What is a karate belt anyway?

Karate students generally wear their belts with pride, but what does it actually mean? If you ask the public, the only belt they seem to know is black, which means you are an expert, brown, which means you are almost an expert and white, which means you are anything but an expert. So with all this in mind, why do we even need all the belts in between? Read More …

RIP Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher found that despite her many years in politics, she had few friends in the Conservative Party at the end of her term in office. There were tears on the steps of Downing Street, but there were also tears from those that had lost loved ones in the Falklands, not to mention the the unemployed miners. Now she is gone, most of us can think of a few reasons why we should have been a little more thankful. Read More …

Is karate a realistic solution to bullying?

I wrote this short article to share my own experiences in dealing with an issue which many people face every day. Bullying can take a variety of forms and if allowed to go unchecked can lead to long term mental health issues and even tragedy. It is a problem that requires immediate action and can be difficult to address, because it often takes place in the shadows away from the gaze of those who could prevent it. Read More …