The M.A.D. Dad
I call myself the M.A.D. Dad. M.A.D. stands for Martial Arts Direction. I want to help others battle the forces that threaten our peace with lessons that I have been blessed to discover through my experiences in both Martial Arts and Life.
It Made Me
Have you ever heard the following phrase exit the lips of a peer or yourself, " I couldn't help it, it made me......." Often, we hear that phrase. A person, event or thing decides to interject its influence on us and cause an action to occur that we report we were incapable of changing. How do we transition from creatures of free will to slaves of another entity?
Skill-In-Drill: Threat Assessment
Picture this situation, you are in a public place and near someone who is upset. He or she may be yelling, screaming, posturing, shaking hands, but suddenly this person realizes that you are present. He or she may speak aggressively to you, challenge you or threaten you. How do you respond?
Probably one of the most popularized feats of martial arts prowess is breaking something. Typically, that something is a wooden board. To those who view the spectacle, it can appear effortless or labored. The board is usually placed above the ground with the ends supported by two platforms or columns to allow for the martial artist to strike through the target. Than, the show begins for the viewing audience.
I am not sure if every martial arts instructor asks this exact same question to a prospective or new student, but, in some form, I think "What is your goal for taking martial arts?" comes up often in the first couple of conversations. Most students struggle with many issues to bring them to participate in martial arts. Some want to be physically fit, others want to be able to protect themselves, and some are just curious. But, a large percentage state the following answer, "I want to be the best."
Skill In-Drill: Recognition
Looking over the past few posts, I wanted to share with my audience a few drills or observations to enhance daily life. For this lesson or drill, let's take a look at recognition. How often does anyone see the following: You are walking in [Insert Public Place] and notice that 75% or greater of the occupants are paying more attention to their smartphone than the activities of the place they are cohabitating.
Respect Oneself First
Respect is a tricky concept. Probably, the hardest lesson to master for any student in martial arts or any person navigating life is what does "respect" mean? At various times, individuals are expected to give respect with no other qualifier than "you're supposed to." It always baffles me to think about how many times we say that to a young person, yet we then follow that statement with "respect must be earned."
Learning to Breathe
Have you ever been under a lot of stress? You might say that you find it continuously. When confronted by dilemma, it is amazing that humans often neglect a most vital resource-oxygen. Sometimes, stress will be so severe that individuals even stop breathing or hold their breath in response.