World Record Board Breaking Attempt

WOW! Talk about Throw Back Thursday. Join me in the WayBack Machine for some vintage video on really bad VHS. This tape was labeled ‘July 1987’, but the year doesn’t look right to me. I think it was probably more like 1989. Anybody have an idea of the real date for this show? The TV show was called Passages and it hailed from Manchester, NH.

In any case, when I was younger and crazier, I had this thought that I could break the World Board Breaking Record, which was 244 boards in 1 minute at the time. You will have to watch the video to see how that turned out. Lights, camera, beautiful TV host, prospects for fame and fortune…what more could a young martial artist want in life?

For all the old-timers who may watch and remember, can you name all the black belts who showed up to support?

2016 Semester 1-Jan/Feb

Another semester is over and another year gone by.  Welcome to 2016!

Congratulations to the students who graduated last semester.

You all did a fantastic job! I am amazed every semester by the effort and dedication you put into your training. From 4 year old white belts to 60-something almost-Black Belts, you are a mixed bag of truly wonderful students that I enjoy teaching every week.IMG_4910


  • We have a group of 4 students preparing to test for First and Second Degree Black Belts in June. Big THANKS to Mr. Lane for helping with mentoring.
  • We have just 4 open spots for new students in our group class. Do you have a friend or family member who would like to join you in class?


Our new semester begins Monday, January 4th, 2016 and ends Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 with testing and graduation. Vacation Week will be February 22-26.

  • Life Skills Topics – Black Belt Success System and 4 Focus Points
  • Reading Material – LIM lesson8
  • Kicks – Turning Kick and Back Kick
  • Self-Defense – Full Nelson
  • Black Belt Self-Defense – Club (Impact Weapon)


XMA Forms Class – Mondays at 630-700pm, beginning Monday the 4th

  • Learn XMA Basic Form #2 – SEE VIDEO
  • 7 Mondays for just $10 each class, $70 total
  • This class is open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend.

Escrima/Kali/Modern Arnis Stick Training – Wednesdays at 630-700pm, beginning Wednesday the 6th

  • Learn the basics of working with a partner using escrima sticks
  • 6 Wednesdays for just $10 each class, $60 total
  • Includes 1 escrima stick
  • By the end of the series you will know Grand Master Remy Presas’ 6 Count Drill and the 5 basic strikes – SEE VIDEO
  • This class is open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend.



2015 Nov/Dec – Week 5

Dear Students and Parents,


December is here. Where did the year go?

This is what’s happening this month…


  • We have room in class for just 3 or 4 new students. Do you have a friend who might like to join you in class?
  • Some used gear is available, while it lasts.
  • Our advanced belts are doing a terrific job leading the stretching portion of class. Keep up the good work!

Calendar Items

  • Friday, 12/4, 500pm – Gabriella Whisnant tests for 1st Dan
  • Wednesday, 12/9, 530pm – Black Belt Graduation, assuming Ms. W passes.
  • Wednesday, 12/23, 530pm – Belt Test/Graduation/Holiday Party
  • CLOSED 12/24 through 1/1 – New semester begins 1/4/16


  • Side kicks and hook kicks
  • Defense against straight punches
  • Black Belts will focus on gun defense
  • The Life Skill Theme will be INTEGRITY.
  • The Black Belt Reading will be the 7 RULES OF GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP.


  • Check your email for Lessons in Mindfulness #7 and #8.


Black Belt Test – 12/4

IMG_4804We have it confirmed, there will be a Black Belt Test on Friday, December 4th, 2015 beginning at 5pm at 4 Broadway, Dover, NH.

Gabriella Whisnant is the only candidate testing this time around and she could use some support as she tests for her 1st Dan.

We need black belts on the judging panel and partners for sparring and self-defense.

If all goes well, the graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at 530pm at 4 Broadway, Dover, NH.

Let me know if you can assist with the testing.



28 Years!

28-clip-art34 years ago in July of 1981 I started training in TaeKwonDo, and it changed my life.

30 years ago in March of 1985 I earned my First Degree Black Belt and started teaching. Big Thanks to Norman Bates, my first instructor, and all the other fantastic black belt mentors who helped an uncoordinated, short, and skinny teenager become stronger and more confident.

30 years ago, as a Junior at UNH, I adopted a small TaeKwonDo club, ran it 4 nights per week, and started my first business. Shout out to Bob Shea, who left me about 25 students and moved to Florida.

And…28 years ago this month in 1987, the year I graduated from UNH, Dick Perrault and I opened the academy full-time in Dover. We had almost no money and big dreams. From the meager beginnings to becoming one of the largest academies in New Hampshire, to being semi-retired from teaching, it has been a wild ride.

While I have decided to reduce the academy to just 2 nights and less than 20 students this year for personal reasons, it continues to be one of my favorites activities. The current plan is to continue training and teaching for at least 100 more years (no joke). If you can believe it, you can achieve it.

I am so happy and grateful for the wonderful people in my life who have been my martial arts friends, mentors, instructors, students, and employees over the past 34 years. Martial arts training has changed my life and, together with my faith in Christ, continues to be the foundation upon which everything else is based. What my training has taught me and brought me can never be measured in money.

1984 demonstration at the Newington Mall. Me as a red belt breaking boards with ball-of-the-foot turning kick.

1984 demonstration at the Newington Mall. Me as a red belt breaking boards with ball-of-the-foot turning kick (dollyo chagi). Norman Bates squatting on the right, Mark Newton and Jon Palais holding boards. BTW, I think that’s 2-inch pine??

Pepper Spray Training Class

pepper-spray-preparedLadies! This is for you. Learn the proper techniques for using pepper spray and get one to take home in this fun and interactive class.

For just $30 you will have expert training by Master Matt Randall and a pepper sprayer to take home with you.

In this class, you will learn how to draw, aim, and fire accurately.  Many people think its easy and obvious… but, until you are under pressure and practice the techniques with a ‘training canister’, you don’t fully understand the challenges involved. Master Randall will help you get the practice you need to be totally confident with your pepper spray protection product.

Get ready for the Quick Draw challenge and the 21 Foot challenge.

If you already have your own, bring it with you and get another as a spare to keep at home or in the car.  Other products will be available as well.


For more information about pepper spray products, kubotans, and stun guns, please contact Michelle Morrow at 603-581-6828.

Pepper Spray Training