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  • The Journey

    The Journey. As we approach the next "Black Belt Induction Ceremony" being held this Thursday, 12/12/19, at 6:30 pm, my mind reflects upon "The Journey". Growing up, it became clear to me that not all having a "Black Belt" are equal. Many black belts from the systems I was studying would enter into our dojangs/dojos/martial arts studios. They wore a black belt, but it was easy to see the lack of skill, knowledge, and application. I wondered about their journey. Many training before me, training alongside me, and coming after me, would be on our floor. I would see the smiles, the laughter, the enjoyment, more than I would see the frustration, the ....

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  • Martial Arts Best for children with ADHD

    Attention deficit disorder is a very common occurrence among children. For those who are hyperactive it’s always best to get involved with sports, as they offer many benefits including physical exercise, development of social skills and development of self worth. However not all sports are equal. To give you a glimpse at how many might be affected as many as 11% of kids between 4 and 17 are hyperactive according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . For kids who suffer from ADHD it’s best to opt for individual sports due to individual focus. Individual sports, such as bjj, offer the opportunity to compete for yourself but still be a part of a team and find ways to ....

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  • The Calluses Upon My Hands

    The Calluses Upon My Hands

    I sat beside an elderly man months ago. The wrinkles upon his face were so deep that even his sweat became trapped between them. He never wiped the sweat away "Why waste my energy" he would say "they only come back again". Then he would laugh with his deep familiar raspy laugh. He could be found on most warm and hot days sitting in his wooden rocking chair upon his old wooden porch. He would rock slowly forward and back in almost a rhythmic beat. His pace never changed which means the creaking of his chair also remained the same pace and rhythm. The shadow from the sun striking his overhanging porch ceiling supplied all the shadow he needed. The water to his right rested on his old ....

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  • Even Now, The Effects of Bullying

    Even Now, The Effects of Bullying

    He was screaming for them to stop, but they did not. A group standing around taking photographs and videos using their minds as the device to record because this was decades before cell phones. Still the pain was as real then as it is for those today. The crowd laughing, the cheerleaders cheering them on with the same zeal and excitement as they have done for the basketball and football games. His voice elevating demanding for the boys assaulting him to stop. His rage increasing at the same rate as his fear, but neither stopped this onslaught. That was over 30 years ago and i can still see that image. Today we call it bullying, no matter the label it is still assault. An assault ....

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  • It started with a call

    I called a business this morning to discuss a problem that I was having. After waiting for several minutes a gentleman came onto the line. He introduced himself and asked how he could help me, at least that is what I thought he said. As I began to tell him what my problem was, He asked me for my name and my account number, at least that is what I think he asked. You see, this person representing the business I have called, has a speech impediment. Sometimes it was pretty severe. For several minutes he and I would exchange information trying to resolve the problem. Yes, this conversation was longer than I expected and maybe longer than it had to be due to his challenge. We ....

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  • I turned someone away today

    I turned away a prospective student today. "Thank you for choosing CFMAF Martial Arts, Colorado's leader in providing realistic training for adults and families." It is my normal response when my phone rings. The person on the other end quickly spoke up and introduced himself. He told me that I am fourth or fifth school that he has spoken to today and that he has set up appointments with each one. He then told me that he is ready to enroll today with whichever school that he selects. I politely interrupted him to let him know who I am and to ask for his name again. As he told me, I continued to listen, I mean truly listen to him. Something was different. Maybe ....

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  • Talk Less, Do more.

    Talk Less, Do more.

    It is often he who has created nothing who is the loudest to critique the positive efforts of others. Talk less, do more. I was speaking with a student recently at our Colorado Springs martial arts school. This student who was upset because someone has done what has become the norm in today's society. The person has become a "keyboard warrior". The student was upset because this person was saying "this thing that wasn't true, and that thing that wasn't true, and then the person said this as well." I looked at my clock and counted the minutes that t he student used to tell me of how hurt she is over this. When she completed I asked "So how does it feel?". "How does what feel" she ....

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  • He's Following Me!

    He's Following Me!

    She saw him behind her. She quickened her pace, but that did not seem to shake him. She turned left on the trail. He did the same. She kept looking over her shoulder, but he continued forward. As time continued, he continued to bridge the gap between her and him. "I will run" she said to herself. She ran at a pace that quickly tired her. She had to stop to catch her breath. Although he never ran, he kept walking in the same direction...towards her. As she continued to catch her breath she could see that he was still getting closer. She came to the end of the trail where she would need to turn around. She knew that by going back in the direction that she just came, she ....

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  • Why are you upset?

    I remember many years ago here in Colorado Springs. I was speaking with a friend of mine in his home. His son came into the house very anger and slammed the door. My friend turned to him and told him "You must be out of your mind slamming my door like you own it." I could not help but to laugh because it sounded just like something I would say to one of my children. "Sorry Dad, I am just mad." "I can see that" said his father "Whats going on." This is where the Learnin' Sermon begins. He told his father that he had decided to quit wrestling. Just hearing that I could see my friend, his father, raise his eyebrows as if saying "Oh Really". "And when did you decide that?" He asked his son. ....

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  • A true story of a woman's victory

    Thanks you Ms. W for sharing this with us Hi, Isaac! I’m sorry to be writing you so late, but I owe you a HUGE thank you! To start, I’m fine and I’m not seriously hurt. Today, I had a doctor’s appointment at 11am. As I was walking to my car, I was attacked from behind by a woman who was either on drugs or mentally unstable. Because of the classes I took with you, which were actually designed for teachers on how to respond in an active shooter situation, I immediately remembered how to position myself and I kept yelling at her to “back up”. I also remembered how to block myself from receiving any more hits and kicks. My leg, ....

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