All posts by David Lim

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Know when to side-step…

As a beginner in martial arts, you first learn how to block, basic blocks: closed-fist low block, inside-outside block, and high block. Next comes punches, middle punch, high punch, low punch. After that, basic kicks: front snap, round, and side. Skip-jump kicks come thereafter. Then, open-hand (knife-hand) blocks and attacks. Don't forget jump kicks. You ...

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Don’t have stuff just to have stuff…

I like nice things: good food, nice clothes, fast cars, fun tech...you know, stuff. No one buys stuff to just to have stuff. It's for experiencing. Moreover, it's for sharing. I like having nice things not to show off, or just to say I own this or that. Rather, I want to have nice things ...

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There is no “Happily Ever After”…

If you think about it, there are no storybook endings. Once begun, the journey never ends.  Long after the battles are won, the villains defeated and the world is saved, the story continues.  The road and the scenery may change, the characters may change, and even you may change. No, there is no "happily ever after", ...

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Lose to learn to win…

I'll share my secret with you... Long ago (really, not that long ago) I used to be a loser. I was that beyond far-from-athletic fat, dorky, awkward, academic kid with thick glasses, no popularity, few friends, and marginally accepted who was just "fair" with no social skills. Things change. You can't know what it means ...

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Bookmark Friends…

I came up with these concepts in 6th grade during a "Luminary Lock-in" (A "Luminary Lock-in" was an overnight retreat where kids would make those wonderful lights outside of church on Christmas Eve. You know, those things made of a gallon milk jug, sand, and a candle"). Convenience-Based Relationships Theory: These are relationships you have ...

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Why are we doing this?

This is one of the most valuable questions one can ask. Moreover, it's one of the most valuable questions you can answer. "Are we doing this kicking drill to work on speed and endurance or are we practicing this to use it in sparring?" "Both. As students, we must keep working to hone our skills ...

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Money never just is, it should do…

People who don't have money say, "We don't need it".  People who have money say, "More money, more problems".  People who kinda have enough money sit around wondering if it's enough.  All of us say, "Money is just a means".  Well, there's a lot said about money over the long course of history, so I'll ...