Category: martial arts

Everyday Is Training Day

Little Lessons

I recently traveled with my team to Des Moines, Iowa in what has become an annual tradition competing in the Muay Thai World Expo or as we call it “Nationals.”  Over the years what started as a single day tournament of less than 100 competitors has grown into a 4-day event that hit 1000 registrants this edition.  Particularly impressive…
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Self-Defense

“I want to learn self-defense.” A statement I regularly hear from prospective students. It’s also a request I often receive from various organizations and companies looking for a group activity. The one problem, the concept of self-defense is sorely misunderstood and not something I feel can be taught…but let me explain.  I’ve conducted many self-defense…
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More is Better…at Least Early On

In his book RANGE, David Epstein points out that data is beginning to prove that generalists, people who prefer to dabble in multiple areas of interest, are more successful in later stages than those who stay within a single silo.

Perseverance, the not so sexy trait

Perseverance might not be the sexiest trait; certainly not one we want to be our calling card. It’s like being that fighter who everyone says is a really tough; not all that good but can take a beating and keep coming.

Get the Funk Out!

There will be those days. Those days were nothing seems to go right. Everything is sideways or one reason or another. The entire day is a sh*tshow from start to finish. There is good argument that 2020 is one of those years! Time is relative as they say.  Sometimes we feel this same way on…
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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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