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Chris Dewey is a university professor and martial artist. He holds Black Belt ranks in Judo, Jujitsu, Taekwondo and Hapkido, and has been training for more than 30 years. He is the owner of the Starkville Martial Arts Academy and is Chair of the United States Judo Association Coaching Education Committee

Black-Belt Tests, Part 2

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As I explained in Part 1 of this multi-part column, our Black­ Belt tests are very large rank-requirement classes filled with students from Green through Black Belt. There is much hard work, fun and sweat during our Black Belt tests. The tests take an entire evening, but they are not rigid, discipline-driven events; and they ...

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Black-Belt Tests, Part 1

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When I promote students to Black Belt, I want them to feel enriched, excited, nurtured and worthy. Black Belt tests should be a celebration of victory, not a journey into the unknown reaches of physical exertion, some mystical event that isn’t to be discussed in the dojo, or even an opportunity for the grading board ...

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Are You a Leader or Manager?

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Have you ever wondered if you are a manager or a leader? Or are you perhaps a bit of both? Was General Patton a great leader or a phenomenal manager of his resources? Or was Patton a resource that was used effectively by his superiors? In order to ponder these questions, let’s look at the ...

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The Other Side of Strategy

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  Last month, I told you how I moved away from the deck. This month, I want to take the role of devil’s advocate: How can I return to the deck again?   If you’ve ever read Michael Gerber’s business book, The E-Myth, then you know that most of us who opened martial arts schools ...

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Conditions of Learning, Part 2

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This month, I want to continue my presentation of the Conditions of Learning by focusing on goal setting as it relates to teaching. Most of us think that we have a rather good notion of how to engage in goal setting. After all, we reached Black Belt and beyond, and we run our businesses successfully. ...

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