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  • Talk Less; Listen More: Learning to Listen without Ears

    Talk Less; Listen More: Learning to Listen without Ears

    Be quiet and listen to someone you are with. Don’t talk so much – listen. Just like in a karate class you are thought to be focused and pay attention to your instructor. This challenge is all about REALLY learning to listen but not just with your ears. Whomever you’re with, watch them, listen to them. When you speak and you say something, pay attention to their response. How do they really feel about it? Don’t just listen to the words, listen, pay attention between the words. You try that as often as you can remember for at least 5 minutes at a time throughout your day. That’s your awareness drill. How much can I listen? How much can I pay attention? ....

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  • Overcoming Adversity - in the dojo & life

    Overcoming Adversity - in the dojo & life

    Don’t show your opponent you’re hurt. Don’t let him know they’ve got the best of you,” my Sensei would say. “Be tough, be strong! These words are burned into my brain as a student and as a teacher now, they keep coming back to me. In the “old” days, we trained martial arts for serious reasons – someone was going to hurt you or worse. There was no such thing as cardio kickboxing.We learned martial arts to defend ourselves, forget conditioning or feeling healthy – gratification came after you’ve successfully defended yourself. I’ve said many times in class, adversity comes in many forms. It could ....

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  • Mindful or Mindless? Stay guard to your mind

    Mindful or Mindless? Stay guard to your mind

    Would you choose to mindlessly go through your life not knowing how or why you do what you do, and therefore, get what you get with little, if any conscious influence? Also consider how easily you can be influenced. How and what to buy; what you think you need; who you vote for; your judgments’ and labels of right and wrong; your perception of beauty and attractiveness; your behavior; etc. It is clear, our feelings, choices, actions, and desires are being influenced. The only question is: how much of this influence is coming from the outside, and how much of this influence is coming from the inside? You owe it to yourself to take the time and do the work that it takes to remain ....

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  • On Meditation and Martial Arts

    On Meditation and Martial Arts

    “Meditation is the foundation of all true martial arts.” When you can still the mind, you can control the mind. When you see the world differently, you experience it differently – same world, different mind looking at it. At the highest level the martial artist’s mind must be quiet. Make an appointment with yourself everyday. Then just do it. Too much meditation without physical practice is not good for you; it can leave you unbalanced and spacey. Meditation is the hardest thing that we do. “All human miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” Blaise Pascal Same as the Japanese “Dojo” and meaning “Place of ....

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  • How To Practice. A Must in Karate.

    How To Practice. A Must in Karate.

    About the Practice
    * After class, visualize what was done – mentally perform the physical movements. This will help you to remember and also help you develop your ability to visualize. * If you use your body to learn movement, particularly complex movement, your mind will develop. If you use only the mind, the body does not develop. That is why we call martial arts bodymind training. * Practice makes habit. How you practice will become habit. Practice sloppy – that becomes a body habit. Practice with focus and precision – then that becomes your habit. * Strength is a skill – both physical strength and mental strength. It takes practice. * How do you absorb ....

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  • On Martial Arts Etiquette

    On Martial Arts Etiquette

    Bow with gratitude and sincerity. Bowing to others is not about a sign of submission but about recognizing “the spark” in another fellow human being. Practicing etiquette teaches us to be mindful – from making sure we are lining up straight to bowing correctly and at the appropriate times (even when tired). It is all designed to teach us to pay attention – to keep that “bright mind”. Once ritual becomes habit it is useless. The point is to practice it mindfully. Seniors set the example for juniors. Juniors will watch what seniors do and follow suit. The senior student has a responsibility to set a good example. Vincent Busuttil Shihan. ....

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  • The Philosophy Behind the Martial Arts

    The Philosophy Behind the Martial Arts

    One of the most priceless gifts of martial arts practice is to get to know yourself internally and externally. Our main goal is to use the body to reach and learn to master the mind. Once you have mastered your mind you will have no desire to ever fight. “The years teach us much the days never knew” Ralph Waldo Emerson In real martial arts, even when faced with the situation, you can stay calm and centered and make the best choices in that moment. Martial arts training helps us learn to deal with adversity. That is what sets it apart from doing things like yoga. Through the practice we become aware of what we think and why. What shapes our values and beliefs, then we ....

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