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Sensei Ryan is Picked Up By a Major Martial Arts Website!

Thank you so much to the amazing staff at AllAboutMartialArts.com!  They do amazing work and provide some of the highest quality content on this internet!  And what’s even better?  They like yours truly; Sensei Ryan!  I am so excited that they have decided to feature each one of my YouTube videos (Click Here) on their website. Sensei Ryan is Featured on Major Website

Sensei Ryan Speaks Out

It is such an honor!  Thank you so much AllAboutMartialArts.com. Click Here to read all of their blog posts for each of my videos!

Sincerely, Sensei Ryan

How does Martial Arts Help Kids? Here are 5 Ways.

Often we are asked how the Martial Arts helps kids. Parents are very focused on the success of their children, and they want to make the right decision. Look no further.  Here are 5 reasons that we, at Champion Martial Arts in Reno implement on a daily basis.  And we are not alone.  Thousands of (traditional) Martial Arts Schools around the country and the world implement these same principles:

1. Respect is Required at All Times: I agree that we want to try and be friends with our kids.  However, it is so important that children of all ages learn what is appropriate at different times.  We require all students to use the formal terms such as “Sensei” when referring to our Head Instructor and “Instructor” when referring to each of our instructors.  Answers must be given in the form “Yes Sensei Ryan” or “No Sensei Ryan.” We do not allow students to use basic, informal terms such as Yeah, Ok and Sure.  This filters over when we are speaking about how students are required to speak with their parents.  The correct answer is “Yes Mom, Yes Dad (or Yes Sir)”, etc.  This requirement places a strong emphasis on the fact that our parents, teachers and people of authority must always be respected, and we must be kind, courteous and attentive to what they are asking of us.

2. Discipline is Also a Major Requirement: Standing at attention with your feet together and your hands on your side is not just for the military. Sitting in a circle in seiza (on your knees) with your hands on your thighs forces everyone to focus on the task at hand. We do not allow children to chew on their uniforms (GIs), play with their belts (OBIs) or look off into outer space. We ask the kids to stand at attention and they snap to attention. Being more formal instructs juniors on the importance of authority and discipline.

3. The Power Talks we Give Every Class are What You Want Your Children to Learn: Everyone is busy.  Many times parents are concerned about whether or not the public school system is teaching their children the values that are really necessary for future growth. We get right to the core of the issue.  We ask ourselves, “What is an absolute necessity for success in all areas of life?”  Those are the topics we concentrate on every single class.

4. The Martial Arts Increases Focus and Listening Skills: With an emphasis on using important teaching methods such as focus anchors and discipline tactics, children have no other choice but to learn to become better at focusing.  There is only one guaranteed way to increase focus, and that is to actively focus on focusing.  Every day. We do that is so many different ways. We make eye contact with them and they do it right back to us proving that they are understanding the point that we are making.

5. Fun and Rapport Create Buy-In with the Kids: Our students respect us.  They look up to us as instructors, leaders, and role models.  We try our best to live the life that we are teaching our students. And most importantly, we make our classes the most fun thing around! This is a full-time focus for us. Every student matters and every family is our number 1 priority.  We have a sincere caring for all of our students, and they can see it.  This feeling they have gets reciprocated and that rapport combined with an amazingly fun environment causes our students to truly buy-in to our teachings.  They really want to become the greater versions of themselves.  It is truly magical.


Sensei Ryan is a 5th Degree Black Belt who has been instructing and helping with kid’s classes for over 20 years.

We are one of only three Finalists for the About.com “2012 Best Martial Arts School West” Award!

The numbers have come in, and it is official.  Champion Martial Arts II in South Reno, NV has made it to the final round.  The competition was tough, but we were selected by the About.com team as one of only three finalists!  Please go to the following link to show your support for our school, and to show your support for our hometown, Reno, NV!  Plus we have to beat that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu school!

1. Click on the link below

Click Here – Best Martial Arts School West

2. We are on top, so click “Vote for Champion Martial Arts II” and then actually vote for us.  Thank you!


Sensei J. Ryan Cary

Best Karate School Finalist Badge - West Coast

The Way of the Little Ninja

At home, is there a way that a Little Ninja should act? What about at school? Does the Little Ninja show proper respect, discipline and an eagerness to become great? These answers will be discovered in the text to follow.

In ancient Japan, the working class citizens held one common characteristic; they were all fully dedicated to their trade or line of work. It was highly honorable to be considered a hard worker. If the man’s job was to make swords, then he would strive to be the best sword maker in the world. If the woman’s job was to gather rice from the field, tend to the garden and take care of the home, then she would be the best wife around. On the other hand, all citizens of this great society considered it to be dishonorable to be lazy and undisciplined.

