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Steve Doss: Showing Off Bruce Lee Moves in the Early 70’s Navy

motivation May 18, 2019

By Herb Borkland

 

Cardio kickboxing and Impact Fitness entrepreneur Steve Doss has what Enter the Dragon villain Bob Wall once called the “greatest martial arts resume ever.” Among other distinctions, Doss grew up down the street from kickboxing superstar Jim Harrison and knew pre-fame Chuck Norris. He trained with Bill Wallace at Elvis Presley’s legendary Tennessee Karate Institute and, in Corpus Christie, learned from pioneer karate champion Pat Burleson. Considered the Father of Cardio Kickboxing, today Doss’s new Impact Fitness thirty-minute workouts are a growing franchise success nationally.

Herb Borkland: Where did you grow up, and what did your father do?

Steve Doss: I grew up in Kansas City. Dad was a business man.

HB: How did you first hear about martial arts?

SD: Jim Harrison lived next door. His school was across the street from the high school I went to. He ran two floors: one for judo, the other for karate. Sparring...

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The Second “B” Is for Balance

mentor motivation May 11, 2019

By Nguyen “Tom” Griggs

 

In this column, I will continue using acronyms to spell out the words BLACK BELT, as they relate to teams and leadership. This month, I’ll address the second “B,” which stands for balance.

In this regard, we are discussing balancing benevolence and self–focus within your organization(s).

Benevolence is one of our tenets at TNT Jujitsu here in Houston. Our instructor, Hanshi Torey, often emphasizes the merits of being kind, but he also warns that kindness should have limits. As leaders and business owners, your profits and business development are important. Many of us, however, struggle and even lose sleep over making difficult decisions.

Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with putting your fiscal and physical health first. I remember my parents having a couple of regular customers at their liquor store who always wanted a discount or favor. My parents were quite kind about it — until the day when one of...

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Fall Down 150,000 Times!

motivation May 10, 2019

By Karen Eden

 

Olympic medalist and World Champion figure skater Nathan Chen has a claim that, to this day, no other person in history can make. Nathan is the only figure skater to ever complete six quad jumps in competition. He has officially been deemed “the Quad King.”

            A quad, or quadruple, is a figure skating jump with at least three, but fewer than four, revolutions. It is the jump that separates professional skaters from champion skaters. On average, Chen has practiced four hours of figure skating a day since the age of three. He is now 19 years old.

            One day, Nathan did the math and figured out that he has jumped a minimum of 350,000 times in his life. As impressed as everyone who heard that was, they were taken aback when he followed it up with, “That means that I’ve also fallen at least 150,000 times, too.”...

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Steve Doss: Showing Off Bruce Lee Moves in the Early-1970s Navy

motivation May 07, 2019

By Herb Borkland

 

Among other distinctions, cardio kickboxing and Impact Fitness entrepreneur Steve Doss grew up down the street from kickboxing pioneer Jim Harrison and knew pre-fame Chuck Norris. He trained with Bill Wallace at Elvis Presley’s legendary co-owned Tennessee Karate Institute and, in Corpus Christie, learned from pioneer karate champion Pat Burleson.

 

Herb Borkland: Where did you grow up, and what did your dad do?

 

Steve Doss: I grew up in Kansas City. Dad was a business man.

 

HB: How did you first hear about martial arts?

 

SD: Jim Harrison lived next door. His school was across the street from the high school I went to. He ran two floors: one for judo, the other for karate. Sparring was a bunch of men beating each other up and bleeding. Harrison’s [style of] kickboxing was holding up your hands like a boxer and jumping around.

I was a little scrawny guy and I was scared to death, but I took some classes. I never saw Jim,...

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The Collected Wisdom of Martial Arts Icon Dan Inosanto

motivation supershow May 01, 2019

By the Editors 

 

On July 24, 1936, Dan Inosanto was born. As a 4th-grader, he received his first exposure to the martial arts when his uncle taught him te [the Okinawan word for “hand.”]. In college, he studied judo, then dabbled in the Korean, Okinawan and Japanese striking arts.

 

“The exposure to the various schools in the beginning taught me not to be one-sided, because everyone had his own philosophies and each school seemed to have its good points and bad points. When I learned from Bruce [Lee], we never classified whether a technique was from taekwondo or boxing. If it was usable, we used it.”

—Dan Inosanto

 

While he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Inosanto was impressed by a kenpo brown belt he met. Specifically, he liked the fluid manner in which the martial artist moved. As soon as he was discharged, Inosanto relocated to Southern California.

