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5 Basics Required to Learn a Martial Art

1.  Be open-minded Learning a martial art is interesting.  There’s a lot involved.  Every move has a fine point, every task has a meaning.  Your instructor may be demanding, but he will provide you with all the necessary tools to become a real martial artist. The key to learning is being open-minded.  A martial art… Read More 5 Basics Required to Learn a Martial Art

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3 Misconceptions About Martial Arts

1. Learning a martial art will save your life Let’s be honest.  Learning a martial art takes time.  A lot of time.  It will add substance to your life and it will give you many tools to practice and think about.  When you practice a martial art, you discover so much about yourself including your… Read More 3 Misconceptions About Martial Arts

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Black Belt in Motherhood

I was at an event recently with a bunch of families and had time to sit with some of the moms with whom I don’t often get the chance to talk.  We have children of varying ages and are varying ages ourselves and yet we share the same bond of motherhood. We shared thoughts and questioned if… Read More Black Belt in Motherhood

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Aged to Black Belt Perfection

The martial arts are not often seen as a great choice for older people.  No one thinks we have it in us.  What?  You do martial arts? they ask, incredulously. Well, believe it or not, there are a handful of us out there from middle-aged to very much older who still have an interest in being a… Read More Aged to Black Belt Perfection

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The Most Complicated Kata Ever

A kata is a choreographed set of martial art moves, or techniques, that simulate fighting  an attacker.  They are composed of blocks, kicks, punches, and stepping patterns.  When rehearsed over and over, they help you improve in your skills. Some people claim that a kata, or form,  is useless, or no longer relevant. I believe… Read More The Most Complicated Kata Ever

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Popcorn with that Martial Art?

Martial arts practitioners are a lot like popcorn.  All the kernels look similar, but when popped they end up transforming into beautiful, distinct shapes. Maybe calling martial artists “popcorn” sounds a little strange, but isn’t it important that you get a chance to “pop” at some point in life?  Show your true colors?  Stand out because… Read More Popcorn with that Martial Art?

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4 Ways To Find Greatness In Your Life

“Greatness” is a big word, has a big meaning, and makes a big difference in your life.  Yes, you can be great, and here is how… The Great Little Picture What’s your big picture?  What consumes the bulk of your day or gobbles up your time? Going to work. Raising a family. Organizing bills. Fixing… Read More 4 Ways To Find Greatness In Your Life

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Ignite Your Martial Art Flame

What ignites your imagination?  What fire burns deep within your heart?  What is your passion, your mission, your vision?  Whatever the answers are, don’t let them wane.  Don’t douse them with complacency.  Find a way to take hold of them, control them, and keep them burning.  These are good flames.  They are the heated truths and… Read More Ignite Your Martial Art Flame