TAO OF TODD

THE TAO OF TODD


In 1996 I started Team HK Jiu-Jitsu. The HK stands for Hiroi Kokoro, which means Open Minded. This principle is the foundation of my way (Tao). Hiroi Kokoro is the foundation of my life philosophically, and provides the base for the rest of my beliefs.


HIROI KOKORO


One of Bruce Lee's famous quotes is "Empty your mind, be formless, Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend." Bruce, a philosophy student took and old Chinese proverb and made the foundation of his art. In a similar fashion Hiroi Kokoro is my foundation.


TRADITION AND SHARING


A goal in my life is to pass on the tradition of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. One might think that this is a conflict with Hiroi Kokoro, but it is not. In my Academy I pass on the traditions of the art that the Gracie Family has passed on to me, but I do so with an open mind. I teach the traditional techniques, and pass on the traditional philosophies behind the art, but I also teach, and demonstrate, how the art has evolved. The art has evolved not only because of the passage of time, and the advent of MMA, but also the art has evolved as a result of different body types, and different cultures.


THE WHOLE


There are many schools, and instructors, that teach one thing. There are, for example, schools that focus on MMA, and others on sport Jiu-Jitsu. I believe in passing on all the aspects of the art from self-defense, to sport Jiu-Jitsu, while incorporating a significant strength and conditioning routine.
Our curriculum embodies the whole and specific classes, and parts of the classes, are the parts that make up the whole. Our normal classes are 1 hour with an hour after class made available for open mat/training.


TEAM AND FAMILY


Team HK is both a team, and a family. The individuals, that are a part of Team HK, are on their own paths to achieving their personal goals through the art of Jiu-Jitsu, and the philosophy behind Team HK binds us all together.

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ACADEMY CLOSURE UPDATE 9/30/2020!!!

The Academy will remain closed until further notice due to state orders. Classes are still being held online through Zoom. Coach Todd was featured on KHON2 last night and this morning. He will also be meeting with other small business owners on October 7th to discuss our frustrations and possible solutions. We will be featured on Hawaii News Now that day or at a later time. 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support through this time.

ACADEMY CLOSURE CONTINUED!!!

The Academy will remain closed this week and possibly until September 4th due to the guidelines made by the Mayor stating that "group classes" are prohibited. If we can think of a legal way to reopen the doors to our students before that date, we will do so. Until then all classes will be held on Zoom again, but this time we have teamed up with some of our other Relson Gracie Associations and added more classes for you to learn from. You will get to learn from the other instructors from our…

ACADEMY CLOSURE FOR THE WEEKEND!!!

The Academy will be closed "this weekend" due to the 2nd Shutdown issued by the State. The guidelines that have been announced are confusing and have not been issued in a written format.
 
So we will have class tonight and then close down for "this weekend" while we await further guidelines from…

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