By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

January 19, 2020

I’ve tried to keep track of the students I’ve taught martial arts to over the past 40 years or so.

One thing that surfaces time and again is the relation between junior high and high school club activities and their reaching their full potentials. I’ve taught students who were bright and brilliant academically in their elementary school years go on to junior high and join a school club that dominated their time to the point where they had no time to study.

Some junior high and high school club teachers feel that their club has to produce Olympic athletes and be the best in the country no matter what the cost. I can immediately think of two ex-students who suffered permanent injuries as a result of this kind of thinking and a host of others who never made it into college as a result of excessive training that left them too tired to study.

I don’t know if participation in club activities is mandatory, but from listening to sixth graders it seems to be something that all of them regard as an activity that they have to participate in.

Perhaps it’s time for schools to create a “do-nothing club” like a “write your name and you’re done” club.








English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers