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    Help! My child doesn’t want to follow the rules…

    I had a great conversation recently with a mom whose child was having challenges staying on the mat. Every few minutes he would run off the mat to his mother to get a drink, or talk about how he didn’t like a particular exercise or game.  She was doing her best to fight her frustration and encourage him to get back on the mat, but he kept coming back … This is very common for this time of year. Back to school time can be a difficult transition for younger kids…and very trying for parents.   Read More...

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    Choosing Loyalty Wisely

    Humans are a unique and interesting kind of creature. They champion both conformity and individuality. Teamwork and self-reliance.   Read More...

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    You Have No Hold On Me

      "If you love life, don't waste time. For time is what life is made up of." - Bruce Lee Time is the one resource we are all given, just for existing. Everyone must choose how to spend their time.   Read More...

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    In Case of Emergency

      If you have been on a plane, you have heard the monologue.  "In case of emergency, the oxygen masks will deploy overhead. Put your own mask on first, before assisting the person next to you."  The reason for this is quite obvious.  If you don't put your own mask on first, you may run out of time to put it on after helping someone else. What you may not have realized, however, is that this concept can be applied to every day life.   Read More...

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    What Martial Arts is NOT

       Everyone knows that failure can halt your progress, but if you allow it to, success can keep you just as stagnant. What does it mean to be a martial artist? Ask five different experts and they will tell you five different things.   Read More...

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    The Tree of Training

      I recently got to spend some quality time with my Mentor and Instructor Guro Harley Elmore. Much of what I have written here is from his lectures and lessons. Very few martial artists practice or train on a full time basis.   Read More...

  • What are You Fighting For?

      Are you familiar with the sheepdog concept? Renowned author Lt. Col.   Read More...

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    Where are the Heroes? - Pt 2

    In my last article, I talked about gaining strength by following the example of fictional heroes. However, there are of course heroes in real life as well. These are the men and women who are out there making a real difference and impact on their world.   Read More...

  • Where are the Heroes? Part 1

      When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A ninja? A pirate?   Read More...

  • Staying Sharp

      "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."(Proverbs 27:17)   As with so many other lessons in my life, this was a spiritual truth that I learned through a physical trial. When I was around 13 years old, I was a part of a young men's group at my church that was run like a boot camp. Every week had some kind of physical and spiritual challenge.   Read More...

  • Through the Fire

    I still remember my first day walking into a martial arts school- the same one I train and teach at 15 years later. At just five years old, i was possibly more shy than any kid I have ever met. I remember hiding behind my Dad's leg, unsure of what to think about the class going on in front of me.   Read More...

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    The Beekeeper that Conquered the World

    In 1953 a beekeeper ascended to the top of the world. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world's highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions.  The ascent of Everest was considered the last of Earth's great challenges.   Read More...

  • The Cycle of Courtesy

    The coaches and I have been speaking in the classes this month about Courtesy, “treating others with kindness and respect”. In teaching & talking about courtesy with our students over the last several years, I’ve found that there are two major pieces that are important to understand. The Cycle of Courtesy, and the Ripple effect.  The Cycle of Courtesy As with any character trait, courtesy begins with me.   Read More...

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    The Unstoppable Force of Failure

    Failure is an unstoppable force. When you make a mistake or fall short, your failures tend to hang over your head and bear down on you. But if you allow your failure to do this, it puts a limit on how successful you can be.   Read More...

  • A Champion's Courtesy

    There is no better place to see the values of courtesy and respect at work than in the martial arts. A great venue to test the true character of a man is when you put him head-to-head against a similarly skilled opponent. Stress, fear, fatigue, pain, and excitement all work to break down the character of a fighter when they enter the ring, cage, or mat.   Read More...

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