Category Archives: Martial Arts

A nice surprise

This was a nice surprise to receive today.

“Matthew

On behalf of the American Economic Institute, I wanted to let you know that Matt Randall’s has been recognized for the 2017 Leadership Award.

Our panel of industry executives and consultants oversees an annual survey commissioned by the AEI on various categories and determines which companies meet and exceed the industry benchmarks that have been set forth.”

Keep your hands up!

At first I saw this video and thought, “Gee, that’s pretty cool”. Then, I remembered why I chose to study ITF and not WTF TaeKwonDo…because these idiots never keep their guard up. They deserved to get knocked out and would probably be killed on the street. Ladies and gentlemen, please don’t idolize sloppy technique.

Having said that, this video is fun to watch and a great reminder of why you should keep your guard up at all times.

Politics in the Classroom

I am deeply troubled and saddened by the posts I see from some of my fellow martial artists and public school teachers promoting their political views in a mean and hateful way all over social media. This is in direct conflict to what we, as educators, profess to teach on the classroom floor.

As martial arts instructors, you teach respect and courtesy on the mat, then turn it around and promote hate on Facebook?

As public school educators, you teach inclusion and anti-bullying in the classroom, then tell the world how much you hate the administration or a particular party?

This is a clear lack of integrity in the textbook sense of the word.

INTEGRITY: the quality of being whole or undivided, honesty, purity – a person has integrity when their thoughts, words, and deeds are completely whole in every situation.

ANTONYMS: incompleteness, dishonesty, deceit – a person lacks integrity when their words and actions are divergent or they act differently when in different situations.

To teach love and respect in the classroom, then preach hate and disguise it as social justice and activism in social media shows two faces. Don’t think that your students and their parents won’t see right through it.

I love and respect all humanity, both sides of the aisle. I do have strong opinions about topics such as the economy, environment, war, relationships with other nations, taxes, social justice, and more. What I promise I will never do is allow my opinions to influence my teaching or bring politics into my classroom. That does a disservice to students, detracts from the value of real learning, and degrades your ability to be effective as a teacher.

To be crystal clear here, I did not vote for Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton, or Mr. Trump, so I am not disguising this post as way to show sympathy for the administration. You simply will not find me posting hateful rhetoric ,or ‘liking and sharing’ any of it either.

From a business standpoint, allowing your political ideology to be present in the martial arts classroom drives student away who don’t believe the same as you. While public school teachers may not care as much, since you have a captive audience, you should always be aware that your primary focus is to teach and remain professional at all times, not to impress your own political agenda on the next generation.

So, what’s the solution? If you have strong political views and feel the need to cover the internet with them, be very careful who is in your friends list and how your privacy settings are managed. Make sure people cannot share your posts with those you wouldn’t want reading them. Stick to your lesson plans and keep your opinions out, unless you are teaching a political science class or conducting a debate.

If you feel the need to make a public statement, I fully support that. Do it where it does the most good. Write your congressperson. Donate to a cause. Join a political action group. Get out on the street and make your voice heard at a meaningful, legal, and non-violent protest.

Of course, if it is your desire to share your views with the entire world and sway as many people as possible to your cause, then I would suggest you are naive in that pursuit. Very little can be done in a meaningful way from the cheap seat behind the laptop.

As always, you are welcome to disagree with me or unfriend me. You have that freedom.

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Black Belt Test Date Moved

MRBBA is very excited to announce that our December Black Belt test has been moved to Friday the 16th at 5pm to accommodate adding two new candidates from Sabum-Nim TKD in Portsmouth.

All certified black belts, of all ages, currently training or inactive, are welcome and encouraged to join us for the exam and be part of our judging panel. Your experience, opinions, and critique are much appreciated. Refreshments for the judges will be provided.

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Wax on. Wax off.

Martial arts tip of the day.

Since 1984 we have been using the phrase “Wax on. Wax off.” from the original karate kid movie as a joke for soooooo many reasons. Few kids today would understand the joke, and few of the people using it would understand that the techniques Mr. Miyagi was teaching Daniel were actually sound, practical beginner level movements.

The real lesson behind what Mr. Miyagi was teaching Daniel is that karate (or TaeKwonDo, or KungFu, etc.) can found in everyday tasks. The more modern Karate Kid movie, 2010, explained it plainly, “Kung Fu lives in everything we do.”

Where can you find martial arts in your everyday movement? Think about it, and when you do, practice the movement 10 times while imagining that you are using it for self-defense. This is known as ‘being mindful and purposeful’ in your everyday movements. Most of all, have fun and use your creativity.

Transformation

Transformation is what it’s all about. I founded each of my companies on the idea that I could help people transform their lives and business. Now, it’s time for all these websites to transform as well. MattRandall.com is now “The Matt Randall Companies” combining almost all of the formerly separate websites into ‘The one site to rule them all’. (Sorry, I had to slip that in)

360-logo-for-slideshowWhether you need business services such as coaching, consulting, marketing, leadership training, sales training, goal setting, financial planning, team building, or something else…

Or, maybe you need personal services such as life coaching, fitness, leadership training, public speaking, self-defense skills, nutrition counseling, skin care consultation, advice on starting a business…

The Matt Randall family of companies, supported by an extensive network of professionals, can either provide or find what you need. It’s a 360 approach to making sure you have the resources to become the best leader you can be, at home and work.

Check out the new site. Poke around. And, please leave some comments.