Martial Arts,Part of your Life!

The Martial Arts offers you a chance to work with the perfect exercise machine, the human body. and if done the right way it can be a moving meditation. The Martial Arts should be a part of your life. It offers so much.

I love this from Masami Tsuruoka as he is talking about Kata but I feel it should apply to both Karate and Life. “Every thing is about feeling.  About feeling in your stomach. About intensity. Without feeling, there is no karate. Without commitment to the motions, there is nothing. People who only learn the mechanics are just exercising, there is no martial art in what they do. It is nothing unless you risk everything–unless the feeling that you might die is present in every motion. For this, there is no shortcuts.”

It has been my lesson to learn that in Life, as in the Dojo, the shortcuts are not worth taking. Martial Arts,a part of my life. Make it a part of yours.

Sahgeen (love and respect) and Namaste!


New Year, New You!

A New Year with the opportunity for a “New You!”  I am not talking about anything changing here but your awareness of  “YOU”. Are you aware of how amazing “YOU” are? It is so easy to find fault with yourself but I have noticed that people find it hard to see how amazing they really are. Go ahead and try to give someone a compliment and see what their reaction is. Now give yourself a compliment and feel your reaction.

What does this have to do with Kabox or Phoenix Martial Arts? A lot, because a big part of both for me, as an instructor, is about getting people to really enjoy what they are becoming. I have the gift of watching children and adults change on a daily basis with each training session. Body, Mind and Spirit change each time you train. When you are done there is a “New You” that emerges.

In this New Year, allow yourself to feel the changes in the “New You!”

Sahgeen and Namaste

Happy New Year!

And what a great New Year it is!!! New students in the Dojo and new energy for “beginners” mind.

Welcome 2011 with all of your opportunities and possibilities! It is training time!


It’s Training Time!

Chances are if you are reading this, you either have an interest in the Martial Arts or you are a Martial Artist in training. Either way I say “It’s Training Time!” If you have been thinking about it for awhile it is time to start. Give yourself the gift that keeps on giving.

If you are currently training in the Martial Arts I say “It’s training time…all the time!”  Give yourself the gift of knowing that you are training all the time, not just on the Dojo floor when you are in your uniform.

As Martial Artists we train for more than self-defense techniques. We are training for improved health, better body fitness, and clarity of mind.

“It’s training time!”

Phoenix Continues to Rise!

It was my pleasure and my honor to attend The 23rd Annual 2010 Global Leadership Conference & U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Conference Weekend on November 12-14. It was wonderful to see old friends and make new ones from the United States and around the world.

Missing from this years event was the physical presence of Dr. Marty Manuel but his Spirit was alive and well represented by his students. A great Martial Artist,Sensei and Man. You are missed my Brother in the Martial Arts.

My thanks to Dr. Tom LeBrun for nominating me for The Diamond Crystal Award of Spirit and to Grandmaster John Kanzler for inducting Alan McGraw with the Outstanding achievement Award.

It was also my pleasure and honor to present a Kabox seminar to my fellow Martial Arts colleagues.My proudest moment came when Soke Kanzler announced Phoenix Martial Arts System at the banquet dinner that evening as he presented me with my Award.

A special thank you to my students. Because of you the Phoenix continues to rise!

I love what I do!

I love what I do. Teaching Martial Arts and Kabox. Working one on one with clients on their wellness. It is  rewarding and fun all over again. 

To be able to help children and adults discover what they can do is a passion of mine. We get so caught up in our limitations that we forget that we have the power to make things happen in our lives. I have students that teach me all the time that limitations are just challenges to overcome.

Thank youDon, Betsy, Ben, Allen  and all of my clients and students. You inspire me and help me to love what I do.



On Oct. 23rd at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland, Aimee DeRoehn and myself will be combining Yoga and Martial Arts in a seminar that we call BRINGING THE POWER. SELF DEFENSE meets KABOX meets POWER YOGA and we as instructors take you on a Body,Mind,Spirit adventure that will empower you from the inside/out. Come join us from 1:30 to 5:00. This seminar is open to all Martial Artists, Yogis, and non-practitioners of either ages 13 and above. Pre-registration is preferred. Cost of the seminar is $45.00 pre./$ 55.00 at the door.

To learn more about Aimee DeRoehn visit

And to learn more about Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center visit

For more info please call me at 802-379-1296  or call Aimee or the Pyramid at the phone numbers that you will find at their websites.


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