"I consider it a sacred trust: helping to mold character, instill productive principles and values, and provide a positive example to those under my supervision." - Anthony Rockwell
Mr. Rockwell has been featured in Eden Prairie News and the Star/Tribune as a prominent member and business person in the community. He started karate in the summer of June 1983, at age seventeen. After earning his 1st Degree Black Belt on January 21, 1987, he immediately began instructing martial arts.
He holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in American Tae Kwon Do. He began his competitive career shortly thereafter and earned many state, regional and national champion titles. He competed in championships in forms, weapons, and sparring throughout the country and abroad. In 1997, he retired from competition to focus on his students. After a 10 year layoff of competition he returned to win first place in forms, weapons and sparring in Green Bay (Oct, 07).
In 2004, Mr. Rockwell was inducted in the U.S.A. Martial Arts hall of fame and was awarded the American Tae Kwon Do Master of the year.
He understands that each student is unique and has individual goals. Mr. Rockwell feels that it is not what you get in life that is important, but what you become in the process. He has seen children and adults grow, become more disciplined, and enjoy the sport of karate. He has promoted hundreds of children and adults to the rank of Black Belt and above.
He has an Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Capella University. He received his BA Degree from Augsburg College. He also completed CorePower Yoga's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 and is a Registered Yoga teacher (RYT).
Mr. Rockwell: “The Sensei”
The relationship of a sensei to the dojo (School) is very difficult to define, as it encompasses many varying aspects of life. The sensei must flow through the student in many levels of communication and reach to the far corners of the student’s life. A sensei is a father and at times a mother; motivates and chastises. A sensei, though different, is the same as everyone else; he is human, in control and deserves respect, though he has traveled along upon the “DO” or “way”.
A sensei should be a good teacher by conveying, at the correct time, the appropriate knowledge in the best possible manner to the student and must be able to see the students and their problem, as he always will be impartial. A sensei shows no favor, indeed as progression is attained, he becomes harder on those that progress. He is kind but firm to the beginner on the path.
The sensei advises, in an appropriate manner, in the inner spiritual aspects of the art and always lends a friendly ear. He listens attentively as they tend to categorize him into either a teacher or a friend. He is neither, but both and more. He sees a student in a free way, unmoved by the eternal face or appearance and he helps in the best way befitting a student. If he is to be hard, he is so; to be soft, also he is so. But always it is in the best interest of the student, for the sensei’s heart is forever with them.
Often a sensei may test his students by taking a view opposed to theirs and then study their reactions. Silence is often the best form of praise that a sensei will give to his students. He will note what affects the students in and out of the dojo, how they act to their friends, their family, their work and will act upon the students accordingly.
The sensei will challenge the students wholeheartedly to see if they are worthy, say nothing when he should speak volumes. He is king when there is no apparent reason. He may be tyrannous or compassionate, but through all these externals his heart is still with his students. He listens when they speak but can see the inner reasons for their speech: he is unmoved but can move. The sensei is forever active, even in a subdued way. He gives while others take, and asks no reward, save proficiency of mind and body. He is sad, sometimes happy, let down and often abused, but he forever holds to the way, for that is his life.
When moods change outside, the sensei does not, but can adapt at will and still maintain the highest ideals and principles. He persists when there is not apparent reason that is why he is a sensei. On the average it takes 2000 Black Belts to produce one (1) worthwhile sensei.
If you have one - take care of him.
Watch Mr. Rockwell fighting at the last tournament in Green Bay. This was for the Grand championship!