All posts by David Lim

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Build your core, then explore.

"What do you think of Krav Maga?" asked a fellow student. It's another martial art. It offers much by way of defensive and offensive techniques. Often, you'll see videos of people hitting a shield over and over and maybe some knee strikes. No, that doesn't do it justice, I know. Being a 3rd degree black ...

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To see the whole, see past what is in front…

Martial arts students often ask, "How can I get faster at blocking?" There are several different ways to block. Having the technique down is one thing, acquiring the perception is the more important thing. Someone once taught me that sometimes the best way to perceive and react to attacks more quickly is by not focusing. ...

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Keep Calm and Mushin On

In Zen, there is a concept known as mushin no shin, or the mind without mind. In The Last Samurai (a.k.a. Tom Cruise's Last Good Movie), Nobutada tells Algren that he needs "no mind" and his swordsmanship suffers because of "too many mind". How often is it that we are taking on too much? Not ...

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Thrash, then when you’re done with that, sink or swim…

Get thrown in a pool for the first time and thrash, then sink or swim. Mama bird kicks baby bird out of the nest for the first time. Fly or die, baby. Drive a stick for the first time and grind some gears, burn up the clutch and spin the tires without going anywhere, or ...

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Dreamers live in reality…

The problem with dreams is that you can't tell you're dreaming. Once you're awake, you either can't shake it as if it were a real memory or you can't remember it at all. The problem with reality is that you can't tell you're living the real world. Once you're in a dream state, you either ...

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Beyond pixels, parts, and punches…

It's interesting how quickly people can forget the big picture - providing they haven't missed it altogether! In business and projects, if you are one of those who happen to be able to see the big picture, don't hide it - you might be the only one who sees it! Here's the thing: a good ...

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Among the many choices we have…

...confidence is a decision. You don't learn confidence, you choose it. Behaviors carry beliefs and beliefs solidify attitudes. Decide then: Be confident. Or don't.