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Hello, I am interested for my 6 year old daughter. She's shy and at times not very confident. Discipline is important yet having fun and learning at the same time. I am wondering if this would be the class for her. Thank you.

 

Hello,

The current approach to teaching discipline is through a 'dominance' model ie rooted in concepts of obedience.

I don't particularly partake in this belief because what happens is the child's ability to apply themselves is based on someone's authority over them.  To me, this isn't true discipline.  

True discipline is the amount of focus and commitment one can generate on their own, without direction.

And that, only comes from passion.  I think children must first naturally connect and resonate with something, in order for them to deem it pleasurable enough to commit more energy, and sacrifice to.  Passion, precedes discipline.

So to answer your question, I do keep my classes fun for children, but not necessarily because they are 'children'. I keep my classes fun because passion is the seed of discipline.

Be Useful.

Kru Nick Bautista

 

Hello, 

Thank you for your reply. And I was happy to read your response. 

I have attended other classes and they seem to frighten her at times. I want her to feel confident without being "scared" of getting in trouble. 

Right now at his age we are trying to feel out what her passion is. I am interested in attending a trial class if this is possible? 

How to fail

 'Failure' isn't like a random sinkhole that appears out of nowhere to gobble you and all your efforts up into an abyss of no return.

'Failure' behaves just like success--you have to do very specific things to achieve it.

Things like:

•sucking at your respective craft

•being late

•being inconsistent

•poor personal appearance

•poor speech

•poor rapport

If you do these things, you won't have to worry about failure, it'll be a sure thing.

Hegemony.

Philosophy breeds culture, 

Culture shapes habit, 

Habits yield communities, 

Communities celebrate through sport. 

 

Pause.  Just take in that flow for a second and think about how it applies in life in a positive cycle, and/or a negative one. 

Since were about the positivity, I'll give a happy example:

You are taught Martial Art philosophy (Muay Thai) and all its physical and non physical lessons. 

As a result, a personal culture arises in us.  We begin to watch what we eat, we take our bodies seriously (and by extension take ourselves seriously).  We experience an overall shift towards positive accountability. 

As personal culture rose, it shapes a set of compatible habits:  training 2-3x/week, bringing training equipment, hydrating right, etc.  These habits, shared by 2 or more people and amplified by every additional person X 100 yields a group of like minded people congregating in one place-- 

A community.  And in this community, at this frequency with one another, beautiful things begin to happen.  We start to celebrate.  We celebrate the paths that we've been on to arrive at this micro-utopia by honoring the key figures that contribute so deeply to, while including those who've helped assist along the way.  

All culminating in the most powerful demonstration of community:

'sport': a physical vehicle carrying our communities habits, cultures and philosophy. 

 

That is what makes a Martial Path so special.  Whether you agree with me or not, I'm sure you've experienced in one order or another what I just described. 

 

If you want a real live example, come see on March 19th what I'm talking about.  March 19th is 'Kru Day'.  A national holiday in Thailand devoted to honouring the teachers (Kru) of Thai tradition (which is essentially honoring the citizens who serve to nourish society in uplifting ways). 

Students will be honouring their teachers, and teachers will be honoring their teachers.  This doesn't happen enough in Western society.  Teachers who contribute to society are important.  

Then, we celebrate with live Muay Thai bouts!  A celebration of culture, through sport. 

BMT fights 3x on the card ;) 

Yours in the arts, 

 

Kru Nick Bautista

 

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Be (more) useful.

 

We all live in a bubble.  And some times, we may feel like a big fish--and conveniently forget how small of a pond we actually swim in.

Its important these moments are just that, moments. 

One way we can keep our egos in check, is to look up. 

There are people who presently exist, that accomplish 100X in amount of what we do, in a fraction of the time. 

Lately I've been studying presidents.  Prime ministers and world leaders.  The only thing I've learned is that they deal with decisions of a greater magnitude than mine, that intimately affects so much more people than I.

This isn't a pro Obama post.  It's a, 'I can definitely do more and complain less after watching real people do real things' type of post.

Peace

Beyond the Ropes II: Simon Marcus

The beyond the ropes series of workshops here at BMT is about creating the opportunity for the recreational, and hopeful student to get inside the mind of professional Martial Artists.  It's a chance to interface with a higher level of habit, dedication and commitment to a craft that is not commonly experienced.

In this instalment, Simon Marcus pays BMT a visit to share his principles on Bag Work, proper sparring, and clinch techniques.  Delivered as a two part series;

Pt. 1 happens Saturday October 3rd, 11am-2pm

Pt.2 happens Saturday October 17th, 11am-2pm

Cost:  $85 cash per session

All levels are welcome, bring your curiosity, and bring your will.

Until then, enjoy this recent highlight/breakdown of Simons specialty--The Knee.



Teacher, Student

Without the teacher, there is no student. 

Without the student, there is no teacher. 

A good teachers job is to provide the dots. 

The students job, is to connect them.

Never connect the dots for the student and call that 'teaching'. 

Never replicate the dots of the teacher and call that 'learning'. 

Yours in the arts, 

 

Kru Nick