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Yearly Archives: 2022

Just Do Your Martial Arts Training

 Just get up and train. If you’re struggling, get up and train. If you’re overwhelmed, get up and train. If you’re depressed, do whatever you can to get up and train. If you’re lonely or grieving or angry, just get up and train. And I don’t care if it’s two hours or two [...]

2022-12-26T10:39:05-08:00December 26th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Finding an Outlet for Our Personal Struggles

Struggle is normal… but it still sucks, doesn’t it. And working through our personal struggles can be incredibly difficult amidst societal pressure to “Toughen up” and “Suck it up.” But sucking it up doesn’t make the pain go away, does it. No. Sucking it up often equates to burying it down deep and [...]

2022-12-19T08:35:04-08:00December 5th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Humility vs Ego in Martial Arts

Do martial arts actually teach humility? I know we talk a lot about being humble in the context of martial arts. We value it. We discuss it at the dojo. We emphasize its importance at belt tests and tournaments. But… is there anything inherent in the training itself that actually teaches humility? Or [...]

2022-12-19T08:36:00-08:00November 28th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

How to Handle Nerves in Martial Arts

Maybe you have an upcoming tournament or belt test. Or perhaps you’re getting back into martial arts again after a period of time off. Or maybe you're brand new to martial arts or are switching to a new style. Chances are, if you’re in any of these situations, you’re feeling at least a [...]

2022-12-19T08:36:54-08:00November 14th, 2022|Categories: Habits & Goal-Setting|

Honour or Ego? My Story of Vengeance

I was 10 when my dad was killed. My mom came running into my room, frantic that my dad hadn’t woken me up for school. She and I had both overslept. My dad hadn’t come home from his early morning walk with our dog. My mom and I sat at the living room window, [...]

2022-12-19T08:37:23-08:00November 7th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Obsession in Martial Arts

Why do we fear obsession? We worry that becoming obsessed with something will take over our lives, make us crazy, make us stand out, make us different, and earn us disapproval from others. But obsession is a requirement of greatness. To be successful in martial arts, you really do need to dedicate all [...]

2022-12-19T08:38:00-08:00October 31st, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Positive Body Image in Martial Arts

I used to hate my body. For years I used exercise as a means to either look a certain way, or to punish myself for not fitting some magazine-worthy ideal. Starting karate changed all of that. Training in a space where everyone wore the same uniform and where body composition wasn’t [...]

2022-12-19T08:38:30-08:00October 24th, 2022|Categories: Nutrition & Health|
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