The Master Doesn’t Try To Be Powerful

Published: July 15, 2021

The Master doesn’t try to be powerful; thus he is truly powerful. The ordinary man keeps reaching for power; thus he never has enough. The Master does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone. The ordinary man is always ding things, yet many more are left to be done. Therefore the Master concerns himself With the…

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Categories: Martial Arts

Learning Styles

Published: June 15, 2021

I was struck while reading Josh Waitzkin’s book The Art of Learning, about two models of learning. One model views learning as a static entity- we feel we are either good at something, or we are not. We feel we can learn something new or we cannot. The other view is that of the incremental…

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Categories: Martial Arts

“The Hundred Character Tablet by Ancestor Lu (Dongbin) says, Nurturing energy, forget words and guard it. Conquer the mind, do nondoing. In activity and quietude, know the source progenitor. There is no thing; whom else do you seek? Real constancy should respond to people; in responding to people, it is essential not to get confused….

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What Are You For?

Published: April 15, 2021

There is enough hate and disdain to go around. My advice and challenge to you is this: What are you for? We can see/read/hear what you are against….but what are you For? When you focus on what you are against so vehemently, you attach your energy to that energetic vibration and you become like that…

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Categories: Martial Arts

Let the lessons learned in the study of the martial arts- courage, compassion, discipline, focus, integrity, self-knowledge and acceptance, health, adaptation, growth, peace, mental and emotional calm generalize into your life as a whole. Thus the study of martial science becomes also the martial Way- it becomes the path of personal development. While we train…

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Train Or Not To Train – Your Choice

Published: January 15, 2021

The benefits of training in a martial art reveal themselves most in unusual ways. It is when you do not feel like training but you come to class anyway- that you develop the will, intent, and focus it takes to develop and succeed. It is when you are tired and rushed, but you train anyway…

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