September122014
Many people seek to find themselves through martial arts, and they depend on their teachers to show them the way. An instructor may offer guidance, but ultimately the answer is within.

Many people seek to find themselves through martial arts, and they depend on their teachers to show them the way. An instructor may offer guidance, but ultimately the answer is within.

September22014
The “art” in martial arts is sometimes overlooked. There is a profound beauty in the execution of martial technique. The fluidity of arms, legs, kicks and punches can be enthralling. The snapping action of a joint lock, the speed of a spin kick, and the circular motion of a forward roll are just some of the elements that can captivate. It’s proof that beauty can be deadly.

The “art” in martial arts is sometimes overlooked. There is a profound beauty in the execution of martial technique. The fluidity of arms, legs, kicks and punches can be enthralling. The snapping action of a joint lock, the speed of a spin kick, and the circular motion of a forward roll are just some of the elements that can captivate. It’s proof that beauty can be deadly.

August222014
What connects you to the martial arts? Certainly your instructor and the other students make you feel like you belong. But what really keeps you training? Is it the historical aspects of the art? Is it the pounding your muscles take during each training session? Perhaps it’s the energy you feel, share and absorb when you practice? Feeling connected in your training is essential to retention, and that bond is crucial in the learning process. Do whatever it takes to maintain that connection.

What connects you to the martial arts? Certainly your instructor and the other students make you feel like you belong. But what really keeps you training? Is it the historical aspects of the art? Is it the pounding your muscles take during each training session? Perhaps it’s the energy you feel, share and absorb when you practice? Feeling connected in your training is essential to retention, and that bond is crucial in the learning process. Do whatever it takes to maintain that connection.

August132014
Learn your martial arts roots. It’s important to understand how your art was passed down through generations and if, how, and why it changed over time. Do not dismiss the connection you have with your forefathers. Study the history. Embrace the past, and relate it to the present. Who you are as a martial artist is a reflection of those who have gone before us. Make them proud.

Learn your martial arts roots. It’s important to understand how your art was passed down through generations and if, how, and why it changed over time. Do not dismiss the connection you have with your forefathers. Study the history. Embrace the past, and relate it to the present. Who you are as a martial artist is a reflection of those who have gone before us. Make them proud.

August42014
Some martial artists are hobbyists. They go to class and get promoted. Some quit and start doing crossFit. Others stick it out to black belt and then suddenly find themselves too busy to continue training.
Then there are the lifers. Practice is their medicine. Practice is their sustenance. Practice is in their blood. What kind of martial artist are you?

Some martial artists are hobbyists. They go to class and get promoted. Some quit and start doing crossFit. Others stick it out to black belt and then suddenly find themselves too busy to continue training.

Then there are the lifers. Practice is their medicine. Practice is their sustenance. Practice is in their blood.

What kind of martial artist are you?

July252014
Adding visualization to your skill set will enhance your training. Don’t just physically execute a technique - imagine doing it in advance.
When you’re not at the dojang, think about the individual movements in your forms. Before breaking a board, envision your fist going through it. Prior to attempting a dive roll, picture yourself flipping over. 
Visualize then execute.

Adding visualization to your skill set will enhance your training. Don’t just physically execute a technique - imagine doing it in advance.

When you’re not at the dojang, think about the individual movements in your forms. Before breaking a board, envision your fist going through it. Prior to attempting a dive roll, picture yourself flipping over.

Visualize then execute.

July182014
"Not all closed eye is sleeping, nor open eye is seeing."

"Not all closed eye is sleeping, nor open eye is seeing."

July102014
An important aspect of martial arts training is mindfulness. We must be aware of, and embrace, what’s happening in the moment. Experience, feel, and digest the here and now. Accept the present.

An important aspect of martial arts training is mindfulness. We must be aware of, and embrace, what’s happening in the moment. Experience, feel, and digest the here and now. Accept the present.

July22014
"Discipline — doing what needs to be done when you don’t want to do it."
When you go to class after a long day at work or school, you have good discipline. When you assist with testing on a beautiful Saturday morning, you have good discipline. Any time you give up other things to practice, you have good discipline.The sacrifices you make for training will be worth it.

"Discipline — doing what needs to be done when you don’t want to do it."

When you go to class after a long day at work or school, you have good discipline. When you assist with testing on a beautiful Saturday morning, you have good discipline. Any time you give up other things to practice, you have good discipline.The sacrifices you make for training will be worth it.

June252014
Summer fever strikes strong, and you must tap into your self-discipline and get to class. While it’s easy to get caught up in the gentle breezes and impressive sunsets of the season, remember your martial arts goals. Train hard and often. Go sightseeing on your day off.

Summer fever strikes strong, and you must tap into your self-discipline and get to class. While it’s easy to get caught up in the gentle breezes and impressive sunsets of the season, remember your martial arts goals. Train hard and often. Go sightseeing on your day off.

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