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.
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.
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.