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Jun 15

Summer Black Belt Reading Program

By Master Art Mason | News

Reading Program Black Belt

Back a few years ago we held a Black Belt reading program in our school to encourage both kids an adults to READ. Completion of each book entitled the participant to a bookmark that represented a rank in martial arts!

Now we had many participants who achieved various bookmark ranks. Well this summer, starting on July 1st and going to Labour Day we are going to do it again! Now many students who participated in this event can continue where they left off if they wish, or they can begin again at white belt!

Very shortly a letter will go out to all students with all the details!!

Watch for it!

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May 29

Awesome Testing!

By Master Art Mason | News

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I would like to take a moment and comment on what a great grading / testing was conducted yesterday at our school in Windsor. It was a small grading, but everyone worked very hard and just did a great job!

The Black Belt grading is fast approaching, and naturally this tends to get more attention. However this is the goal everyone is looking towards.There are many exciting things coming in our school over the next few months. In the post below this one, the Victoria Day Holiday post is a optin for our school newsletter and mailing list. Please consider signing up!

Again congratulations to all the successful graduates yesterday! Keep up the great work!

May 04

The “art” of Learning

By Master Art Mason | News

Man in white kimono and black belt training karate over gray background.

There is an old Zen story of two monks walking through a village after a very heavy rain. As they are walking they see a beautiful woman standing on a corner looking to cross the road. She is wearing a beautiful long dress down to the ground. She is trying to cross the muddy road with all the water on it. The older monks walks over to her, picks her up and carries her across the road There he puts her down and rejoins the younger monk. As they are walking the younger monk is visibly upset, and so after time the older monk asks why….

The younger monk states, “we are monks, we are not allowed to touch a women, yet you picked this woman up and carried her. ” The older monk says, “yes this is correct.” The younger monk again, even more emphatically restates his opinion and concern. The monks is silent for a moment and then states. “yes I picked her up and helped her cross the road, but why are you still carrying her?”

This is how we all are at times, we dwell on things that are just not important. And this is the reason why so many people will “quit” training. “I am no good, I make too many mistakes.” We all makes mistakes, god knows how many I have made in my learning process and still do! There have been countless times I have messed something up on the floor, laughed and just did it again! We are not our mistakes, but they help us grow and learn. Without them, without all our errors, we would not develop and grow.

“The Art of Learning” is the “Art of Learning to Laugh”

, laugh at your mistakes, your screw-ups and even your victories.

Always remember, a Black Belt is just a White Belt who never quit.

Apr 28

BBX – Black Belt Grading 2016

By Master Art Mason | News

Black Belt The date for our BBX 2016 has been set in stone and application will be out very shortly to those who qualify. This is always a very exciting time for the student and the teachers as they prepare for this fantastic day.

Black Belt Testing will be held on Sunday June 26. The doors will be open at 8:30am for candidates to arrive and prepare for their testing. The testing will begin at 9:00am SHARP. There will also be an afternoon of training with a special guess and dear friend of the school Shihan Norm Rivard who will be conducting a ground fighting workshop.

For more information, for your application letter please talk to Master Rick during your next class. Master Scott and I wish all those candidates the very best in this next part of the your journey!

Apr 22

Martial Arts and Ego’s

By Master Art Mason | News

Second Degree Black Belt Woman

I have been in martial arts for a very long time now. 32 years this coming fall. It is my life, my path and my way. I have never gone around acting like a tough guy, bragging about fighting, or tournament wins (Yes I have had fights and many tournament wins) because it goes against what I stand for. Leading by example!

Recently I had a comment on one of my video on the school site. It is my son Master Curt doing red belt cane techniques. The “gentleman commented that I seemed to “have a good heart, but what I am teaching could get someone killed, so I better go back to learning something about martial arts.” This is a paraphrase. I replied and he apologized. Normally don’t bother, however this time I did. Why? Because the trend I see is someone will watch a 4 minute video, and because they are such “experts or masters” judge an entire system! If this was isolated I would not care, but I see this massive, envy / jealousy /egotism as a trend in our world in general.

