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Douglas Adamson teaches Shorei Kai (an Americanized Okinawan karate system), Yamani Ryu, a classical Okinawan weapons system, and Pikiti Tirsha, a classical kali system. He can be contacted through NAPMA.com.

The ABCs of Your Class

ClassicalThought

You became a martial arts instructor because you believed in a personal philosophy or vision. Your grandfather, aunts, uncles and parents didn’t push you into this career. If your relatives and friends did, then your experience is unique. Most of us believed in “something” that we wanted to pass to a younger generation. Some of ...

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Learn From Your Students

ClassicalThought

What I have learned during more than 30 years of teaching is the value of paying close attention to my students, with an eye toward learning from them. If you keep your eyes open, then you will invariably have that occasional situation that will cause you to pause and reflect on what you just experienced ...

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Black Belt Testing

ClassicalThought

At our school, we just finished a black belt test with 48 students, of whom five were testing for 2nd degree and 43 were testing for 1st degree. The group included a number of children nine years of age and older (testing to junior black belt) and a number of adults who ranged from in ...

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