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  • Affirmations in the Martial Arts

    Affirmations in the martial arts will help bring you to the peak of your abilities. What are affirmations? They are those positive things you say to yourself before, during, and after training or competing in martial arts. Affirmations have been used for many years in every aspect of life to increase a person’s ability to do something he or she sets out to do. Athletes use them to pump themselves up for competition. Students use them to trigger good performance on tests, Business people use them to get ready for important presentations. Affirmations in the martial arts increase your motivation to do the sometimes tiring, but always necessary, practicing to sharpen your skill. ....

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  • Practice In Martial Arts

    The reason for practice in martial arts is easy, right? Not necessarily. Most people believe practice makes perfect, so the major reason to practice in martial arts is to become perfect. Unfortunately, that isn’t correct. Practice doesn’t make perfect. You can practice a wrong technique over and over and over and all you’ll get is really good at being wrong! Effective practice makes you better. That’s a good way to look at the need to practice in martial arts. Another part of effective practice is for it to be sustained. In other words, you can’t practice some of the time, off and on, and expect to improve. You must practice in martial arts on a ....

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  • The Basics Of Kung Fu

    Just as with most things in life, learning the basics of kung fu is the first step in mastering this martial art. Becoming an expert in the basics, the building blocks, propels you toward higher and higher goals in any endeavor. Achieving mastery through hard work is the foundation of everything. In the beginning, learners know very little, if anything, about whatever they want to become skilled at. Growing to mastery is first being an expert on the basics. No matter what you’re learning. At first in the process of learning kung fu, you’re asked to repeat certain exercises over and over. Can this become boring? Yes. But it is necessary, even vital. To learn the basics of ....

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  • Visualization In Kung Fu

    Using visualization in kung fu training can increase your skills without physically working out. Most top athletes use visualization to “see” themselves going through the movements needed to perform their best in their particular sport. Visualization is a way to train your body by using your mind. Mentally practicing movements and techniques will stimulate your nervous system, making these movements more a part of you. It supports and reinforces your physically practicing movements. Every action begins with a thought. Visualization in kung fu is both the beginning and the reinforcement of that thought. When you visualize yourself executing a technique, your ability to ....

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  • Insecure Kids and Kung Fu

    Insecure kids can be helped to develop security and confidence through practicing kung fu. Why is that important? Many kids who are insecure compare themselves to others and decide they’re woefully short on whatever criteria they use. They wind up thinking “I’ll never be as smart as Kaylee.” “I can’t understand what’s being discussed in class.” “Everyone picks on me.” “Why can’t I be like everybody else?” Over time, these insecure kids become unable to interact with peers at school, on the playground, and anywhere else. Often, they’ll get overlooked in the classroom and when others are ....

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  • 2015 End of Year Talk: The Story of Two Brothers

    Below is our December 17, 2015 “End of Year” Meditation Class Talk. It was one of our best ever. We had over 60 in attendance! If you would like to see more videos like this go to our sister site, BodyMindAwakening.com (BMA). BMA members can access our weekly Thursday night Meditation Class talks. Click here to login or get your membership. It was 1983 when I first discovered Kung Fu, having met someone who had been training for about four years at the time. I was seventeen, in high school and not working so I figured my only option was to pick up a book and try to learn on my own. I soon discovered that’s virtually impossible! However, the book I ....

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  • Shy Kids In Martial Arts

    It’s not often people think of shy kids in martial arts. The popular image of the martial arts expert is that of the hero portrayed in movies who easily defeats every bad guy who comes his or her way. But defeating everyone is not the goal of martial arts training. Rather, the goal is to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. So, shy kids and martial arts really do mix and mix well. Part of the reason for the success of shy kids in martial arts classes is because unlike team sports, martial arts training is a personal trip. Each kid is in a class of peers and progresses at his or her own pace. Instructors at Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts don’t let shy kids ....

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  • Humility

    A very misunderstood word, humility is often seen as the same thing as meek or even weak. Nothing could be more wrong. Humility comes when a person knows he or she is the best of the bunch and has no need to brag. In most martial arts, humility is taught right along with respect. It’s taught in the way martial artists stand, greet instructors, and even in the way they wear their uniforms. Most people don’t think about humility when they think about the martial arts. They think instead of controlling others, making them submit to the martial artists. But true martial artists don’t think this way; they think instead of controlling and mastering themselves. And when ....

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  • Martial Arts and Commitment

    Commitment can be said to be “the state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action …” (from the American Heritage Dictionary). This word, commitment, is not used often in our society. At least, it’s not used seriously. But commitment is necessary for the accomplishing of anything worthwhile. Without it, there is always an “out”, a way to draw back, hesitation. A way to be completely ineffective. But, once you commit to something, you begin to focus your energies, your thoughts, your entire being to that something. This often will lead to increased creativity and lasting, continuous effort. When this kind of energy is ....

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  • Reaching Your Goals

    One of the most satisfying parts of martial arts training is reaching your goals. And this activity is one the many that transfers from your training to your daily life. In reaching your goals, it’s important to set realistic goals first. Make sure what you want to accomplish is something within your abilities. Many people say you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. That’s not necessarily true. Everyone has limitations of one kind or another that may keep you from achieving some goals. Talk with your instructor and others who know you well. Check with them to see whether they think you can possibly reach the goal you set. Keep in mind they may not be right. ....

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