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.

June132014
Regardless of your rank, think of each class as another beginning.  Enter the dojang with the intention of adding something new to your skill set. Even if it’s a basic class, don’t assume you’ve done it all before. Pick out the details. Analyze your technique. Perfect your motions. Do not be complacent.

Regardless of your rank, think of each class as another beginning.  Enter the dojang with the intention of adding something new to your skill set. Even if it’s a basic class, don’t assume you’ve done it all before. Pick out the details. Analyze your technique. Perfect your motions. Do not be complacent.

June32014
Be the type of martial artist you admire. Have humility, show strength, demonstrate dedication. Be a mentor and a tough training partner. Follow up, follow through and practice like your life depends on it.

Be the type of martial artist you admire. Have humility, show strength, demonstrate dedication. Be a mentor and a tough training partner. Follow up, follow through and practice like your life depends on it.

May252014
Martial artists train to protect themselves and their loved ones. Take a moment this weekend to remember those men and women who protected our freedom - and those who continue to do so.

Martial artists train to protect themselves and their loved ones. Take a moment this weekend to remember those men and women who protected our freedom - and those who continue to do so.

May182014
A star student loses his first sparring match at a recent tournament. When his teacher asks him what he needs to do to better, he responds, “Spar more.” 
A man competes knowing he won’t beat the national champions in his division.
A child with anxiety performs in front of high-ranking masters.
These are martial artists.

A star student loses his first sparring match at a recent tournament. When his teacher asks him what he needs to do to better, he responds, “Spar more.” 

A man competes knowing he won’t beat the national champions in his division.

A child with anxiety performs in front of high-ranking masters.

These are martial artists.

May92014
Practicing in a dojo or dojang is necessary, but it’s an artificial and controlled environment. You must be able to adapt to conditions.
Enrich your martial arts training by breaking up your routine. Train outside. Do forms in your living room (around the coffee table or arm chair). Think about how you would defend yourself while cornered in a doorway or stuck in an elevator.
Constantly ask yourself, ‘What can I do to intensify my training?’

Practicing in a dojo or dojang is necessary, but it’s an artificial and controlled environment. You must be able to adapt to conditions.

Enrich your martial arts training by breaking up your routine. Train outside. Do forms in your living room (around the coffee table or arm chair). Think about how you would defend yourself while cornered in a doorway or stuck in an elevator.

Constantly ask yourself, ‘What can I do to intensify my training?’

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