July 3, 2017
Young woman in red karate pants throws a high side kick at tournament

The Karate Boost: Why Martial Arts is Good for Kids

It’s summer. Kids are either bored out of their minds or bouncing off the rafters. There’s no in between. Except in karate. When it comes to […]
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
Judges MEP-8726

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 […]