Category: Articles

The Release of Energy

I sit at my desk all day. I try to get up, move around, but it could be hours before I get to my feet. I come home, write, watch Netflix, maybe even go on a walk. But there’s something...

Two blue boxing gloves with black accents.

Permanently Black & Blue

There’s a dance studio in the same building as my dojo, and when they play their music loudly, we hear it through the walls. Often, we’ll watch our teacher demonstrate a series of devastatingly painful arm locks with a merry...

10 Amazing Martial Artists from History

In no particular order, some inspiring martial arts pioneers from recent history. <3 01. Kayla Harrison, Olympic Gold Medalist Judoka Judoka Kayla Harrison (b. 1990) was the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in Judo at the London...

Loosen Up, Embrace Aggression

Are You Going to Cry Now? I used to spend a lot of effort pushing back aggression as a kid, I think. Expressing aggression or anger made me feel vulnerable and exposed, like not only would I ruin everything, but...

A Reflection on Starting Fresh

My hands don’t belong here. I moved them from up by my cheeks to further out in front of me. Wow. That kick was atrocious. My standing foot was pointed 90 degrees the wrong way, my foot position in the...

Protection

“Feet together – one bow.” I remembered how to do that, at least. I was standing on the mats of a dojo for the first time since I gave up karate lessons at age twelve, doing my best to copy...

Finding Balance in Your Martial Arts Life

We know that martial arts requires dedication and perseverance to truly reap its benefits. It’s not a venture of instant gratification, and many consider it a life-long journey. And to be a martial artist can mean more than just coming to...

Things don’t always go according to plan

It’s been a long while since I’ve been active here. As a matter of fact it’s been a long time since I was active in anything related to martial arts. This is not as I planned. This time of year...

The Dojo is my “Green Place”

I spent a good portion of my college years immersing myself in the martial arts. At peak, I was training 9 hours a week plus serving as president of the martial arts club. Almost all the social events I attended...