Awesome group tonight at BMAF both to participate in the tests and to cheer on our FOUR brown belts going for their black!! Unprecedented!
What a great start to 2017!
Last night Daishun was promoted to San-Kyu (3rd class student, green belt). Congrats, Daishun! This is a fine young man with much potential to be a solid leader
Read this and think deeply about the seriousness of this! South Carolina ranks 7th in the Union in violent crimes! (A violent crime is when an offender threatens or uses force on their victim.) The majority of violent crimes go un-reported! S.C. ranks number ONE in fatal violent crimes against women! 94% of these women[…]
Mr. Beckham teaching the little kids class an important part of self defense – get their hands off your neck!
Last night, Paul Crews was promoted to Shodan (1st degree black belt). Hard-working, dedicated, passionate Paul Crews. He has a heart of caring and lives that out by his actions. I know he is humbled by this promotion and will always remain a “student” in the Art. Our sincerest congratulations, Sensei[…]
It was on Saturday, August 16, 1980 from 1030 until noon. I was the 17th adult student, (17 be my lucky number), meaning there were 16 adult students ahead of me. The dojo (place of training) was only 500 sq. ft. but adequate. Located in Spartanburg. I lived 5 minutes away. I remember the day[…]
Above: Mr. Joe Beckham, surrounded by most of his current brown and black belts. We had a huge turn out last night with several people representing each rank – white through third degree black belt. A visitor watching the class yesterday evening had this say: everyone was friendly, helpful, encouraging. BMAF offers a very positive[…]
Above: Mr. Beckham explaining the principles of movement in aikido – move with your opponent’s energy, blend and fuse with their momentum to use it against them instead of meeting force with force. This is why the various types of aikido are so effective and why anyone, big, small, old, or young, can use this[…]
Our second belt promotion in one week! Jim Morgan was promoted to Go-Kyu (fifth class student, yellow belt) in tonight’s adult class. Congratulations, Jim!