Welcome to my Martial Arts Blog! My primary goal is to provide fun training tips, drills, and games for fellow martial artists. Along the way I’ll be posting my random thoughts, opinions, and musings on the state of martial arts in general. My hope is that anyone involved in any martial art will be able to benefit from the content I post here.
Who am I?
My name’s Dan Larocco and I began training in martial arts as a teenager in 1999, earning my black belt in 2006. I started in American Kenpo but have also studied Tang Soo Do, traditional Karate, and Taekwondo. I was also formerly a NASM certified personal trainer. For several years I also taught American Kenpo classes for both children and adults.
Why a blog?
Simply put: I miss teaching. I have a day job, a happy marriage, my own training, and a very needy cat. I’m unable to commit the time necessary to teach the way I’d want to right now. I love teaching, and I love helping my fellow students, but I wanted a way to give back some of the good information that was given to me. So this blog is my classroom, and here I’ll share the knowledge and drills that helped me learn, and hopefully they’ll help you as well.
This blog started as a challenge I gave myself. I wanted to see if I could write down 101 different sparring drills and games. On every lunch break at work I would try to write down one or two drills that were taught to me, that I read somewhere, or that I came up with while teaching. After I finished the list, I decided that a blog would be a great way to get this information out to as many martial artists as possible. Don’t worry, if sparring isn’t your thing I’ll be posting pad drills, warm up exercises, and other tips I’ve learned along the way as well.
Why the cartoons?
I’ll get this out of the way: on my best day, I can draw something that looks halfway decent, but it takes me forever. I wanted to come up with a style that would be fun and inviting, but still allow me to illustrate my points in a timely manner. Since a large part of this blog will be fun drills and games, I decided on characters inspired by Meeples (the popular board game pieces used). Referencing board games helps me show that I believe martial arts is a fun activity that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy together.
How can I reach you?
Check out the Contact Page or email MyMartialArts101@gmail.com if you have any questions. Like I said I work a day job, and on a good night I’ll be at the dojo training and learning even more, but I will always try to answer any questions you have!