Mark Brady

April 21, 2018
Students in karate uniforms do hundreds of push ups at Black Belt test

Black Belt Prep: How Martial Arts Tests and Trains You for Life

You’ve heard of Boot Camp, right? (The Army version, not the trademarked workout routine.) Recruits go through a kind of hell (the Navy SEALs’ version is […]
March 23, 2018
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The Tournament Scene: Why White and Gold Belts Should Wanna Jump Aboard

Karate tournaments. They’re crazy, right? I mean isn’t that where you go to get crane-kicked in the face or swept in the leg? You leave battered […]
February 25, 2018
A karate instructor in a front stance holds a board as a student tries to break it with a side kick.

Inspiring Students through a Career in the Martial Arts

Mr. Ricardo “Ricky” Garcia, a third-degree Black Belt through Mile High Karate in Westminster, Colorado, recently took the reins as Head Instructor for Ripple Effect Martial […]
February 18, 2018
A woman in full sparring gear prepares to fight with her fists up.

Self-Defense: How Martial Arts Can Help You Feel Safe, Stay Safe

Meet Jen. She’s a marital artist, on the cusp of earning her black belt (test weekend: April 27-29). Jen’s also on a mission to help women, […]
January 12, 2018
Karate instructors and students pose cheering

VIP: Martial Arts Proves that Vast Initiatives (can) Prevail.

Tonight, at a sparring class in Fort Collins, a dad asked me if his son (a brown belt) could attend classes at the new Johnstown location. […]
December 21, 2017
Karate students visit fire station at Christmas to give out cookies

The Giving Spirit

Martial arts makes a lot out of giving back. Ripple Effect upper belts are always helping lower belts learn curriculum. Our schools’ fundraising efforts this year […]
December 12, 2017
Three karate students throw punches from a deep horse stance.

What Martial Arts Teaches about Digging Deep

Tonight in Black Belt class Mr. Robinson stopped the Conditionals mid-way through a form. Not just any form. but Jhoon Rhee’s “Might for Right” (to the […]
November 23, 2017
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Leadership and Gratitude: How Martial Arts Got Me Back in the Game

Parents are always trying to get their kids out of the house. And karate’s pretty handy in that regard. Exercise? Check. Safe environment? Check. Challenges, discipline, […]
November 16, 2017
Kickboxer Justin Ortiz poses with Team Paul Mitchell and Century logos

“Karate’s in my Blood”: An Interview with Justin Ortiz

Kickboxer, point fighter, and member of the esteemed Team Paul Mitchell Karate, Mr. Justin Ortiz has taken top honors in virtually every sport karate tournament worldwide. […]
October 13, 2017
A Black Belt instructor performs a split kick on stage

Welcome to a Black Tie Event

Tonight, Friday the 13th of October (yes, for real), is the Fall Black Belt Spectacular. If you’ve been to one of these before, you know a […]