The Phoenix Is Rising!

Chinese surgeon Hua To (A.D. 190-265) studied the movements of the tiger, bear, monkey, deer, and the bird and transformed them into excercises. Other animals that are copied in the Martial Arts for fighting purposes are the crane, eagle, leopard, mantis, cat and the ever painful when done the right way, horse stance. Dragon and the phoenix eye fist are present as well. The punch is referred to as the rams head and a back kick is called mule kick in certain styles. And while in Pittsburgh this year for the Black belt Hall of Fame induction weekend, I was fortunate enough to witness the Lion dance ceremony.

Phoenix Martial Arts System is adopting totem Animals of its own for the essence that lies behind them.

 The Phoenix  is symbolic of change as it is constantly consumed by the fire only to rise from the ashes reborn. This is also akin to the martial Arts saying,”Get knocked down 7 times but get up 8 times.”

The Bear is a symbol of awakening the power of the unconscious. Go inside and awaken the potentials inherent. Trust yourself and spend time in introspection.

The Deer for us is associated with gentleness but also with a ferociousness in battle when cornered that is unsuspected. There are stories of hunters being attacked by deer that they thought they had killed but in actuality they only wounded. The hunter quickly becomes the victim.

The Hawk symbolizes guardianship and visionary power. They are the protectors. And their sharp talons and beak can rip and tear into an adversary.

The Mountain Lion symbolizes leadership. And the Mountain Lion also is decisive in the use of personal power. “When it attacks it does not hesitate.”

The Wolf is the pathfinder and/or teacher. But Wolf  also symbolizes guardianship, loyalty, and ritual.

So with in the Phoenix Martial Arts there are elements of  change and growth. Introspective time to learn who and what you all about. Protection of yourself and others. Leadership is a key factor as well as being decisive and discovering your personal power. Loyalty  and honor  your self and others!!!

So there are the five animals of the Phoenix and what they represent.  The Phoenix is rising.


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!”

Karate (kah rah tay not kah rah tee)

The word karate is translated as “empty hand” . The Karate practitioner holds no weapons in his hand. In the Phoenix bow we open our hands to show that our hands are empty. Open hands also indicates that you are open to learning as I am open to sharing my knowledge with you. And as I teach I learn.

I invite you to join me on this KARATE path! Let’s begin. You pronounce karate (kah rah tay).

Karate: To do or not to do?

I am always amazed at how those who do not do Martial Arts or understand the true principle of the Martial Arts can make judgements about the Martial Arts being a negative influence or a waste of time. Well here I go on my Martial Arts soap box.

“Training in a martial art means disciplining not just the body but the mind and the spirit as well. The martial arts are rooted in honor ,respect, and the commitment to peace. True martial artists are compassionate people who use their skills only to protect themselves or those they love.” Now this is why I train in the Martial Arts and this is why I teach the Martial Arts and these principles are what I teach my students.

Studying a Martial Art is a great way to get exercise, learn concentration, improve your focus, and learn self-defense. And when it comes to self-defense I firmly believe that “it is better to know it and not need it than to need it and not know it”.

Greatest of all reasons for doing a Martial Art is that it “is a way to learn respect for yourself and respect for others.

Karate: To do or not to do? For me it is Karate-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.


I’m Baaack! And it is about time.

Took some time to renew my Spirit. I wasn’t even planning on it, it just happened. Started training with a different attitude this week and it is wonderful. Training for me again and it is allowing me to train others better. As a teacher I was putting out but not doing for me. Don’t get me wrong I love teaching. And now I have fallen in love with it all over again.

So for now I am committing to a year of pushing myself to a total makeover in Body,Mind,and Spirit. Starting with a two month Kick-myself- in-the-a**- bootcamp. And then it will be ten months of “Let’s see where we can go in a year”. Why? Because I choose to. I am liking the results already. Challenging myself is allowing to challenge others more effectively. Come along for the ride and challenge yourself , if you choose too.


Phoenix as “Family”.

One definition of family in the American Heritage College Dictionary is “Two or more people who share  goals and values, and have commitments to one another…”. It is my hope that Karateka or students ,of the Phoenix Martial Arts System, think of themselves as a member of the “Family”. The common goals are to live the Warriors code and help each other to grow in body,mind and spirit. And like a “family” ,where there may be disagreements amongst ourselves, we come together in times of need. Also like a family ,if someone “attacks” a member of the family, we come together to protect that person.

We value each person and what they have to offer and we are committed to the betterment of ourselves and the world. And, as Mahatma Ghandi put it,We are willing  to “…be the change we wish to see in the world”.

Lofty goals ,I admit, and yet I know we can be a family. The Phoenix Martial Arts Family