Archives for October 2012

BJJ in Korea: Barbosa Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Martial arts is everywhere in Korea.  There is no style that you can't find.  Though I've been training mostly at my local judo school, I've had many opportunities to venture out to visit the premier … [Read more...]

My Judo School in Korea – Founded the Year of Korean Independence

I happen to be very fortunate to have a very historic judo school just blocks from my apartment in Korea.  It is very traditional and a fantastic place to learn judo and make lasting friendships. … [Read more...]

Being Loved on for My Birthday

Today is my birthday.  Yahoy!  My co-teachers got me a nice Paris Baguette cheesecake to remember me.  I have many good things to say about my school in Korea, but for sure they've … [Read more...]

What to Bring to Korea and What to Leave Behind

Leading up to my much anticipated departure to Korea, I was wondering what I should pack.  The more I read or watched, the more I found that I wasn't sure what items would be in Korea and what … [Read more...]

Learning Korean: Allow Myself to Introduce … Myself

Growing up in New Hampshire there was really no need to learn to speak the Korean language.  There are no Koreans there!  Being the youngest of three boys, by the time I came around my mother had … [Read more...]

Is Corporal Punishment Good or Bad?

Just the other day I had a class that would try the most even-keeled person.  The students were rowdy, getting up and walking around as they pleased.  The surprising part of it was that they were the … [Read more...]

Teach English in Korea: 6 Tips for a Successful Interview

When it comes to getting any job, the interview is likely the most important part of the entire process.  It's no different with getting into Korea to teach English.  I believe there are universal … [Read more...]

Is Facial Hair OK in Korea? I've been growing a goatee since summer break.  One thing is for sure though, there has been a lot of "reaction" to it by my students and teachers.  In … [Read more...]

Behold … Real K-Pop

I am not a big fan of K-pop music.  I think it sounds great and all but it's for the youngins, not ajushis like me!  I know about many of the groups and popular songs though because I'm bombarded each … [Read more...]

My Apartment in Busan, South Korea

My apartment history is an interesting one.  The first apartment I had left a lot of room for improvement.  It was on the third floor and the stairs leading up to that floor were very small, only … [Read more...]