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Martial Arts In The Workplace

What is "Martial Arts in the Workplace"?

“Martial Arts In The Workplace” uses thousand-year-old-training concepts to transform entry-level employees into engaged team members.  A separate course, designed specifically for first-time team leaders and supervisors, will focus on how to create and maintain that level of engagement on the job.

Labor is almost always the biggest expense in business; whether it’s the biggest asset or the biggest headache is frequently a matter of expectations.  The place where the concepts of martial arts and engaged employees come together is first in the mind.  Techniques and training, and having the right tools all matter, of course, but the true foundation is the expectation of excellence – AS DEFINED BY THE EMPLOYER – in both employees and management.

High schools (and even colleges) are institutions that exist almost exclusively for the benefit of the student.  Businesses have a different set of priorities, and if the new employee (even subconsciously) brings the school mindset into the workplace, conflict is inevitable.  Indeed, many of the problems that employers deal with regularly – texting and socializing on the clock, C-grade performance of tasks, treating customers casually (or even poorly) – are actually only symptoms of the real problem; focusing on their own priorities ahead of the companies.

Martial arts, at its most basic, is the training of the mind to function at a high level when it matters the most.  In conflict, the calm, focused mind – with a clear objective – will usually prevail, and this is true in business as well.  The body is trained to channel an opponent’s force; to re-direct it, or re-apply it as needed, and the employee is trained to take the hustle and bustle of business and create satisfied customers.

About Tony Barker

My expertise is transformational thinking.  I use martial arts concepts to help young people make the transition from school to the workplace, and first-time supervisors shift from employees to leaders.

I’m a black belt in Kajukembo, a former manager of businesses from manufacturing to radio (both corporate and “mom and pop” operations), and have been performing music and comedy for over thirty years on stage and in radio.  I feel strongly that my combination of business experience, martial arts “mystique” and entertainment value will place me in a rare position to be of useful service to young people and the businesses that hire them.

I would like to gratefully acknowledge my Instructor, Master James Cox of Premier Martial Arts.  He’s been a friend and mentor for over twenty years, and I strongly encourage anyone in the Big Country area to enroll and particularly enroll your kids.  In my opinion, having Mr. Cox in your child’s life is the single biggest advantage you can give your kids.  His Abilene number is (325) 676-2696.