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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. 

The Carrot and the Stick

Posted: July 03, 2015

Some people are motivated by the carrot. Some are motivated by the stick. Which type are you?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, because of a certain little strong willed boy nearing the age of five years old. He’s a joy, and lots of fun, but man, does he challenge you. Perhaps it’s God’s sense of humor for all those times I …. 

First of all, let me say I think I’ve used positive reinforcement very effectively in my life. It’s worked with hundreds, possibly even a thousand Karate Kids over the last 30 years. 

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