Tag: 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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Blocking and Tackling

I recently did a podcast with Ellerbrock Norris’ Encore Safety Network for whom I am a regular contributor.  This episode the topic of discussion was blocking and tackling.  The idea being until the basics are mastered no amount of advanced programing or processes will be successful.  In the reality of the safety world this can be a matter of life or…
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STRESS: The good, the bad, the…

There is only one person on the planet that can always take care of you…and that’s YOU! Only you can determine what kind of stress is in your life.

How Do You Practice?

We’ve all heard the mantra “Practice Makes Perfect.” It’s said with good intention but unfortunately it’s also incredibly flawed. The reality is Practice Makes Permanent and only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect. A subtle distinction but critical for long term development. Sloppy, inconsistent practice produces sloppy, inconsistent habits. Garbage In = Garbage Out.

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.

How much should I train?

How much you train?

What’s Your ONE Thing?

I recently finished a great book by Gary Keller entitled The One Thing. Though business oriented, premise of the I found to be something transcendental. I’m often asked by students what do I need to do get better or get as good as so and so. The answer is often simpler than they would like…
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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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