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Blog: Masters of Martial Arts: Chojun Miyagi

When your temper rises, lower your fists – when your fists rise, lower your temper.

– Chojun Miyagi

Most of us remember with fondness the character of Mr. Miyagi played by Pat Morita in the Karate Kid movies from the 80’s. Most people don’t realize that this character was based loosely on the real-life martial arts master […]

By |December 4th, 2018|Master the Moment|2 Comments

Blog: Martial Arts after 50

Wednesday was Katherine Macey’s 50th birthday. This came as a surprise to me because, as I told her, I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear she was turning 40. This is partly because martial arts keeps us physically healthy and looking good. More importantly, this is because our practice keeps us mentally and emotionally healthy. […]

By |November 9th, 2018|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Blog: Kindness through Martial Arts and Meditation

When I asked Ms Macey what I should talk about for last Thursday’s meditation talk, she said “kindness”. She said lately she’s been asking herself every day how she can be more kind. I found this funny because Ms Macey is one of the kindest people I’ve met. I presume she’s gotten that way partly […]

By |October 2nd, 2018|Master the Moment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blog: Undying Spirit of Martial Arts

If you come into the dojo over the next few weeks, you’ll get to see two of my favorite people, Doug and Stephanie. Many of our adult students have had the privilege of practicing with them when they visit, especially on retreat. Now, you’ll get a chance to see them much more often because they’ve moved […]

By |September 12th, 2018|Master the Moment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blog: Trapped in the Matrix

When I first saw the Matrix in theaters, I was blown away by the great (now somewhat dated) special effects, but moreso by the philosophical implications. It was the first time I remember thinking, this movie gets it. The idea that we are all trapped in delusion is an ancient one. Hindu scriptures known as […]

By |August 3rd, 2018|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Blog: True Freedom from Martial Arts and Meditation

Since tomorrow is the 4th of July, the idea of freedom is on my mind. I am especially reminded of the big picture of freedom. As a young country we had to fight for our freedom against an oppressive regime. In 1776 we signed our Declaration of Independence stating that all men are created equal […]

By |July 3rd, 2018|Master the Moment|1 Comment

Blog: Your Martial Arts Practice is Not for You

There have been a few incidents in the dojo recently. Some have been private conversations, some have been public, and all have been disturbing to me.

The reason they bothered me is because I’m not enlightened (yet). There is still a part of me that wants everybody to get along. That same part of me is […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Master the Moment|1 Comment

Blog: The Worst Horse doing Tai Chi

One of my favorite quotes, although talking about meditation, can be applied to Tai Chi and is from Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki,

It is said there are four kinds of horses: excellent ones, good ones, poor ones, and bad ones. The best horse will run slow and fast, right and left, at the […]

By |May 3rd, 2018|Master the Moment|1 Comment

Blog: Martial Arts and Embracing Discomfort

A few weeks ago I went back to Michigan to visit Sifu Brown’s school and attend Jeremiah’s Black Sash test. As part of his test, Jeremiah gave a talk about embracing discomfort that I just loved.

Jeremiah Savage is, as his name might suggest, an avid outdoorsman and all-around manly man. Think like a mix between a […]

By |April 5th, 2018|Master the Moment|1 Comment

Blog: Kung Fu Brother

Jeremiah Savage is testing with my teacher Sifu Brown for black sash. It’s a very rare and special occasion, so some of the staff at our dojo and I are flying to Michigan to take part in the ceremony. Jeremiah and I began practicing with Sifu Brown at around the same time, so I have known him […]

By |March 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments