Tuesday, June 29, 2010


There's a lot involved in good training... but the most important thing is to simply get out there and do it. We sometimes say that "only perfect practice makes perfect" and it's easy to make the leap from that to "if I can't train perfectly, I shouldn't train." Nothing could be further from the truth!

We all have days that our energy isn't there or stuff distracts us and the monkeys rule the brain. Those are sometimes the most important days to train! Do something... Force yourself to do a drill, review a form, practice your stance... DO SOMETHING! Why? First, training often fixes those issues for you... Second, reality doesn't give us warning and time to be psyched up and ready. Learning to work through those periods in training gives you the tools to work through them in reality. Finally, repetitions count... "Perfect training" is training done properly, with the right technique and principles... not being in a perfect mood or mindset.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Welcome to the blog site of Piedmont Bando of Northern Virginia.

You'll read posts here by any of our instructors -- and occasionally by others -- that we hope will help your training, offer insights, or just be of interest. Some will be short -- others longer. They may be prompted by real life experiences, or by stuff that happens in the training hall. While they'll generally be related to the martial arts, and especially the art of Bando... we might surprise you sometimes.

If you're interested in training with us, get in touch. Visitors and prospective students are welcome.