The Spiritual Side of Martial Arts Training

Tweet Ever since I was a boy, watching episodes of Kung Fu, I have been fascinated with the spiritual aspects of martial arts. It’s an interesting dichotomy that the pursuit of the arts of physical warfare can be tied so closely with contemplative and ecstatic practices. I started meditating as a boy at the beginning […]

The Difference Between Paranoia and Preparation

Tweet I encourage my students to train mentally with little imagination exercises they can  do when they’re out and about. When you go to a place that isn’t your home look for the exits, look for improvised weapons. When in the presence of other people, gauge their distance and imagine how you might react if […]

Why You Don’t Have a Black Belt

Tweet You’re lazy. The truth is, we’re all lazy. But some of us earn black belts while others don’t. Most people who try out a martial art quit after the first week or two. Why is that?

On a Root Cause Of Everything Evil – A Rant

Tweet I have a working theory (and feel free to disagree vigorously) that every social ill, every war, crime, genocide, etc. can be, in some way, linked back to a single root cause and that is poor self esteem. Fundamentally, human beings are hard wired to be social creatures. We survived, while Neanderthals died out, […]

Want to get tough fast?

Tweet Here’s my recipe for developing mental toughness. And no I haven’t been able to complete this myself … yet. 1. Walk into a quiet, unoccupied room and turn the lights off. 2. Sit down and close your eyes. 3. Do not move any part of your body – except for allowing the normal breathing […]

Your Excuses Suck

Tweet A few years ago, a rather well known individual in the community confronted me publicly about a wrong that he thought I had done to him. He got in my face both figuratively and literally. I was taken aback at first, as I really was unaware of the situation, and definitely did not do […]

What Does Black Belt Mean?

Tweet Many martial arts schools today focus on belt-rank as an end goal. They have black-belt clubs, accelerated black-belt training, etc. That’s fine, and I’m sure most give good instruction. I take issue with the view that a black belt – or any rank should be an end-goal. The myth that the black belt makes […]

Martial Alchemy™

Tweet In the Western world, the practice of alchemy has a long history as predecessor to modern chemistry (it’s where we get the name), school shrouded in mystery, and practice persecuted as pseudoscience or blasphemy by the powers that be. Outwardly, alchemists main goal was to produce the philosopher’s stone, a substance rumored to be […]

The Power of Decision

Tweet Making a decision is a powerful mental process. In fact the word “decision” is a nominalization, the turning of a process verb into a noun. A decision is static – set in stone, unlike the process of deciding. This is an important distinction. When you decide something, you draw the proverbial line in the […]

Couch Potato Training Plan

Tweet It’s been said that the hardest part of martial arts training is getting into the car. I have seen this first hand when 11 people tell me they are coming to train and 2 show up. I don’t take it personally when people tell me they were “busy” or there was “traffic” or whatever. […]

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