Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Footwork: Understanding Skill Level Proficiencies to Adequately Assess Students

by Dustin B. Denson

The learning, development, and performance of physical skills can easily be classified as basic (beginner), intermediate, and advanced. It could be thought of as a simple rating system. This is nothing new in the arena of education. For example, an analogy could be drawn between Bloom’s Taxonomy and the...

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Victim Mentality

By Dustin B. Denson

Disjunctive Fallacy is a fancy name for when you are presented with two choices, but there are really more. It is also called the Either/Or Fallacy. So, it would be fallacious - bad reasoning - to believe that there are only two when there are more, but a lot of choices are presented like that.

You know...

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Dogma Part II

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on July 6th, 2018 by Geoffrey Green


Our concern in part one was the un-witted introduction and adherence to bad habits not in concert with our catalyst for training. Here we will consciously discuss how good habits can be ingrained toward unconscious proficiency.

Corrections veteran and...

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Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on March 15th, 2018 by Geoffrey Green

“If you don’t question your training, then there’s a good chance you may be following a cycle of dogma.” – Tuhon Timothy Waid

Each journey begins from a different path of intention. In the case of the martial arts, some have regarded them...

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Teach to Learn; Learn to Teach

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on January 26, 2018 by Dustin B. Denson

"Teaching is the highest form of understanding." - Aristotle

Having knowledge is good. Having understanding is better. You can know a lot of things, but never really understand them. One place you can seek understanding is through teaching.

In education,...

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Protecting Yourself at Work: Tools of the Trade

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on July 31st, 2017 by Dustin B. Denson

About a couple of months ago I was reported because somebody was concerned by me carrying a clip-on folding knife (tactical folder) in my pocket at work. Consequently, I received an email from my supervisor (I have a great supervisor and I place no blame on her. She...

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9 Benefits of Weapons-Based Martial Arts Training

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on January 8th, 2017 by Dustin B. Denson

1. Improved Visual Acuity and Ocular Sensitivity

Weapons training will improve both visual acuity and ocular sensitivity. Acuity is defined as sharpness or keenness. Sensitive or sensitivity in this sense refers to the ability to quickly detect or respond to slight...

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"Watch Your Language!", The Importance of Teaching Martial Arts Lingo

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on October 31st, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Educate the Mind, Not Just the Body

Martial Arts Instructors have an obligation not to just teach physical skills, but to educate the mind as well.

Martial arts has its own unique vocabulary. Any subject of study has what can be referred to as jargon, that is, the...

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Training A Combative Mindset Outside the Martial Arts Classroom

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on July 19th, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Situational Awareness

5:00p.m., time to go home. Work is over for the day. Almost everyone else left thirty minutes ago; you stayed a little late to finish a report. After straightening your desk and gathering your things, you head towards the elevator that will take...

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Loyalty: An Analysis for Students and Instructors - by Geoffrey Green - Guest Contributor

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on May 16th, 2016 by Geoffrey Green


I seek for knowledge

I give my respect

I give my loyalty

I am ready

I execute


loyal |ˈloi(ə)l|


giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution

"Is not a man better than a...

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