I am Master Mikel Steenrod. Long before I moved to Flagstaff and started teaching martial arts, I lived in upstate New York. I want to tell you how I discovered my knack for teaching and coaching as a 7 year old, growing up in rural, farm community.
One evening a neighborhood friend, Steven, was getting ready to leave my house and walk back up the dirt road to his house for supper.
Steven was 5 and hadn’t yet learned to tie his shoes. He squatted at the door. The laces in his hand. He struggled with them. His face was twisted in frustration.
My mother was getting ready to tie his shoes for him, but I stopped her.
I knew that I could teach him how to tie his shoes. He was blending some of the steps together. Steven was trying to tie his shoes the way his sisters had taught him–the rabbit and hole method. His brain wasn’t learning it that way. It was still caught up in seeing shoe tying as one big lump.
I understood his struggle and knew I could help him. I broke up the shoe tying method in a way that he could wrap his head around. Bam! He had it! From that day forward, he was able to tie his shoes.
A Maniac is Born
At 7, I discovered that I had a knack for taking things that people found very hard and making them doable. I also discovered that when a person latches on to something in a way that his brain can understand, does he ever get good at it.
Steven became a shoe tying maniac! He would even tie other people’s shoes!
Martial arts is vital for safety and fitness, and I have also never seen any physical exercise ever approach qi gong in its ability to heal and calm a person.
That’s not why I started a school, though. I teach martial arts and qi gong, because I believe in it. I have not seen anyone that was not bettered as a person when they got the right coaching and had the right experiences. Everyone becomes their own special shoe tying maniac.
Water Mountain is built around the idea of making impossible things doable in easy to understand steps. All the school’s coaches are trained to use this principle.
When you’ve been in a situation like little Steven, where you know that there is a good way, a simple way to do it, but you need the special eye to help get you there. Then you know what Water Mountain can do for you.
Make A Wise Choice About Martial Arts
The learning curve is steep if you want to get into training. There a lot of things to know, and a lot of decisions to make.
Let me help you with that. Using my over 30 years of experience, I’ve prepared a special walk-through, email course that explains all the basics to you, so you can make a wise training decision.
Free Course For You
When I wrote this course, my internet manager, Henry (an old friend), said to me, “You know, this is great, but they might use it to go somewhere else.”
Yes, Henry, they might.
You may well discover that you are suited for training in a program that I don’t offer.
My purpose is to create martial art and qi gong maniacs. If that’s not here in Flagstaff or Water Mountain then that is just fine as long as you’re on your way to becoming a happy and excited maniac.
I do hope you’ll remember where you got the good advice, though, and recommend others to me.
Let’s Pull Away the Curtain from this Mystery and Get You the Information You Need to Make an Informed Decision!
To the Best You,
P.S. Avoid the potential embarrassment of going to the wrong school or getting in over your head. Why not learn about training in the privacy of your own home, so you can make a decision that will fill you with happiness?
P.P.S. Your personal information is kept private at all times.
The Free course that gives you nine things…
Right off the bat, get simple, usable descriptions of the different types of martial arts.
Tells you what qi gong does and why you want its amazing health and emotional benefits in your life.
Demystifies what mental benefits you can expect from training.
Turns vague training feelings into concrete goals.
Provides simple tools to determine what type of body and mind you have and why it is vital to your happiness to know that type!
Reveals what will cause you serious injury when the art you choose is a poor match.
Shows you what will make you happy in your training and what will make you miserable.
Delves into the taboo subject of spirituality in training.
Eliminates confusion over how training in martial arts or qi gong can become a lifelong path to having a strong, fit body and a balanced life.