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Muhammad Ali’s Connection to Martial Arts & to National Karate

With the passing of Mohammad Ali this week it reminded me of the connection he had with the martial arts world and the 3 degrees of separation between Ali and the National Karate Schools. “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali was widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sporting figures of the 20th century who…

What Every Young Woman Needs to Know Before Going to College

The school year is winding down, and recent high school graduates will be turning their attention to preparing for college in the fall. College is an exciting, brand new adventure for incoming freshmen. What will your classes be like? Will you get along with your roommate? What will you major in? It is also an…

Overcoming The Fear of Failure

“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” John F. Kennedy “I didn’t fail repeatedly; I just found 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb.”  Thomas Edison       The Thrill of Victory & the Agony of Defeat One year, both of my children won first place in sparring at…

Why National Karate Doesn’t Teach MMA (and Why I Don’t Let My Teen Do It Either)

     What is MMA? MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts which is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts. This sport has become phenomenally popular worldwide and especially so among teens and early…

Bad News for Your Body After 20…

Did you know that if you eat and exercise the same way at the age of 40 as you did at when you were 20, you will gain 2-4 pounds per year? If you are not exercising at all your weight gain will be even more. Slowing Metabolism Why is this? Your metabolism slows greatly as…

Holiday Traditions

  National Karate likes to celebrate the Holiday Season with two great traditions!  Our NK Gift Card Give Away and our Toy Drive for Kids with Cancer. Free NK Gift Cards! During the Christmas and Hanukkah Season we give our students Free Gift Cards that can be given to friends, family or anyone you think…

Lessons from the Arcade and Martial Arts

Burn a Few Quarters: When I was a kid we had to get a ride from our mom to the arcade if we wanted to play video games.  Home video games didn’t really exist.  Eventually Atari invented “Pong”, but for real video games we had to go to the arcade with a pocket full of quarters.  Every few…

Team NK Chicago goes to Ireland!

Team NK Chicago in Ireland! Recently our National Karate Chicago Competition Team went to fight in the biggest fighting tournament in the world!  This tournament has no form divisions – only fighting.  The Irish Open hosts 4,200 Fighters from all parts of the globe and we were there! Team captains Alex Dingmann and Jennifer Tohtz…

Lance Flight’s Karate Story…

I recently promoted Mr. Lance Flight from Asst. Director to Co-Director of the South Elgin School and I thought our students might like to hear about his Karate story.  It’s a great story of how a boyhood dream of “becoming a Karate Instructor” was fulfilled and how National Karate has played a key role in developing him into…

What Difference Does a Toy Make?

Back in 2009 my wife and I adopted a beautiful little girl from an orphanage in China.  She had several medical needs and we spent a lot of time at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Because of some of the painful surgeries she endured, she understandably had a major fear of hospitals.  But every time we visited the…