Kid’s Martial Arts Lessons


I wanted to talk to you today about giving your kids something a little different this new school year. Resiliency is an attribute that is so important for our kids to have in modern life. They are exposed to so much information (unfortunately most of it bad) and it leaves them feeling confused, frustrated, and consequently with an evergrowing sense of anxiety. These are not my opinions but medical facts coming out from our highest educational institutions. Kids need to be mentally tough enough to handle all they see and hear these days, but who teaches this or even talks about it?

Our kids have had a rough go it throughout the spring and summer months that goes without saying. Let’s stop the complaining and start evolving and even flourishing.

This September 8th the Youth Program will begin training indoors at the newly renovated FightClub studio. The kid’s martial arts lessons I have planned are specifically targeted for what our kids are facing these days. Let me help them through these tough times.

Free to share this with parents you know and care about. Tell them to bring their kids for a few lessons so they can see how important and vital the lessons taught at FightClub our for kids.

See you in the field and on the mats,


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Patience is very important when you are learning archery. There will be days when you shoot is going to be terrible, and other days when you are going to be shooting great. This is a normal process because your body and your mind are both adapting to the changes. Don’t let any of this get in your way and you will achieve excellent results.

I remember that I felt very frustrated at times and I would make a real effort to focus on the basics during those times. This would help me tons and I would see an improvement after doing this. Your practice should be consistent and daily if possible, but if you feel frustrated and unable to get results, it might be a good idea to get back to the basics.

A good Stance, Posture, Anchor, and Release. As long with more ‘Blind Bail’ shooting and breath control. Slowing things down and enjoying the process.

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Systema Martial Arts


For the past 6 months, our lives have been absorbed and altered due to the pandemic. A lot of you have had to make many sacrifices (and continue to do so). I think most of us would agree that we are approaching the drudgery, boredom, and fatigue stage now. We have watched all the movies on Netflix and complete most of our home and garden projects. Now what? I can tell you what? We need to get back to focusing on our lives!

Covid-19 is a part of our lives now and we will all come to terms with whatever we need to do, but each one of us has a very special life to live and we need to get back to the task of living. I’m not talking about just getting by either. I’m talking about growing, prospering, and thriving.

The enemy of improvement is neither failure nor success. The enemy of improvement is boredom, fatigue, and lack of concentration. The enemy of improvement is a lack of commitment to the process because the process is everything. This lesson is repeated over and over every time students come to practice at FightClub. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with just commitment.

“Warriors don’t give up when faced with a setback, they adjust”

Don’t let this pandemic stop you from learning, growing, and thriving. Don’t give drudgery, boredom, and fatigue a stage in your life. Committee yourself to the training and you will find Systema martial arts practice will help you, even throw a pandemic! Many changes have been made to FightClub’s training space, class schedule, class sizes, and curriculum focus to make all students feel safe and secure. Outdoor training continues throughout the month of August every Tuesday & Thursday night. Indoor classes will begin September 8th, 2020 for all FC programs including Adult & Youth Systema classes and all Archery classes.


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Kid’s Martial Arts for September 2020


Back to school time is stressful and can cause a lot of anxiety all on its own. However, this year is like no other that I can remember. Kids, parents, and teachers are dealing with so much uncertainty, how could you not be fearful.

Some Symptoms …

The hallmark of anxiety is avoidance of the thing that is scaring us; for kids, that means they simply won’t want to go to school. The most common way this manifest itself physically is a stomach ache, It’s not fake, either; it’s a real physiological response.

What should we do …?

Keep an open perspective and talk to kids about the concept of fear. Fear is normal and a necessary human emotion. At its best fear stops us from doing stupid things. At it’s worst it paralyze us from doing the right things. From my perspective kids have too much fear and in a way paralyzed. When I think back to my childhood I realize that kids have way more fear than I had as a kid, and I hate that!

This world is so crazy place (and I’m talking before the pandemic). Kids need to have courage and to be brave in order to make it. Are we teaching them to be brave and have courage against the unknown or stop and hide? Don’t misunderstand me I’m all about safety and society, but I’m also about resilience, courage, and bravery too.

As a father I am using these moments to educate my kids about the new realities of our society,  talking about fears and what they mean, telling them stories of my own fears and how I’m dealing with them, and most of all the courage and bravery it will take to meet this challenge.

I will be doing the same for the kid’s martial arts at FightClub this September.


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Archery Range (Covid-19)


I just wanted to touch base with everyone … I have not forgotten about you!

Our situation with the ‘Corona Virus’ has not changed yet but hopefully sometime in the near future. Till then be safe and keep your distance. I really miss seeing you learning, shooting, and the fun times in our little East York archery range.

PS – When we return we’ll be shooting Corona Virus Targets! 🙂

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