Category: martial arts

Everyday Is Training Day

Martial Arts: A Continuum of Understanding

As our environment changes due to COVID and political pressures, many people make decisions in great haste (dare I say in a knee jerk manner).  If there is one thing the martial arts teaches us is to use patience and wisdom to guide us.  The Continuum of Understanding developed in 1982 by Harlan Cleveland serves…
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Building Resilience

Change.  Many of us spend a great deal of time, money and energy trying to avoid it yet somehow it always seems to find us and often at the most inopportune time. It is an understatement to say the past few months have brought a lot of change for many people.  Some falter because of…
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The Selfs

Where do you stand with each of The Selfs? Think of them a pieces of a puzzle, each playing a role in the larger whole. Missing one creates an incomplete picture.

Instead of Goals, Raise Your Standards!

One of the most foundational principles in operations management is standardization. The more standardized a process is the more efficient it tends to be over the long haul in terms of time, money, and energy. In manufacturing, where products are mass produced, standardization is vital to maintaining high quality, eliminating waste (LEAN), and preventing defects…
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Be Ready!

“Hey Coach!  If I wanted to compete when do I need to start getting ready?”   “Start getting ready?” “Um, yesterday!”    Former Army Ranger, Tim Kennedy, is well known for his time in the UFC as well as several of his credos; one of which is “Be Hard To Kill.”  Having the mental and…
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End On A Win

Growing up in small town PA (that’s Pennsylvania for the Midwesterners) we played a lot of different sports. The small population afforded kids plenty of opportunity to participate in virtually every sport. Our immediate area was made up of a handful of small communities who fielded teams, especially baseball, as there was no shortage of…
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Wendler 5/3/1

Jim Wendler is known as much for his outspoken nature as he is his knowledge and expertise in the field of strength training and powerlifting. His statements often ruffle a lot of feathers, to which he makes no apology as his modus operandi is just because something makes you mad doesn’t mean it is untrue.…
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With Every Beginning

   I started martial arts in 1986 at the behest of my Aunt when I was in the 6th grade after being on the wrong side of an after-school altercation with 3 older kids.  In hindsight, I was by no means completely innocent in the incident but didn’t exactly deserve the 3 on 1 treatment.…
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Sir, Are You Aware…

Awareness. A concept I often discuss during my entrepreneurship classes as it is vitally important to fully understand who you are, your strengths, and more importantly, your weaknesses before embarking on a risky endeavor such starting a business. As a young karate student, Self-Awareness was one of the “Selfs” we were required to learn and…
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