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October 4, 2018
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Martial Arts Mastery: Grandmaster Stephen Oliver

Depending on how long you’ve been training, you may have had a brush with 9th-degree Black Belt Grandmaster Stephen Oliver. At a Black Belt Spectacular, a […]
September 28, 2018
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Karate Instructors under the Gun: Black Belt Testing

About two years ago I had the amazing opportunity to see Ripple Effect Martial Art’s founder and Master Instructor compete to earn his 5th-degree Black Belt. […]
September 6, 2018
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Black Belt Progress? Not an Oxymoron.

Last month about 60 Black Belts from Ripple Effect Martial Arts and Mile High Karate gathered in Johnstown, Colorado for a Black Belt Progress test. It […]
August 31, 2018
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What’s the REAL Value of the Martial Arts?

Whether you send your kids to public school, private school, or an internationally renowned boarding school, you’re paying (with your taxes or your wallet) for something […]
August 21, 2018
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Breaking Through: Five Years of Ripple Effect Martial Arts

It’s a little hard to believe that today, August 20, marks five years–the “Wood” anniversary–of Ripple Effect Martial Arts. We’ve gone from one school to three. […]
August 5, 2018
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Back to School: Why Martial Artists Stay Ahead of the Game

Today I ran into a college professor slash Dad I know on a walk around the neighborhood. He has a daughter heading to middle school this […]
June 12, 2018
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Hitting the Links: How Martial Artists Give Back

Master Macy, our Master Instructor, works to create a more immersive, excellent karate experience, and he does it practically all day long (he sleeps a few […]
May 24, 2018
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When Moms Hit the Mats: The Power of Karate Parenting

Moms. They deserve all the respect in the world. They get but a fraction. Karate moms? They get a wee bit more. There’s a few reasons […]
April 26, 2018
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Your Unsung Karate Hero’s about to Test for 3rd Degree

Everybody knows Mr. Worth. But you might not know much about him, when you think about it. He’s not exactly a talker. Certainly not a braggart. […]
April 21, 2018
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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 […]