The Power Trip:
How to Survive and Thrive
in the Dojo
It has been said that forewarned is forearmed. Many students don’t know what to expect or how to increase motivation, retention, and rate of learning when first signing up to study the martial arts. You are left in the hands of an instructor who is often a student himself, and not a teacher by profession. The Power Trip: How to Survive and Thrive in the Dojo is an informative and critical series of books that will give you the power to thrive in an environment where other students and even instructors at times sit on their “high horses,” arguing over “best techniques” or making snide remarks about your performance. It will also arm you for the day you will begin teaching the martial arts (or help you improve your technique if you are already teaching), and show you how to build your integrity and repute as an instructor.
If you are a new student in the martial arts, ready to sign up for your first lesson, you will gain a lot of information about the difficulties you can expect to encounter sometime throughout your training, and explore options for resolving potential conflicts. If you are a seasoned martial artist with years under your belt, you will no doubt recognize many of the scenarios presented, and be able to look back at your journey and consider what you could have done differently. Since the advice is not style specific but explores a multitude of scenarios that frequently play themselves out in the martial arts training hall, it applies to students of most martial styles.
Book 3: 8 Methods for Learning the Martial Arts, Setting Goals, and Getting Motivated
8 Methods for Learning the Martial Arts, Setting Goals, and Getting Motivated, the third book in the series, defines learning and explores the factors that help you expedite the acquisition of knowledge and skill. It also discusses different teaching and learning methods you might encounter in the training hall, and offers several exercises for both instructors and students. Lastly, the book provides a number of tips on factors that affect motivation, goal setting, and retention of new material.
Book 5: 8 Ways to Benefit from Critique and Testing in the Martial Arts
8 Ways to Benefit from Critique and Testing in the Martial Arts, the fifth book in the series, discusses how performance is evaluated and how good critiques should be conducted and interpreted. It also discusses how to determine when you are ready to test for a higher rank and how an effective test should be constructed and conducted. Lastly, it offers tips on how to take a test successfully, and discusses the importance attached to reaching a new level of accomplishment.