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...

Three Powerful Tips for Living a Better Life

I think it is safe to say that we would all like to live the best life that we can. Whether it is health, fitness, finances, or happiness, everyone has a desire to live better in one way or another. Here are three simple life and mindset changes that you can put into action today, so you can become the best you, ever! Stop negative comparisons It is great to have a mentor or role model in mind as you go through each day. It is very encouraging to model yourself after someone who has the qualities that you admire,...

Change How You Think

You don’t need to change your whole personality in order to refine your thoughts. In fact, every bit of who you are should remain intact, even if you wish to convert your negative mindset to something more positive. Your personality is made up of so many different factors. Your emotional stance, mannerisms, eye color, voice, and fingerprint are uniquely yours. None of that needs to be altered. Consider your unique spirit and the fact that there is no one else like you on the entire planet. That is cause to celebrate, not to change! What you should consider altering is your...

What Does Success Mean to You?

What is success? Does it matter if others think you are successful, or is it defined within you? When you wake up in the morning and feel happy, is that success? If you are content with your profession, your relationships, or your finances, is that success? Motivator, Tony Robbins, said “To be great, you have to want greatness.” I love this quote because it is so true. If you think someone is going to make the effort for you, or hand you a platter of greatness from which you can graze, you are mistaken. Wanting it is the first step....