Blog entries by stickarts

  1. Hi all, I've been away awhile :) i have been busy spending time with my awesome daughters, teaching seminars, and running my school which has now been in business 25 years! I hope everyone is doing great and I wish everyone Happy Holidays!
  2. I am looking forward to working with some awesome students tomorrow!
  3. We will be performing our annual demo at the Rock Cats baseball game this weekend. This is an awesome opportunity to show a bit of martial arts to the public and then enjoy the baseball game. As I see the lives of kids get more and more busy and competitive, it also allows time for something...
  4. I am teaching my next womens self defense class in Cromwell CT this Saturday. Teaching this class is always rewarding and fun. There are always good questions, a desire to learn, and high energy. Some women take several classes while others join a martial arts program afterward. I love seeing...
  5. Our annual tournament is this Saturday March 29th. It's an opportunity for our students to learn or improve upon the sport aspect of karate. In the past I was in charge of the judging. This year I am running the entire tournament and I am excited to take on this learning opportunity. It's...
  6. I am looking forward to working again with GM Cogliandro on March 15, 2014. He teaches AK and I teach an arnis session and this event draws students from all over New England. The sharing of information is tremendous and the friendship demonstrated among everyone involved makes it an amazing...
  7. I am very excited that we will be adding Yoga classes to our school starting with a free class January 2, 2014. This is a great addition to our school and i think Yoga can have tremendous health benefits. As I will be staring age 50 in the face soon I appreciate this type of practice more than...
  8. I will be teaching a kubotan class here Nov 23. I teach this about once per year and I love the range of students that I get for this: college students, moms, kids, and martial artists. The class covers basic strikes as well as some pain compliance techniques. This is always a fun class!
  9. I am very excited about our current instructor staff! Collectively we have the most experience than we have had in 20 years. Instructors with 25 years, 20 years, 15 years, and 13 years experience as well as many newer instructors. I think it's a great mix having those very experienced as well...
  10. Every year I look forward to doing our demo at The New Britain Rock Cats on field at New Britain Stadium. This year we lucked out with the weather since it will be a beautiful day. A demo, a high quality baseball game, and food. My kind of day! :0) The kids do an amazing job and I am very proud...
  11. I am looking forward to teaching my next seminar next Saturday. It will be in Centerbrook, CT at Valley Shore Martial Arts at 1pm. It is always great seeing old friends as well as making new friends and I always come away having learned something as well as having taught. It is going to be a...
  12. i have been a part of hundreds of seminars over the years and I can honestly say that our March seminars of kenpo and modern arnis was one of the best seminars I have ever experienced. It was a day of people coming together in friendship from different States, different martial arts, and...
  13. Great job to all the participants in the Knife defense seminar for law enforcement officers! We covered emptyhand vs knife, knife vs knife and did some freestyle knife work. Thank you to Master Dominick Violante for hosting the event. Thank you to all the participants for all that you do. My...
  14. We finished editing our blue belt weapons DVD today. ( Kobujutsu ). It contains Bo form two ( Choun No kon ) Arnis sticks 12 disarms, and double and reverse sinawali. It has been my goal to have DVD's for all 3 curriculums of the 3 arts that we do: Kenpo, Modern Arnis, and Kobujutsu. This brings...
  15. I am looking forward to teaching at Swift Waters Self Defense Club this Sunday. The topics will be the trapping and locking of tapi tapi and also joint locking with no stick. The club is run by Sifu Jonathan Leonard and it will be good to see him again. The seminar starts at 12pm.