Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Karate, Taekwondo, or Jiu-jitsu, which is Best?

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Guest Post By Tom Callos for Balanced Life Skills.  Mr. Callos is Mr. Joe Van Deuren’s mentor, coach and instructor.

This is an article full of shopping advice. If you’re shopping for a martial arts school, for training, then you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve been studying the martial arts for 40 years, I’m a 6th degree black belt in taekwondo, a 17 year practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and my students have include national taekwondo champions, karate point-fighters, and mixed martial arts legends. So, when it comes to martial arts training, in every –and any –realm, I know (exactly) what I’m talking about.

Here are three piece of advice for you, regardless of the kind of martial arts you might be interested in: Continue reading “Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Karate, Taekwondo, or Jiu-jitsu, which is Best?”

Gift Wrap Project

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Last night we took a group of students and parents to the Sheraton Hotel to do gift wrapping with the Jr. League.  For the second year in a row now we have wrapped gifts for the 234 foster children in our county so that they will have a holiday season that will bring some joy to their lives.
With 3 to 4 gifts contributed for each child by the citizens of AA County, it is quite a chore.  But with all that we have learned on the mat in our martial arts training about focus and discipline we were able to complete all the wrapping in just one hour.  Here are some photos from our evening.

Here is a philosophy for all to live by

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I use a quote from John Wooten about what success is and in this interview he talks about how to be successful.  His words are so true and apply, in my mind, to every part and endeavour we may take in our life, including our martial arts training.  Tell me what you think about this interview.