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.

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.

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