American society today is slightly different from that of Ancient Japan. Some men tend to the home, while many women hold the high paying jobs. The focus, however, should not be any different. It doesn’t matter if a young lady wants to be a stay-at-home mom or a Big Business Owner; the way is always the same. The same holds true for men. The True Ninja strives to be the “Best” at whatever he or she chooses.

What about the Little Ninja? The Little Ninja has not yet made it into the harsh and unforgiving world we live in today. He or she is still in the learning phase; the growing phase. Does that mean that the Little Ninja has it easier than an adult Big Ninja? Is he or she allowed to take it easy and not care about the future? Of course the answer is no. The Little Ninja must work even harder than the Big Ninja do because the path to becoming a True Ninja is very long and difficult. Not everyone can become a True Ninja.

So what does it take to become a True Ninja? It takes hard work, dedication, respect for adults, discipline, honor and most importantly, persistence. Nothing is guaranteed in life. Everything a Little Ninja wants must be focused on and created. All Ninja create their own destiny. They get what they put into life.

Back to the first question, “Is there a way for a Little Ninja to act?” I think that we have proven that the answer is Yes. A Little Ninja that wants to become a True Ninja needs to always strive to become the best. Ninja are leaders. They don’t just follow and do whatever the crowd does. A Little Ninja also needs to be a great helper of everyone around. Whether this help is at home with parents, at school with teachers, or at Martial Arts class with the younger students. He or she will always do the right thing for the right reason.

Finally, a Little Ninja on the path to becoming a True Ninja will show proper respect for others (especially adults and people of authority), discipline and focus, and an eagerness to become great. A True Ninja does not do a mediocre job. He or she does not do a good job. The True Ninja does an outstanding job at whatever it is that he or she chooses to do. The Way of the Little Ninja starts and ends with the attitude that “No Matter What I Choose in Life, I Will Be the Best That I Can Be. I Will Strive to Become Great!” This laser focus is what transforms a Little Ninja into a True Ninja.

Sensei Ryan, Ninjitsu Instructor
Champion Martial Arts II
South Reno, NV

Jujitsu vs. Karate and Ninjitsu vs. Karate

What is the difference between Jujitsu and Karate?  What about Ninjitsu?

First of all, I would like to say that the three systems are like night and day.  Of course I am referring strictly to the techniques you learn and the approach to what it is that you are learning.  On the other hand, the Martial Arts as a whole promote the same things.  Before I move on, I would like to discuss what the similarities are.

  1. The Martial Arts are about growth and improvement of the total person
  2. Students learn all about respect.  Respect yourself, respect your teachers, respect your parents
  3. Learn to focus, improve your confidence and obtain a greater amount of self-esteem
  4. Finish! Getting a black belt in the Martial Arts is considered by many businesses to be a huge positive because it proves that the applicant finishes what he or she starts.
  5. The Martial Arts teach wholesome values and success skills
  6. Leadership. Each student gains the desire to become a confident leader in his or her life

After looking over this list, I guess it is necessary for me to compare the Martial Arts as a whole to other activities such as soccer, baseball, football, swimming, and any other sports.  I will make a point to do this comparison in my next blog post.  For now, I will maintain my focus and get back to Jujutsu / Ninjutsu vs. Karate.   (Note: The spellings can be changed from Jujitsu and Ninjitsu to Jiu-Jitsu, Jujutsu and Ninjutsu – I may change the spelling everyone once in a while just to change it up)

You say, “That is great Sensei Ryan, but how really is Jujitsu and Ninjitsu different from Karate?”  Let’s start with Jiu-Jitsu.

Jujitsu vs. Karate: Jujutsu is different from karate in that karate mainly teaches students punches and kicks.  Their system is almost 100% linear.  Most, if not all movements are performed in a solid, earthlike and static fashion.  In Karate you meet the opponents attack with your attack (a block) and then you attack your opponent.  In Jiu-Jitsu, you will do exactly the opposite.  The focus here is to use the opponents momentum against him.

Ninjitsu vs. Karate: Consider this, if you were a massive boulder (work with me here) what would you do.  Well, you wouldn’t move very much.  If anything made contact with you, it would most likely be damaged and you would be just fine.  If you rolled down a hill, you would roll in a straight line and everything would be destroyed in your path.  This is my assessment of Karate.  Effective and powerful but limited. However, what if you were the Pacific Ocean?  You would always be moving and always flowing.  At any moment you could flood an entire city.  Or what about the powerful wind?  To the naked eye you would not appear like much.  But when the time came, you could rip down buildings.  This is Ninjitsu.  Devastating like the ocean or wind, but calm and controlled when not provoked.  This is why Ninjutsu is reserved for our most advanced students who Want to learn it, and who are ready to learn it.

Please leave your comments below.  Everyone is welcome to post whether they agree or disagree with me.

Sensei Ryan

Champion Martial Arts

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