Rank in Martial Arts (updated)

About two years ago I wrote an article about rank in martial arts after Chris earned his red sash. We’ve had many tests recently, so I’ve decided to revisit it with some changes and additions. Enjoy!   How do you get a black belt? You find a competent teacher and a good school, begin your [...]

By |2019-09-05T20:43:31-07:00September 5th, 2019|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Relationships: We are not Statues

The question of the week in the dojo is about your relationships, “What is the most enjoyable thing your family has done together in the last three years?” For many of the students who have brought their family to the dojo, practicing martial arts might be that thing. For those of us who no longer [...]

By |2019-08-06T17:59:07-07:00August 6th, 2019|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Acceptance and Surrender

A few days ago I got a great question from a student. She asked about the difference between acceptance and surrender. Here are my thoughts.   In general, we fight a lot. Struggle is important because it helps us grow. Moving your body against resistance builds muscle and stamina. Similarly, having difficult conversations helps you [...]

By |2019-07-10T15:50:02-07:00July 10th, 2019|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Forgiveness and Martial Arts

Last week’s challenge was to forgive someone. We got a lot of great responses from it, so I’d like to talk a bit about forgiveness in general and how it relates to our martial arts and meditation practice. First, who is forgiveness for? When I asked the kids, they answered, “For the other person, sir!” [...]

By |2019-06-04T19:06:13-07:00June 4th, 2019|Master the Moment|0 Comments

The Power of Breathing

This week at the dojo we are focusing on breathing. It seems like a silly thing to think about if you haven’t done it before in martial arts, Tai Chi, meditation or other internal work. You may think, I have plenty to worry about already. Now I need to worry about breathing? I’m still alive, [...]

By |2019-05-13T12:46:51-07:00March 8th, 2019|Master the Moment|0 Comments

The Second Thought

Train of Thought Much of our life is experienced as a series of thoughts. Something happens, we have a thought about it, that thought leads to more thoughts and emotions. We act or react, this creates another event for us to think about, thus starting the whole process over again. Some of these thought trains [...]

By |2019-05-13T12:46:52-07:00February 5th, 2019|Master the Moment|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2019-05-13T12:46:52-07:00December 4th, 2018|Master the Moment|2 Comments