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Mindset & Focus

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.

Are You Too Old To Start Martial Arts?

I felt really nervous about starting martial arts in my 40s. I’d never been athletic as a kid. I hated gym class in school. I was never into sports. And yet here I was, 41, trying out my very first karate class ever. Half the class was at least half my [...]

2023-01-30T06:59:18-08:00January 30th, 2023|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

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|

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|

Do You Compare Yourself to Other Martial Artists?

There is tremendous value in not quitting when things get tough. But “tough” for one person is not necessarily equivalent to “tough” for another. For some, pushing through might mean overcoming low motivation or inertia. For others, not quitting might be impossible given their environment and life circumstances. We really cannot know the [...]

2022-12-19T08:39:26-08:00October 10th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Trying to be the Ideal Martial Artist?

The ideal martial arts warrior. Never falters, fears, or doubts. Trains vigorously, pure-spiritedly, without fatigue or fail. We don’t want the flawed human, gored in battle or exhausted in the ring. We want the myth, the inspiration, and the spectacle. When we compare ourselves to this impossible legend, we [...]

2022-12-19T08:40:28-08:00September 26th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|

Our Strength As Martial Artists

How do you define strength in martial arts? Is it the power of your punches or kicks? Your ability to beat an opponent? Your willingness to tolerate physical and emotional discomfort, no matter how difficult it gets? One year ago I sat down in my film studio to film [...]

2022-12-19T08:42:17-08:00September 5th, 2022|Categories: Mindset & Focus|
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