Your “mental game” has a huge impact on your health and performance. Learn how to adjust your mindset, manage stress and fear, and improve your focus.

Fakes and Frauds in Life and Martial Arts

I was going to write this blog post about my recent run-in with a fake martial arts master. I made a video on it last week; you can watch it below. I found this situation so hilarious and ridiculous, and I really wanted to discuss the issues of arrogance and posturing that are [...]

2022-05-16T14:49:06-07:00May 16th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Perhaps It’s Time to Wake the F*ck Up

It’s Easter Monday, and I’ve been alternating between agonizing over my To Do list, and anesthetizing myself with chocolate all day. Mondays for me are for blog writing, for dealing with technical details on my website, and for getting focused for the week. Today, however, I’m feeling anything but focused. I’ve had so [...]

2022-04-18T17:37:11-07:00April 18th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Think You’re an “Expert” at Karate?

I think every martial artist should start a YouTube channel. And not just to accumulate playlists of favourite videos by other YouTubers, but to actually film themselves and put themselves out there. I occasionally get people trolling my videos, people who like to play “expert” and point out my [...]

2022-04-18T17:04:06-07:00March 28th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Is Karate Right for You?

Practising karate isn’t for everyone, but if you’re reading this you’re probably curious enough to at least consider the idea of trying martial arts. You’re intrigued—but you don’t know if the martial arts life is right for you. Well, I can help you with this. Here are some helpful videos that [...]

2021-12-27T18:29:07-08:00December 27th, 2021|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Celebrating One Year With The Karate Shrimp

Last week, on November 9th, I celebrated my one year anniversary! One year ago on that date I went live with my website, and uploaded my very first YouTube video. Full disclosure: I was terrified. Lol. But I worked through that fear. And I’m so glad I did! I have learned so much [...]

2021-12-21T15:03:44-08:00November 15th, 2021|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Change the Label to Improve at Karate

I grew up hearing that I was shy. I heard this so often that it became part of my identity. I believed it, and that identity shaped everything I did, and every decision I made. All because of what was going on inside my head. (It turned out to be bullsh*t, but I [...]

2021-12-21T15:08:06-08:00October 25th, 2021|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

My Mom’s Fighting Spirit

My mom passed away this weekend, on September 4th, after a 5+ year long fight with cancer. Her fighting spirit never faltered. Even after she lost her ability to sit, to stand, to walk. Even after she became too weak to hold a cup. Even after her eyes milked [...]

2021-12-21T15:25:50-08:00September 6th, 2021|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Karate, Grief & Resilience

I don’t even know what to say right now. My mom is dying in hospice, and I’m a mess. I started karate in March 2017, a year after my mom got diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Karate has helped me navigate grief, has provided a much-needed outlet for stress and [...]

2021-12-21T15:31:36-08:00August 16th, 2021|Categories: Mindset & Focus|
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