 

“In 1961, I started taking kenpo from Ed Parker at his...

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Keeping a Legacy Alive and Thriving Through Our Martial Arts School

motivation May 01, 2019

By Christina M. Yuncza

 

What do you do when the person responsible for your school's existence – its very heart and soul, and the driving force behind it – is gone?

First, you mourn.

Then, at some point, you realize that if you are to honor the legacy of a man who was not only the love of your life, but a hero and a role model, a true sensei, to his family and his students, you have to pick up the pieces and carry on.

Ed Yuncza, a 6th-degree master, founded E.Y. Martial Arts and Self Defense Concepts in New Jersey in 1995. It was his first school; the location was not ideal and a hard winter made attendance sporadic, so that initial venture was short-lived and he closed shop.

Never one to give up, Ed started again a few years later and began working with a program called “Kidsafe” that was being run out of an elementary school in Lawrenceville, NJ. He held weekly classes and drew a respectable number of students.  Ed's mother and sister helped out...

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Troy Dorsey: The First Big Kickboxing Win

motivation Apr 21, 2019

By Herb Borkland

 

In this inspiring monthly column, we examine the pivotal point in a prominent black belt’s career that took him or her on to major success in martial arts business, sports or films.

 

 

Five-foot-six, seveth-dan Troy “The Destroyer” Dorsey was the first American black belt to become a world champion in both kickboxing and pro boxing. He earned two world boxing crowns, four world kickboxing titles and a world karate championship.

In full-contact kickboxing, he was a three-time WAKO Amateur World Champion, as well as a gold medalist in 1985 London and 1987 Munich events.

Turning to boxing in 1989, Dorsey’s all-out high-energy fighting style captured the IBF World Featherweight and IBO World Super Featherweight Championships. He retired from the ring in 1998.

 

Herb Borkland: Where did you grow up, and what did your dad do?

 

Troy Dorsey: Mansfield, Texas, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area. My father,...

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I Know Why My Grandmother Clapped

motivation Apr 19, 2019

By Karen Eden

 

When I walked out onstage as an 18-year-old contestant in a “Miss Virginia” preliminary pageant, I already knew things weren’t going to swing in my favor. I had watched the way the judges seemed to light up every time a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl strode out. Bottom line, I was an ethnic girl competing in a beauty pageant at a time when it wasn’t popular to be ethnic.

            That was also the time that my grandmother from Japan was staying with us. I so appreciated her altering my gown and being so excited to see me compete in the “Miss Vinton Dogwood Festival” pageant.

            There I was, standing out like a sore thumb. I was a dark-haired girl in a sea of white skin and yellow hair. I felt out of place and awkward, and I wanted to walk off the stage as soon as I got on. Within minutes, I would have that...

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The Four Minds

maia motivation Apr 12, 2019

By Dave Kovar

 

 

I have the extreme pleasure of working with martial arts instructors and school owners from all over the world. On any given week, I might speak over the phone to as many as 25 different school owners about their successes and their challenges.

During these calls, I believe that I’m usually able to help them out a bit. Typically, it will have something to do with their business procedures, staff-training strategies or classroom formats. I know beyond a doubt that I learn equally as much from them as they ever will from me. Most of the time, I learn from the good ideas they have implemented in their schools and, occasionally, I learn from the things they are doing wrong.

This month, I’d like to discuss with you what I am calling “The Four Minds,” and how I see them being effectively utilized (or not) by the school owners that I work with.

To my understanding, the Four Minds were practiced widely by the samurai. Although they...

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“K” is for Knowledge

By Nguyen “Tom” Griggs

 

 

In this column, I continue using an acronym that spells out BLACK BELT, using words that relate to teams and leadership. This month I’ll address “K,” which stands for knowledge.

Let’s frame knowledge as it relates to 1) yourself; 2) your team; and 3) your environment.

Knowledge of yourself: The temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece, is famous for numerous inscriptions. One of the more famous aphorisms which emanated from this temple was “Know Thyself.” This saying is very profound in its depth and simplicity.

We are all familiar with our personalities and intellects, but we forget the importance of understanding our limits. When discussing limits, we also need to remember this applies to our physical abilities, too.

Recently, I did not run in the Houston half-marathon, even though I had participated in it the previous year. I allowed professional and personal issues to interfere with properly training....

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