Author: mr.herrman

What it means to be a Black Belt

I received this message from a fellow school owner and instructor, Mr. Whitaker, this morning: I ask all of my Jr. Black Belt candidates to write a 1 page paper on what it means to be a Black Belt. This child [Zack] is 8 years…


Tournament Observations

One of the parents who was at the USA Nationals commented that the forms competition doesn’t seem to be about athleticism or skill level; it seems to be about smoothly rehearsed and performed movements, even if less dynamic and less powerful. This observation is fairly…


USA Nationals Tournament

We took a group of 20 students to the USA Nationals Tournament in Centralia, WA this past weekend. On Saturday 3 students competed in sparring (junior black belt and mens intermediate). Sunday was the big day, with 19 competitors entered in forms, weapons and sparring….