No one has all the answers. I know I don’t. But if you go around with your ego sticking out someone is gonna call you out. If you are a martial artist lead by example. Show people why they should consider taking the martial path.

I know one martial arts teacher who brags his dojo is so tough he has a 95% dropout rate. All he is saying is he is a bad teacher and failure at running a school. The benefits of martial arts training come with time. You are supposed to reach students, not scare them away.

Apr 18

Always a White Belt

By Master Art Mason | News

Hands tightening white belt on a teenage dressed in kimono for martial arts

Do you live in your comfort zone? Most people do! When they think of leaving that zone they are hit by all kinds of anxiety and then return to their easy chair, which is not always easy. It seems today that more and more people are programmed for failure. Why try, it won’t happen anyways is the mantra.

But that is all wrong! The best parts of life comes when you are out of your comfort zone! This is one of the great benefits of training in the martial arts, you have to step out of your comfort zone and expand! Plus, a real martial artist knows he is never truly a master, always a student and accepts that life is about how many white belts you can wear!

I started martial arts training almost 32 years ago. Before that I QUIT EVERYTHING I did. But this was different. I was determined to succeed. Doing this made me realized how much I love the white belt experience. You can too! But how do you start? The first thing to look at, to get out of this comfort zone is your opinion of yourself. If this is bad, and I am sure it is, then you wont move. So here is a little help.

First read the book Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwelll Maltz. This will help you to look at yourself differently. This book is the foundation of all self improvement, as well as getting out of that comfort zone! Next take a look at Lee Milteers work, she is an amazing author and has a way of reaching you, looking at the world in a very positive way. Here books and motivational abilities will get you moving in the right direction, as long as you take action.

So am I talking with experience or am I talking out of my ass? Here are some of the things I have done out of my comfort zone.

  1. Joined a martial art school
  2. Testing in front of people
  3. Doing demonstrations in front of people
  4. Teaching, I was terrified of public speaking.
  5. Opened my own school despite being told I would fail
  6. Quitting a $32 an hour job at Chrysler to run a school full time
  7. Taking other arts and again becoming a beginner
  8. Traveling to teach
  9. Moving to Europe to open another school
  10. Learning a new language
  11. Writing and publishing books

There is more, but you get the point. Am I trying to impress you? No I am trying to impress UPON YOU that anything is possible. I am not an exception, and I should be the norm. Become a WHITE BELT IN LIFE.

Apr 16

Chats with Master Art – New Office

By Master Art Mason | News

In our video series on Chat’s with Master Art we have a new one! The quality is better then the previous one as we are getting the bugs out. A few years back we had many different video series and very soon these will all be back with new episodes.

Apr 15

Chat’s with Master Art

By Master Art Mason | News

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It has been a long while, but we can again say our school is growing! For the last few years we have had a rather serious transition period. But i can say with confidence all is well and we are again in a period of development and growth!

This being said Master Art is now doing a fireside chat style video series to update student and parents on what is happening with out school! There is some very exciting things happening!

Keep your eye on this site, and we will keep you up to date! See you in class!!!

 

Apr 13

The Peaceful Warriors’ Brașov Romania!

By Master Art Mason | News

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Great news everyone! Classes in Brașov will officially begin on Saturday May 14th at 11:00am at Studio C. There is lots more information coming in the next few days. The address of this awesome gym is located in our school information on this page. Watch here for more details!

https://www.facebook.com/peaceful.warriors.romania/

 

Below is some link information to the Brașov location. Also in the works for summer 2017 is a major Pressure Point Seminar to be held in Brasov. This will be open to all students, and other schools and martial art organizations interested in learning about the pressure point system called Kyusho Jitsu. There will be some fundraisers done in our school to help cover costs for students who wish to attend.

Talk to Master Rick as he will have more information soon!

 

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