celebratory dinner. I had the pleasure...

Kata………. Why??

In the days prior to assuming the position of instructor of our dojo in 1994, I was participating in one of our general classes.  At this particular class, we were in the middle of an...

Cheaters

At the end of our International Seminar two years ago I was having a conversation with Kaicho regarding one of my students.  He spoke of how this person was advancing at such a rapid rate...

Martial Arts Discipline in a Modern World

Every once in a while I have someone come in wishing to teach them or their children so they can “learn discipline”.  Most of the time, they leave with another martial arts myth removed from...

Flavor of the month…..

I’ve been a member of the martial arts world since the mid 1970’s. Over the course of time there have been a number of “fads”, for lack of a better term, that have seen meteoric...

Annual Regional Seminar A Great Success

The annual St. Louis Regional Kokondo Seminar was held the weekend of August 26th and 27th.  Our special guest instructor this year was Master Joaquin Betancourt from Connecticut.  This year’s event included several members from...

Congratulations to Mr. Dodds and Mr. Hea

St. Louis black belt Mr. Chris Dodds and Mountain Home, Arkansas dojo head Mr. Dave Hea both received promotions to Nidan (2nd degree black belt) at the IKA International Seminar this weekend in Boston. Our...

Outdoor Workouts

Every so often, I like to take the students to an outdoor location for a workout.  In addition to having a change of scenery, we get the benefit of experiencing things that we would not...

Weekend workouts with Twin Lakes Kokondo

June 17th and 18th Sensei Martin and two members of the St. Louis Dojo visited the Twin Lakes Kokondo location in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  Headed by Sensei Dave Hea, Twin Lakes is the newest Kokondo...

Spring has arrived!!!

With the arrival of warm weather, we will once again be having extra outdoor classes at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Outdoor classes add a new dimension to training.  Stance work requires more concentration since we’re no...

Dojo Members Participate In Florida Seminar

For the second consecutive year, three members from the St. Louis Dojo attended the weekend seminar hosted by Sensei George Rego and the Florida Kokondo Dojo.  Led by Kaicho Greg Howard and Master Rob Robert,...