The BMA is now 10 years strong!
We’re proud to have been part of the Baywood-Los Osos community for a decade now, and we look forward to the next 10 years.
Located in downtown Baywood, our dojo has become a hub for locals interested in the martial arts.
Many a friendship has formed here as people learn and grow together in the supportive, fun atmosphere Mr. B. promotes.
Founder and instructor Randal Bodlak has been training in the martial arts for 35 years and holds instructor ranks in Kenpo, Tai Chi, and Escrima.
In 2001 he returned to his hometown of Los Osos with his beautiful wife and daughter to teach and share his love of the martial arts.
Mr. B. continues to explore various styles and systems, always refining and passing on to his students the best, most effective elements that he finds.
The trappings of one’s chosen art—uniforms, belts, weapons, patches, even the training hall—are not what hold the essence of martial arts. Nor are the skills and ability to inflict injury what make a martial artist. The true heart of martial arts is in the self-respect, self-discipline, honesty, longevity, and shrinking of ego that come with its practice.
There is no art or style that is superior. It is the individual who makes the art complete. Like all things in life, you only get out what you put in. The way is in the training. The study of martial arts is a lifelong journey of practice, patience, and perseverance.
Bayside Martial Arts exists to help people of all ages to develop their mind, body, and spirit through quality instruction in the martial arts.
On Black Belts
Black belt. What’s behind the mystique of the black belt? Who wears the belt and how different is that person from the “average” individual? Are black belts superhuman? Lethal weapons? Spiritual gurus? Or just people who have a degree in higher education, much the same as a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a university? Are they athletes, performers, fighters, or philosophers?
Perhaps they are a bit of all of the above to varying degrees, depending on individual personality and training.
Technically, the black belt is considered the “teacher’s belt,” and although black belts are continually learning at their own level, their primary responsibility is to teach others.
Choosing a School
When choosing a martial arts school, first look at the head instructor. How long has he or she been practicing their art? Are they professional or part-time? What are their goals for training and progressing in the arts? Is the person wearing the black belt a likable human being, or arrogant and self-important?
Next, be sure to observe a class or two and watch how the instructor and students interact. If an introductory class or plan is available, take it to see firsthand. Never base your decision solely on the word of the black belt. Talk to his or her students as well.
Lastly, simply start training. Set reasonable goals for yourself. Don’t go in looking to be a black belt. Train to get in better shape physically, mentally, and emotionally. And most important: enjoy!
Rules & Rituals
1. Respect yourself, your classmates, and your teacher.
2. Never use your skills outside of class.
3. Always bow when entering and leaving the studio and the mat.
4. Don’t use weapons or equipment without permission and do not sit on bags.
5. Never put your belt on the floor or wear it in public.
6. Do not use foul language, bring food, or wear shoes in the training area.
7. Practice, patience, and perseverance.