Master Forrest G. Blair

Student to Instructor: The Evolution

Student to Instructor: The Evolution

One of the identifying marks of a Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan USA instructor is that he or she knows how to teach. We spend the last developmental stage of red-belt training learning how to be an instructor – demonstrating our knowledge of the basic principles of our style as a reference point for transmitting information intact and without error. We... 

October 17, 2010 | Continue reading »

What is a Leader?

What is a Leader?

Leaders have to learn to stand alone, but can never do so if they don’t love enough. So, you want the prestige of being a leader? Let’s define the concept, shall we? The first lesson is the lesson of vision. What are your goals? What is your spiritual incentive? Is that incentive strong enough to the purpose and true to the objective? This... 

April 30, 2008 | Continue reading »

Martial Arts Magic

Martial Arts Magic

Many of the movements in well-performed martial arts are optical illusions. That means they are misleading images that deceive visual perception of size, shape, and motion. This occurs because the human eye has a tendency to not see the entire sequence of a technique but only the most conspicuous component. This lack of vision will not note efficiency... 

April 1, 2008 | Continue reading »

Love/Hate…Yin/Yang

Love/Hate…Yin/Yang

Love/hate relationships…yup! Seems to be the story of my life these days. Yin/yang is the order of this third dimensional existence! Love it – because the only guarantee is one day we will all leave it. I have not written in a while…major testing for students at my school. I love the results, but hate the process. Our policy is to... 

March 19, 2008 | Continue reading »

Self-Protection: Are you really reaching your students?

Self-Protection: Are you really reaching your students?

You see it in the news every day. People – men, women, and children – are getting attacked along with robberies, rapes, kidnappings, car-jackings, and muggings. Face it! There are some scary, freaky people out in the world today. We all realize that it is time to become more aware of these situations and our potential to be a part of it... 

February 28, 2008 | Continue reading »

Martial Arts Masters

Martial Arts Masters

I’m going to start a controversy! My master said something to me years ago and I will share his pearl of wisdom: There are three types of martial arts masters. The first has thoroughly trained and by the process conforms movements and ideas to the reality of physics and physiology throughout the embodiment of technique execution. The second has... 

February 4, 2008 | Continue reading »

The Master Instructor’s Garden

The Master Instructor’s Garden

The following is a reprint, but a wonderful article about the plight of the martial arts instructor. I published it years ago and then again in our July 2007 newsletter at Moo Duk Kwan Martial Arts: To the casual observer, martial arts classes resemble a common activity like baseball practice or ballet lessons. The student does the prescribed drills... 

January 14, 2008 | Continue reading »