Less Is More

This blog post I want to talk about the difference between basic and advanced techniques. With just on 32 year’s training in the martial arts I have come to an understanding that there is really no such thing as “basic” or “advanced” techniques. Really, the…

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From Flat to Fired Up

Every single one of us has full days or even parts of the day that we feel flat. Physical energy can be influenced by many factors. Stress, weather, diet, day-to-day hurdles, work, relationships, circumstances, health and many other factors play a role in…

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“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”

It is human nature to take the easy path to do something. And with incidental activities like washing your car, driving to the beach or preparing a meal taking the shortest quickest path makes the most sense. However, in the area of achievement there is no quick path…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Black Belt? (Part #3)

It’s easy to fall into the “I know it all trap” when you have been training for a while. There is an old Chinese proverb that say that “change is only certainly in life”. It’s likely that what and how you train now will be different from what and…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Black Belt? (Part #2)

Black belt or not, if you make a choice to train for 20+ years in the martial arts, there are certain things that you need to work on and watch out for. This is my 32nd year in the martial arts and my 23rd year of running a full time school. In these 32 years, I have done lots…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Black Belt? Part 1

In this post I want to explore the question that everyone either asks themselves or their peers. What does it mean to be a black belt? Now, before we go any further, I think that it’s important to mention that this is what I view as…

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A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

All through time people have pondered the reason for our existence on this planet. For some it’s about fulfilling physical and/or metaphysical desires, for others it’s about acquiring as much “stuff” as possible. Some of us want our lives to fulfill a greater purpose or mission and some are just happy to plod along and negotiate each day as it comes. Whatever the “reason” we are here (If there is one?), one thing is for certain, if physical…

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Only a fool will blindly follow

In this Blog post I wanted to share with you my top six tips for living a life of continuous improvement. While it is difficult to make massive leaps in improvement, it is relatively easy to make consistent micro-improvements if you implement some or all of these strategies…

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Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Going through life and living it the way you see fit requires mountains of courage and sacrifice. I believe that we are all placed on this planet with a purpose to fulfil. Some of us are here to work in a factory, to teach, to look after others, to sell things, to paint, to write, to fix things etc. And the closer you get to your purpose in life, the more juice you will get from…

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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude

Attitude is both internal and external. Internally, it’s about how to process the events and circumstances in your life and externally it’s about how you present yourself to the world. The focus of this article is on the internal as it pertains to your martial arts develop…

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Train to improve not to impress

Most martial artists on the planet have a fixation on who is better. Who can kick higher? Who is better at sparring? Who is the best grappler? Who is the strongest? These comparisons often take precedence over genuine “self” improvement. Everybody’s reason for training in the martial arts is different. Some train for self defence, some train because…

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Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors

Dealing with adversity is one of the most important categories that must be addressed when looking at any endeavour. I guess the reason is that when you set about to achieve something like a black belt, better health, a thriving business, a university qualification or anything that lights a spark of…

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

Internal dialogue or your intra-personal relationship is everything that you think and say to yourself.  It seems to most of us that this is something that we have little control over.  You’re standing there minding your own business and bang, a thought that wasn’t there before enters your brain and manifests a conscious…

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When you see a worthy person, endeavour to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.

I love this quote. About twenty-two years ago when I earned my brown belt in Zen Do Kai this quote was on the certificate and even way back then it shaped the way I began to think…

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If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.

Recently I presented two black belts to some kids who have been training at Adrenalin for the past 5 years.

The martial arts world is filled with a thousand different opinions on what age a black belt should be, what competencies they should have, how long should it take, etcetera and so forth, at any rate and whatever your beliefs about what a black should look like. One…

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The individual who knows the score about life sees difficulties as opportunities.

In this blog I want to talk about the three essentials to martial arts success. By success I mean having a high skill level and competency. The martial arts are an endeavour that everyone wants to be good at but few ever reach, mostly because of the three…

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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge…

It is in built in us to avoid challenge and discomfort. Sometimes we are justified in avoiding discomfort if our instinct tells us that it might lead to danger or negative consequences. Drugs, bad company, unhealthy food, negative media and unsafe environments etc are all examples…

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Do not think that what your thoughts dwell on does not matter. Your thoughts are making you.

Congruency between how you think and what you do is one of the most important principles to master if you want to succeed. Incongruence between these two factors will produce frustration, set backs, little growth and…

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Patience and fortitude conquer all things.

One of my biggest lessons in life is patience. Ever since I was a child I have always had grandiose ideas about what I can achieve. Many of those visions of my future have come true and some have yet to be conquered. The difficulty is taming your…

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