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  • Martial Arts and Focus

    The importance of the martial arts and focus becomes clearer as you consider how many hours a day people are plugged in to the electronic grid. Using smart phones, tablets, and computers takes up a great deal of time daily for the average person. And this becomes a habit. A downside to this constant use of electronic gadgets is its theft of time that could be used much more productively. One article reported that young adults may spend as much time playing games on their devices over the course of their childhood as they spent in school. When did they do homework? Or when did they have time to create or use their energy more productively? The answer most of the time is: They ....

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  • Mind Power

    In any worthwhile endeavor, the ability to harness mind power is essential for success. Top athletes are taught to visualize success. To “see” themselves going through the steps in their sport needed to be the best. They must use their mind power to achieve the best they can achieve. The same thing happens in martial arts. The most effective tool you have is your mind power. And not just in martial arts, but in every walk of your life. Your mind has infinite potential to help you grow and develop your skills. Harness this potential to improve your martial arts skills. One of the most powerful of the ways your mind power can help you is to focus your thoughts in one ....

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  • Staying Calm

    Today’s world is not one in which staying calm is easy. The seemingly never-ending hustle and bustle of trying to stay even, much less what’s needed to try to get ahead leads to a great deal of stress much of the time. The American Institute of Stress reported 44% of American feeling more stressed than they did five years ago (AIS, 2014). This same report showed 20% of U.S. citizens feeling “extreme stress”. What are some of the effects of this kind of stress on your body? At least 10% of strokes are said to be caused by work stress. Sixty percent of illnesses and disease may have stress as a basic cause. Up to 75% of physician visits are due to stress-related ....

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  • Martial Arts and Perseverance

    When you think about one of your greatest accomplishments, you probably think about the perseverance it took for you to attain whatever it was. The hard work, the pushing of yourself to reach your goal in spite of the difficulty was well worth it at the end. That kind of perseverance is needed in martial arts training. In the beginning of your training, the practice may seem like fun. It may come easy. And the first few belts you earn may seem relatively easy. But the amount and duration of practice grow harder to do quickly. As you continue to struggle toward the higher level belts, much more work is required. No longer is it fun all the time; now it become toil. This is where ....

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  • Martial Arts: Responsibility

    Responsibility: Doing what you say you’re going to do. Refusing to make excuses if things don’t go right. Knowing what to do and doing it to the best of your ability. From the beginning in martial arts training, responsibility is a key feature. Students are responsible for learning and remembering not only primary techniques of their chosen martial arts form, but also the ceremonial aspects of martial arts. Students will be pushed to perform better than they think they can. Many times, this will lead you to tell yourself, “I can’t do this! I can’t keep on going. It’s just too much!” But this is where your sense of responsibility kicks in. ....

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  • Self-Discipline

    What is self-discipline? Self-discipline is the ability to control yourself. To keep temper from springing up in the face of frustration. The ability to keep your emotions from dictating your behavior. It’s the ability to evaluate the situation, look at options for your response, then choosing the best one for the time. It’s putting aside the desire for instant gratification when a longer-term goal that requires more work will bring you better results. You may wonder how studying martial arts, learning how to defend yourself if needed by blocking, punching, and kicking, could possibly teach self-discipline. How could learning something with the potential for violence lead ....

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  • Character Development

    Character development – building the ability to handle life challenges when they come at you like storm troopers ready to overwhelm you. All of us have had the experience of feeling completely overwhelmed by things and people in our lives. And many of us have not handled that feeling very well. We may have said or done things that weren’t right and hurt others. Along with those kinds of responses comes guilt. When that happens, guilt is a normal, natural feeling. What happens next is often not good. Even if we face those we hurt, apologize, and ask forgiveness, we may not forgive ourselves. We may focus on what happened, what we did, and add to our stress. We may also ....

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  • The Five Elements For Change & Progress

    Are you consuming life, or is it consuming you? At our end of year talks it’s only natural to discuss refection. The answer to the above question is only available to you upon clear and honest reflection. Did last year turn out the way you had hoped when it was fresh and new like the new year upon us? And the real question: Do you want more of the same? Was it a good year? Would more of the same be a blessing or a curse? Only you can answer that for yourself. Is your life consuming you? Are you feeling older, stiffer, more fatigued? Is frustration building? Or, are you feeling energetic and more excited to get up every morning? Living a conscious life requires reflection ....

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  • Practicing Martial Arts

    Practicing martial arts brings benefits well beyond those of being able to defend yourself. Not to make this benefit any less important than it is. In today’s culture of the so-called “knockout game” and random violence we hear about nearly daily, self-defense is a vital skill to master. But the other benefits that come from practicing martial arts are just as vital in our society. Here are some of those benefits: Improved Cardiovascular Health . Practicing martial arts leads to better circulation of the blood throughout your body. It also strengthens heart muscle, making it necessary for your heart to work less to keep blood circulating appropriately. There is ....

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  • Who Is A Martial Artist?

    Ask this question to people on the street, and you will most likely get answers that all mean the same thing: It is someone who can hurt you without any weapons. Where does this false image come from? Popular television and movies where the good guys beat up on the bad guys after getting into impossible situations. But this isn’t descriptive of a martial artist. Instead, consider this: A martial artist is a person who develops great skill through consistent effort over time. That is the definition of kung fu, after all. Thus, martial artists can be anyone. Anyone who devotes themselves to serious work requiring much effort and much time. To be great at anything takes this. ....

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