April142014
Train. Sweat. Repeat.

Train. Sweat. Repeat.

April52014
Energy is a powerful tool. Properly directed energy will give you strength and power. Misdirected energy will bog you down and make you weak. In class, we feed off of each other’s energy - negative or positive. The collective subconscious directs the flow and intensity. Master it. Control it. Dictate the direction.

Energy is a powerful tool. Properly directed energy will give you strength and power. Misdirected energy will bog you down and make you weak. In class, we feed off of each other’s energy - negative or positive. The collective subconscious directs the flow and intensity. Master it. Control it. Dictate the direction.

March302014
Proper respect isn’t always taught or followed properly in the martial arts, which is unfortunate. Tradition must be adhered to.
It is important for one to act in a manner that is deserving of respect. Some practitioners gain it through their seniority, while others earn it through their actions.
Do both.
Devote the time to earn the rank but also be a good practitioner - in mind, body and spirit. Be tough. Be knowledgeable. Be honorable. Be worthy.

Proper respect isn’t always taught or followed properly in the martial arts, which is unfortunate. Tradition must be adhered to.

It is important for one to act in a manner that is deserving of respect. Some practitioners gain it through their seniority, while others earn it through their actions.

Do both.

Devote the time to earn the rank but also be a good practitioner - in mind, body and spirit. Be tough. Be knowledgeable. Be honorable. Be worthy.

March222014
Can you ever truly master a technique? Is achieving martial arts perfection even possible? Why do so many “masters” continue to train?
Those who continually strive for excellence are more likely to succeed than those who believe they’ve already achieved it.

Can you ever truly master a technique? Is achieving martial arts perfection even possible? Why do so many “masters” continue to train?

Those who continually strive for excellence are more likely to succeed than those who believe they’ve already achieved it.

March142014
Experiencing a deep sense of pain is inevitable in your martial arts training. Injuries, excessive overuse, and uncontrolled partners are just some of the obstacles longtime karateka encounter while practicing their art. Adaptation becomes essential. Your training will transform in direct correlation to what your body is capable of achieving.
But don’t mistake being old or injured with weakness. While flying, spinning jump kicks may disappear from your repertoire, wisdom, strategy and cunning will take their place. Superfluous techniques will be replaced by direct, no-nonsense attacks. As the body ages, the mind does what it must to protect itself. That’s why so many older masters are still able to teach, train, and even thrive.

Experiencing a deep sense of pain is inevitable in your martial arts training. Injuries, excessive overuse, and uncontrolled partners are just some of the obstacles longtime karateka encounter while practicing their art. Adaptation becomes essential. Your training will transform in direct correlation to what your body is capable of achieving.

But don’t mistake being old or injured with weakness. While flying, spinning jump kicks may disappear from your repertoire, wisdom, strategy and cunning will take their place. Superfluous techniques will be replaced by direct, no-nonsense attacks. As the body ages, the mind does what it must to protect itself. That’s why so many older masters are still able to teach, train, and even thrive.

March72014
If your timing is off, you’re vulnerable and you can get hurt. You may also hurt someone else. In life and on the mat, make sure you get your timing right.

If your timing is off, you’re vulnerable and you can get hurt. You may also hurt someone else. In life and on the mat, make sure you get your timing right.

March12014
The arm swings in an arc, the sword an extension of self. The weapon is lethal, yet its movements beautiful - sweeping, fluid, fast.

The arm swings in an arc, the sword an extension of self. The weapon is lethal, yet its movements beautiful - sweeping, fluid, fast.

February222014
If you’re a serious martial artist, you go to class even though you don’t want to. Maybe you’re sore from training or you have a headache. There are plenty of excuses. Yet you have the mental fortitude to make it to practice. That’s what separates you from the guy who doesn’t have the commitment or perseverance to stick to a rigorous training schedule.  Do you think an attacker will wait until you’re ready to strike?

If you’re a serious martial artist, you go to class even though you don’t want to. Maybe you’re sore from training or you have a headache. There are plenty of excuses. Yet you have the mental fortitude to make it to practice. That’s what separates you from the guy who doesn’t have the commitment or perseverance to stick to a rigorous training schedule.  Do you think an attacker will wait until you’re ready to strike?

February152014
As a martial artist you’re expected to be ready in all conditions. Have you trained outside in winter? A uniform offers little protection against the snow and wind. Your extremities burn from the cold searing through your knuckles and toes. Your mind struggles to focus on technique as it works to warm itself. There is no trick to overcoming the pain. You must center yourself, push past the inevitable wall and move forward. The more conditioning you do, the more the mind and body will adapt.

As a martial artist you’re expected to be ready in all conditions. Have you trained outside in winter? A uniform offers little protection against the snow and wind. Your extremities burn from the cold searing through your knuckles and toes. Your mind struggles to focus on technique as it works to warm itself. There is no trick to overcoming the pain. You must center yourself, push past the inevitable wall and move forward. The more conditioning you do, the more the mind and body will adapt.

February82014
What kind of martial artist do you want to be? A self-defense expert? A champion competitor? A teacher? Do you follow the way? Do you pass your knowledge on to others?
What will be your legacy?

What kind of martial artist do you want to be? A self-defense expert? A champion competitor? A teacher? Do you follow the way? Do you pass your knowledge on to others?

What will be your legacy?

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