Blog: Rank in Martial Arts

How do you get a black belt? You find a competent teacher and a good school, begin your training and work hard. Someday—who knows when—it will come. It is not easy, but it’s worth it. It may take one year; it may take ten years. You may never achieve it. When you come to realize […]

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Blog: How to Make and Keep your Martial Arts Resolutions

The first real goal I ever made was to meditate every day for a year. I did this when I was 17 and had just begun practicing martial arts with Sifu Brown. It was one of my New Year’s resolutions, and I kept it. In fact, I haven’t skipped a day since. It’s been 17 […]

By |January 1st, 2018|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Blog: Every Day is a Vacation – Using Martial Arts for Relaxation and Mindfulness

I just came back from a week-long family trip to Hawai’i. Anybody who has been at the dojo for a significant time knows that I don’t really go on vacation, and this trip was actually the longest I’ve ever been gone. I prefer to be home at the dojo practicing and teaching martial arts. I […]

By |December 6th, 2017|Master the Moment|1 Comment

Blog: Role Models

The Question of the Week at the dojo is: Who are your role models? The term “role model” has always had a childish, boy scout-type connotation for me, but we’ll use it. Who do you model yourself after? Who do you look to for inspiration?

We go through different stages in life and look towards many […]

By |November 2nd, 2017|Master the Moment|1 Comment

Blog: Finger Pointing the Way to the Moon

In an early scene from one of the greatest martial arts movies of all time, Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee is shown sparring with a student. Unsatisfied with the student’s performance, he implores him to throw his technique with emotional content. After a marked improvement, Bruce asks the student how it felt. “Let me think…” […]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Blog: Martial Arts Injuries , Pain and Suffering

I just got one of the worst injuries of my life. It’s not really that bad (possibly a partial rotator cuff tear), but since I’m quite mindful, in general I avoid injuries. This one, like pretty much all my serious injuries, happened off the mats, not practicing martial arts.

I was swimming in the ocean near […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Master the Moment|4 Comments

Blog: What are you avoiding? How to do what needs to get done!

In this article we will explore why we avoid things and how practicing martial arts and meditation help us step up and do what needs to get done.

There’s a wonderful story in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones called Eating the Blame:

Circumstances arose one day which delayed preparation of the dinner of a Soto Zen master, Fugai, […]

By |August 1st, 2017|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Blog: You are God

This post and all others are a product of my experience and understanding gained from practicing martial arts and meditation. Please consider what I say, as always, as just that. It may challenge what you believe about god, but I do not mean it as a refutation of any belief system.

You are god.

I don’t care […]

By |July 6th, 2017|Master the Moment|2 Comments

Blog: How Martial Arts Teaches us to Survive and Be Happy

Our brains aren’t designed to be happy. I read this in an article recently and my initial reaction was, “Well, that sucks.” A response which, it turns out, is explained perfectly by the article. This blog will talk about that, as well as how martial arts and meditation come into play to make use of […]

By |June 8th, 2017|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Blog: Letting Go and Zen Archery

This year on retreat we did a few exercises designed to help our kung fu and tai chi students experience mushin, or a state of no-mind. One of these drills was something that we’ve never done before: zen archery. To be fair, this was a very quick approximation of zen archery. But we took the […]

By |May 4th, 2017|Master the Moment, Uncategorized|0 Comments