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....

3 Simple Truths about Martial Arts

                          There are many different styles and many different reasons why people practice martial arts. If we were all the same, it would be boring and monotonous. Having the opportunity to meet others who engage in different styles, and participate in seminars or workshops that use different skill sets, is an exciting way to learn more about the immense world of martial arts. What you know can help me in my practice, and vice versa. Let’s explore these truths a little further. 1. There Are Many Reasons for...

Why I Wanted to Meet Don “The Dragon” Wilson and James Wilson

This weekend, I had the chance to attend the Suncscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. I had an amazing time, but the interesting part about it is that it just fell into place.  That’s how life works when you are open to opportunity and you engage positivity. Things happen that you least expect. It was a post on Facebook from movie director and Facebook friend, James Wilson, where he mentioned he had lost the names of some locals in St. Petersburg whom he had promised to meet when he was here. I read it and thought, “Wait…James Wilson is...

Five Unique Ways to Practice Traditional Martial Arts

Traditional martial arts are what I chose to start learning 28 years ago because there was a program in a recreation center close to home. At my first class, it seemed  it taught everything I had ever learned NOT  to do – yelling, kicking, and breaking. Somewhere along the way, I learned that martial arts had less to do with all those things than I ever realized. The physical practice led to the realization that martial arts, while fighting arts, are less about fighting and more about peace and defense. I do not have to describe what a traditional martial...

Five Insightful Tips to Make Your Life Even Better

Do you want to make your life better? Most people have a dream, goal, or aspiration. They don’t always pursue it, for whatever reason, but it is always there waiting for the right moment. You can make your life better, and achieve some of those hopes and dreams, if that is what you really want. You have to make an effort and the necessary changes, but most importantly, you must believe in yourself.  Here are a few insightful tips to get you started so you can make your life the very best that it can be. 1: Pick Positivity  Changing...

Bridging The Gap Between What You Do and What you Love to Do

How many times do you have to drag yourself to work or school or somewhere that you do not want to go because you do not enjoy it? Even though they serve essential functions in your life, such as paying the bills, or getting an education, they are not very enjoyable because they do not tap into the inner you. Maybe they lack creativity, expression, or choice. In one way or another, they encroach upon the person you want to be, rather than highlighting the person you want to be. Hour upon hour seems to drag when you do not enjoy...

Are You Headed in the Right Direction?

Have you ever had a day when you questioned everything about yourself? Maybe you asked yourself some difficult questions, like “Am I headed in the right direction?” or “How do I know that I am doing what I am meant to do?” There are no easy answers. I think at some point we all face not just questions, but an emptiness inside where we have to dig deep to come up with our own truths. I would be lying if I said that I, a positive person, didn’t have a day here or there like this. Part of personal growth...

Only One Winner

I was at a martial art tournament recently. I was not competing, but had a vendor table to sell some of my books. My table was set up in a prime location where I could see all the events happening in the different rings. There were children and adults, beginners to advanced, all performing various skills and techniques, including kata, weapons and sparring. As a martial artist, I am always motivated by what I see at these events. They remind me that I need to work a little harder on my own skills. I can see how much effort and...