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Boot Camp Works!

Posted: August 05, 2015

We had an amazing thing happen Monday night in Boot Camp: Thirty people showed up! That was just awesome. I’m grateful to everyone that participates, and to God for the opportunity to work with em. 

But 30 people? Wow. It sure makes for an exciting class, but from a sheer numbers standpoint, it’s changed how we have to do things. I’ve had people ask me how you can have a class that big, and still give em all a good workout. 

To steal a line from one of the national shipping companies, “it’s logistics, baby!” We’ve kind of been preparing for it for the last couple of years, by increasing our capacity to handle such a large group, and just getting more stuff. 


My New Theory: It’s All Relative!

Posted: July 30, 2015

We’re moving into the hottest part of the summer now. The temperature is pushing 90 degrees, but we have to remember, this would be considered cool for some people. It’s all relative. 

I was just at a clinic taught by an instructor from Arizona. They’re up over 100 degrees all the time, and have even had 115 degree stretches. It’s all relative. 

We feel the same way in the winter, don’t we? When it gets down around zero, we’re thinking “Wow, this is cold!” But for the people up in Minnesota and North Dakota, that would be quite a break from their normal sub-zero temperatures. It’s all relative. 


Too Much Honey?

Posted: July 24, 2015

I was talking with a farmer the other day while we were watching the kids in gymnastics class. He was there for his grandchild and I was there with my son. We started talking about all the rain we’d been having.  While this is a common topic for situations like this, you know we all kind of listen with one ear sometimes. But something got through, and I had to stop him and say “Wait a minute, what was that you said?”

Now you have to understand, I’ve been a “City Boy” for most of my life. When my wife told me that if you chop the head off a chicken, it’ll run around in circles, it took me 15 years before I believed her. 


Do You Like Honey?

Posted: July 24, 2015

I was talking with a farmer the other day while we were watching the kids in gymnastics class. He was there for his grandkids and I was there with my son. We started talking about all the rain we’d been having.

While this is a common topic for situations like this, you know we all kind of listen with one ear sometimes. But something got through, and I had to stop him and say “Wait a minute, what was that you said?”

Now you have to understand, I’ve been a “City Boy” for most of my life. When my wife told me that if you chop the head off a chicken, it’ll run around in circles, it took me 15 years before I believed her. 


The Light’s Still On In Little Rock

Posted: July 16, 2015

I’ve written lots of articles over the years, but this is the first time I’ve ever written one from Little Rock, Arkansas! I remember the first time I traveled here in the summer of 1984. I’d joined the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) in 1983, and was excited about going to compete with other Blue Belts in my first national competition.

We always had five Regional Taekwondo Tournaments a year, along with Spring Nationals in Las Vegas, and Fall Nationals at Disney in Orlando, FL. But the biggest one was held every summer in Little Rock, called Grand Nationals. It was the end of the year for people competing for National Championships, and also the start of the new tournament year. 

Once I became a Black Belt, we worked to accumulate points during the year. If you had enough of them, you got to compete in the Top 10 from around the country (and later, the world) for first place. In those days, the winner was a National Champion, but later, when South America, Canada, Europe, and Korea got involved, it became a world title. 


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