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Don’t Try to Move the Mountain…

In the business world and any space where people talk about success, they say that in order to be successful or be worth anything, "You have to be able to move mountains." Snowboarding is a difficult sport to learn, but once you have it, it's fairly easy to master. Confidence and trust is huge when ...

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A Sense Beyond the Senses…

Some martial artists develop this ability to perceive attacks and react to them in the most natural way. It's as the birds of the sky fly with the changing wind or the fish of the sea swim with the moving current. It's a sense beyond that of sight, touch, hearing or any other. It's an ...

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More Than Just One Lesson…

“‘To improve is to change. To perfect is to change often.'” -- Winston Churchill When you are a beginner it seems so much easier to allow yourself to fail. You practice and then get decent. Then you get good. When you become good, you no longer allow yourself to fail. You assume it should be ...

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Beware Not Only the Red Tape…

The so-called ubiquitous "red tape". It's the very material substance that prohibits, blocks, undercuts and thwarts many the well-intended individual and his heroic pursuits. Often associated with government, bureaucracy, pyramidal corporate organizations or even social constructs, the red tape can be found in almost every circumstance. The silver lining, though, with red tape is that ...

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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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