June 12, 2017
Two women practice self-defense techniques.

Getting in the Door: Why Karate’s So Good for Adults

Adults: Have you hit one of the evening (or Saturday morning) karate classes yet? No??? You’re missing out. Whether you’re in high school, college, in your […]
June 2, 2017
taekwondo brown belt throws a perfect roundkick

Hitting Your Mark, in Movies and the Martial Arts

Exercising Discipline on Set Last month (May 2017) we were talking about discipline, both as a noun (“training that corrects, molds, or perfects a person’s physical body, […]
May 17, 2017

Grandmasters Jeff Smith and Mark Glazier on Training, Teaching, and Building a Martial Arts Career

Master/student relationships are legendary in the martial arts. We were honored to welcome 10th degree black belt Grandmaster Jeff Smith and one of his students, Grandmaster […]
April 15, 2017
Future Black Belts

Black Belt Immersion: It Starts from Day One

In the six months before their test for black belt, Ripple Effect Martial Arts students undergo a battery of training exercises known as “Prep Cycle.” Most […]
April 3, 2017
Day 3 of the Black Belt Test

How to Help Your Martial Artists Succeed? Cheer Them on.

When we applaud a performer, we pat him on the back from a distance.” Desmond Morris Martial arts training is an endurance test, marathon upon marathon […]
March 26, 2017
Sparring MEP-8409

Karate without the Kid: Martial Arts for Adults

Ripple Effect Martial Arts just released its updated schedule of karate classes for Spring 2017. Not much has changed or shifted. But discerning eyes will note […]
March 19, 2017
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Your Voice in Karate: Commanding Attention with a Shout

Aside from joining along in a classic Tears for Fears song or yelling at your kid not to bolt across a busy street, you don’t have much […]
March 12, 2017
Fun, excitement, preparation. It's tournament time.

Tournaments: When (and Why) Should I Compete?

White belts and gold belts (and parents of white and gold belts) often ask, “why would we go to a karate tournament?” After all, it’s a […]
March 5, 2017
On a (volunteer) mission to black belt

Volunteering for Black Belt: Why Service Matters in the Martial Arts

There is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. Booker T. Washington Becoming a black belt involves more than just super-cool […]
February 24, 2017
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Black Belt Training: A Holistic Approach

The coolest part about teaching [martial arts] is when I’m prepping a team of advanced students and I start to see integration at work. It’s like […]