5 Ways Martial Arts Can Change the World

If you think your contribution to martial arts does not matter, think again. You are keeping our world moving in the right direction. 1.Leadership Children who learn martial arts will be children who have leadership core values. When you practice martial art skills, even as a child, you face your weaknesses and your fears and overcome. This promotes a feeling of empowerment that carries forth into your life and the world around you. Our world is full of strife. If we can use the tenets of martial arts, such as integrity, humility and indomitable spirit, plus focus, discipline, and determination...

Find Freedom In Who You Are

I finally realized after I turned 50 years old a few years, who I really am. It was a combination of the writer that I have been since ten years of age, and the martial arts I began to learn when I was 26. So many years of my life seemed to pass until I finally allowed myself to be happy about who I was and to fully engage my gifts and talents. Does this story sound familiar? You may be in the midst of your life wondering if there is more, or why you do not feel fulfilled. Focusing...

Life Upside Down

Have you ever opened your eyes to a new day and thought, “Life feels upside down?” Maybe someone said something to shake you up, hurt your feelings, or even hated you for whatever reason? Perhaps someone you trusted even disclosed your personal conversation to others. There are some days that will not turn out the way that you expect. How can you save the day before it falls into the depths of ruin? First things first. You cannot control the actions, thoughts, or words of others. They can say what they please. After all, we have freedom of speech and...

The Martial Art Sisterhood

There is an unspoken layer of family in martial arts. It is quiet, privileged, and appears more readily in moments of crisis, but can reveal itself in everyday martial art matters, too. Women martial artists of all walks, rank, background and nationalities share it. “Thank you, sister,” one of them says. “Great photos, sister,” another says. It is the sisterhood, and it exists because it is linked by femininity, womanhood, and martial arts. Its fibers run deep, like the strongest of ropes. When a woman martial artist realizes that for the first time another woman has called her “sister,” she...

Change Your Life in One Day

Many people think that nothing great can happen in one day. I like to think that many great things can happen in one single day. Nothing occurs, of course, without effort, positivity, and a plan. With these three things, you can create your new forward-thinking, thought-provoking, success-seeking life in only one day. Being Positive is Step One  You can twist and turn this in any direction you would like, but if you are not positive, you are already thwarting your efforts to live your very best life ever. Think of positivity as one of the habits that you cannot live...

5 Ways to Infuse Spirituality into your Martial Art

Many non-martial artists think that all martial artists infuse spirituality in to their martial art. Look at the very popular Kung Fu television series! There was more martial art spirituality in that show than you can measure with a mile-long measuring tape. The main character was a Shaolin monk who traveled through the American Old West armed only with his spiritual training and his skill in martial arts. We all loved the way this show exemplified spirituality through its martial art characters. Some martial artists, however are very down to earth. Some do not consider spirituality a part of their training, even...

Break the Mold

I received a message not long ago from someone who was responding to a post I had written. He made the comment that “many people make life too difficult,” and that they are “not capable of personal or professional commitment.” He added, “they are always looking for problems and make them so large that they can’t be surmounted…” He referred to one of my favorite quotes,  “Keep on pushing through,” that I use whenever I am faced with a difficult obstacle or burden. He said, there is “very little pushing through, and a lot of poor decision-making even when the...

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Positive

Let’s break it down, friends. We have to remember one very important lesson about people and positivity. It took me a while to figure it out, but  not everyone wants to be positive. Some are content with little desire to be happy. Some have no idea what positivity even is. Many have been raised to understand that there is only one kind of mindset and it has nothing to do with being positive. What you and I (positive people) have to offer is radically different from the norm, and some are not willing to accept or consider it. But, that...

Game Changers

I was in class the other day and a young child said, “Sensei, are we going to play a game today?” Little did he realize that the games that we play are actually a very good way to practice martial art skills and techniques. These fun drills keep kids excited and engaged. The younger children do not have big attention spans, so keeping them active is a necessary component of class. On many days, we run relay races in class as a warm up. We create two or more teams who battle to see how fast they can run to...

You Are Too Smart to Not Set Goals

I do not know why, but when I sit down to write out my goals, all I end up doing is staring at a blank computer screen or a blank sheet of paper. While my mind usually feels full of ideas and experiences that I want to pursue, when it comes time to actually memorialize them, I freeze, even when I ask myself, “What do I really want?” It is a big question, and a scary one, too. Once you finally admit to yourself what you want, you have create a monster of a goal that looks immense and overwhelming....