2nd-degree black belt and Ripple Effect Martial Arts instructor Mr Ben Stott gets personal on his own Black Belt journey. He talks about what it’s like to train as a family, how he got a feel for karate as a (once) “unathletic” white belt, sparring against other styles, and how he gained confidence through the martial arts. And Cobra Kai. And historic Cameros. Dive in!
Mr Joel Thompson is a 3rd-degree Black Belt under the Jhoon Rhee system of American Freestyle Taekwondo. He’s also a college student studying education, and a self-taught drummer and musician. We talk about what it was like to grow up with marital arts, the lineage of Grandmaster Rhee, and what to do if you burst into tears on the karate tournament floor.
What’s the value of strength, respect and focus for kids? Just ask a teacher. Ms Liz Davenport, a 2nd-degree Black Belt with an academic and professional background in elementary school education, shares perspectives on what it means to train, teach and parent in the martial arts.
Episode 1 of the Ripple Effect Martial Arts Podcast features Devin Arkfeld of Denver, Colorado, a 5th-degree black belt in the Jhoon Rhee style of Tae Kwon Do. Mr Arkfeld talks about what it means to earn a black belt, teaching martial arts to kids, nunchaku competition, and his own martial arts inspirations.