Facing Adversity – A Chance to Rise to New Heights

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Chinese Proverb

Kite Soaring

Do not wish for an easy path. Be grateful for the challenges you face. This is how life teaches us. Life will repeat itself until we learn and move on. Overcoming adversity gives us a chance to rise to new heights.

The practice of true martial arts is a way to challenge yourself and develop your will so you’re better prepared for the challenges of your everyday life. The Dojang is the practice field for the game of life itself.

The following poem is from Dan Millman’s , “Living On Purpose”:


On the path between us and our goals stand hurdles and challenges.

Every road has its hurdles;
each one we clear makes us stronger.

Any positive change
entails a period of discomfort
as we rise from one level to the next.

Obstacles and discomfort separate the committed
from the hopeful and turn dreamers into doers.

Life’s gifts come carefully wrapped in difficulties and demands.

We have only to open the package to reap the wisdom and rewards hidden within.

Most worthwhile goals are difficult until they become easy.


Originally Published October, 2005 under the title “Think On This… Facing Adversity”




Shifu Ahles
Shifu Raymond Ahles, the owner and Chief Instructor of the Blue Dragon School, is a certified instructor of Ba Gua Zhang Kung Fu & Chi Kung and a 7th Generation Lineage Disciple in the Ch’iang Shan Pa Kua Chang Association. In addition to his 30 years plus teaching experience in the martial arts, Shifu Ahles also holds a B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology, he’s a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has an extensive background in the healing arts of Oriental Medicine including certifications in Advanced Amma Therapy, Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture. He is a licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist in NJ.




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