As adults or parents, we face an unlimited amount of choices for our hobbies, extra-curricular activities or exercise programs – and they are all fighting over our most precious asset – time.

CrossFit, the gym, yoga, body-sculpting classes, Jazzercise (for those of you old enough to remember it), dance lessons, art lessons, gymnastics, hockey, soccer, football, baseball, lacrosse, wrestling, even pole dancing classes – whatever THOSE are – the list is endless…

With so many choices, so little time, and the understanding that we simply must get the biggest payoff for our investment of time, how do you choose which program is the best for yourself or your family?

I know I would want one that was fun, kept me interested by always varying the activity, that always pushed me to get better, easy for me to see my progress or growth and – most importantly, helped me to strengthen my “inner health” – my mental and emotional muscles – as well as my “outer health” – what the doctor can measure or I can see in the mirror.

Personalized martial arts training delivers on all of these aspects, especially in strengthening your “inner health”.

A great martial arts program will teach you to protect yourself, but – more importantly – it will show you how to take the principles of the martial arts and apply them to every aspect of your life, allowing you to be a “Black Belt” as a person, not just someone that rolls around or punches and kicks barefoot in a pair of pajamas.

There’s a saying, “You can only be as good on the outside as you are on the inside.” A good martial arts program, using martial arts training, teaches you how to work on your self-image and how you feel and think about yourself.

For example, let’s say you are a busy professional in an international finance company and you have been recently promoted to National Finance Director.  Your areas of responsibility are behind quota, you are over budget, your predecessor was dumped unceremoniously and left you no information how anything got into this condition.

And you have to make a presentation to the Board of Directors about how you are going to fix it.  Tomorrow.

Now you may be saying to yourself, “Self, what does this have to do with karate, kung fu or jiu jitsu?”


Before you were training, you probably would have gotten intimidated and anxious, trying to figure out just how you were going to pull this off without puking on the Board of Directors.  But since you have been training in the martial arts, things have changed.

What’s changed?  Because of your training in a good school, you have been challenged and held to a higher standard than you thought you could achieve.

Your Instructor has pushed you to be your best every single day he saw you.  He’s helped you set goals and kept you accountable, on time and with no excuses.  He’s called you when you missed your class and hounded you until you showed up to work out.

You have been challenged to always perform at your best, and proven to yourself that you can.  If you are this executive, you know you are going to hit a home run with the Board of Directors.

I personally remember working with a young woman who probably weighed 98 lbs. soaking wet with her shoes on.  She had been in an abusive relationship and after getting out of it, she joined our school to gain confidence.

What I remember most about her was her being in classes telling me, “I can’t do this many push-ups” or “I’m not strong enough to do this”.  Mentally and emotionally, she was still “stuck” in the bad relationship; she didn’t believe she was good enough or strong enough.  I knew otherwise.

During her training sessions, every time she said she couldn’t do something I stood there with my arms crossed, smiling, and I told her, “Don’t tell me what you can and can’t do; I KNOW what you are capable of doing and I’m not letting you do any less.”

She sucked it up – and she did it.

It was a pleasure to watch her grow and get stronger physically and mentally.  She learned that she was much stronger and much more capable of doing things than she thought.

With a personalized martial arts program, you will be pushed to be better, stronger and faster than you think you can be.  You will be taught how to perform under pressure.  You will learn that it is your mental fitness that is you best weapon in self defense.

After training in the martial arts, you are going to feel better about yourself and confident that you can handle yourself physically and emotionally.  Personalized martial arts instruction is going to teach you that true self defense starts on the inside; control over one’s emotions and self image.

Personalized martial arts instruction is THE #1 activity you can do to strengthen yourself from the inside out.  No other activity even comes close.

To find out for yourself just how powerful personalized martial arts instruction can be, follow this link for a personalized martial arts course.

Yours in the arts,


P.S. – Follow this link if you want to discover for yourself the power of personalized martial arts instruction.

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  1. Mike Kloby
    Nov 14, 2010 @ 23:31:56

    Having had 3 recent knee replacements I have had a hard time with other scools in wprking around this disability. How will your scool be any different when it comes to working my way through the ranks. I am really looking forward to getting bsck to my pre-surgery conditioning.


    • admin
      Dec 08, 2010 @ 09:24:56

      Hello Mike,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      We are different – and we will work around your injury – by first putting you through a personal evaluation and interview to determine what you can and cannot do. From there, we will design a program that will work for you based on your physical abilities.

      More importantly, if we discover that we can’t help you or customize our program sufficiently to get you the results you desire, we will inform you and do our best to find a workout program that WILL help you.

      Please go to, find the location nearest you, contact them and let them know we have communicated and what you are looking for – they will take it from there.

      Looking forward to hearing about your progress,

      Sensei H


  2. Aeryn
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 18:25:09

    Have been in Martial Arts for several years and have autism with dyslexia .
    Got the bug in the military and learned Karate-do in Okinawa.
    After a hiatus of many years I was informed by the VA that my being was grossly obese. Had to go to a gym and show a loss weight by the end of the month or go on drug therapy .

    The thought of going to a gym and to pay people to have machines doing all the work while my mind vegitate was not appetizing.
    I enjoyed Martial Arts in the Military, so I scoured the area for a dojo that one would excel and not fault my disabilities.

    A dojo was located, it had a blend of styles of non-traditional American Karate called San Shin Kai [3 power society].
    This system was founded upon the traditional Isshinryu,Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Jujitsu. it is also influenced by a wide range of Martial arts.
    This style is a way or method that can enhance one’s effectiveness.
    At the heart of this method is the belief that every great technique contains a balance of mental, physical and spiritual forces.

    Have enjoyed being with them for several years and had advanced to 2nd Brown.
    The dojo was in a gymnastic arena where for the most part taught children how to do gymnastics.
    The dojo was tucked way in a corner with its own entrance.
    One Saturday after noon I was informed that I could no longer come.
    we are afraid what people might think of you being here and we’re afraid they might think you might do something to the kids.
    Needless to say I was shocked!
    As a parting gift was given several videos, since I was so close to shodan and a pair of nun-chucks.

    Hurt deeply by the dismissal, my doctor said,
    ‘It wasn’t your fault, they did not understand or wanted to understand autism and were afraid
    of you because of it.

    Still practise almost every day for an hour or more on that which have been taught.
    Seeking for another dojo that excels in the above and chanced upon your site this evening on the net.
    It, indeed looks promising!


    • admin
      Dec 08, 2010 @ 09:28:00

      Hello Aeryn,

      If you haven’t done so yet, go to, find a location near you and contact them.

      Before they accept you as a student – and before YOU accept THEM – they will have you go through an evaluation to make sure you are comfortable with our program and it fits what you are looking for. They will also be evaluating you and how they can customize their program to fit your needs and desires, also taking into account your previous experience.

      Let me know how things go.

      Sensei H


  3. Donald Francis
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 13:20:29

    This was a great read. I agree martial arts is much better than other sporting activities for sheer strength, stamina and focus. I cited this post on my site, because I had to share it with more people. Thanks again, Don


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