What Is Mastery?

Someone who has physical technique but doesn’t know the reasons behind their movements, will only be able to apply them in the prescribed situation they have practiced in the dojo. On the other hand, someone who has all of their martial knowledge from reading books and watching Youtube videos will be extremely clumsy if they ever attempt to apply any of their knowledge in a physical altercation. Mastery in almost any art or skill requires both mental understanding and physical practice. What does this mean for the martial artist?

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The Birth of Legends

As I walked out of the gym where I teach after the belt test, I realized that what I had just witnessed (and been a part of) was the birth of legends! I was humbled, and honored, and excited to think that maybe, just maybe, one of those students would go on to become another legend in the halls of dojo history. I will never see a belt test the same way again...

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Self-Defense: The Sound of Safety

Have you ever heard the saying “silence is golden”? I suppose when you are sitting up in a mountain cabin escaping from the hectic pace of everyday life, the saying is still true. Also, keeping your mouth shut can keep you out of a lot of trouble. But there is a sinister side to that phrase as well. Silence is the criminal’s best friend.

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Functional Fitness Part 1

What if I told you that there was a “fitness program” that can improve your ability to pursue your life goals while also improving your mind and spirit? Sounds a bit too good to be true, but people have been using the martial arts to stay fit and healthy for literally THOUSANDS of years! Martial arts offers a platform for improving both your body, your mind, and your spirit no matter how old you are.

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