Do I like the person I am?

I like the question of the week, "Do I like the person I am?". It gives me some insight into how I have changed over the years. When I was younger I didn't like myself. It seemed like other kids were always making fun of me and only me (they must have sensed some innate [...]

By |2020-08-04T19:48:06-07:00August 4th, 2020|Master the Moment|1 Comment

Breathing with a mask

Returning to the dojo means breathing with a mask, and some of us find that difficult. What can happen is a feeling of breathlessness, of not being able to breathe enough. This feeling is called dyspnea by scientists and clinicians, and dyspnea comes from the brain rather than not getting enough air.  The feeling is [...]

By |2020-07-01T21:19:57-07:00July 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Martial Arts in Troubled Times

I had planned on talking about forgiveness in this newsletter, but I’m finding it to be an increasingly difficult topic to navigate these days. I’m not going to tell you to forgive anybody, nor will I attempt to tell you what is right or wrong for you to do. I don’t believe that martial arts [...]

By |2020-06-02T19:52:10-07:00June 2nd, 2020|Master the Moment|3 Comments

Emotional Content

A student asked me about what I meant by emotional content last week and as it is an important concept in martial arts, I’m seizing the opportunity to discuss it at length here. As Bruce Lee famously mentioned in Enter the Dragon, emotional content is about being in the moment, free of attachment, and feeling.  [...]

By |2020-05-05T17:52:08-07:00May 5th, 2020|Master the Moment|0 Comments


Over the last few weeks I’ve been talking a lot about thriving and the idea of turning challenges or problems into opportunities. I believe that this is one of the most valuable things we get from our practice of martial arts and meditation. What we as a human race are facing right now is undoubtedly [...]

By |2020-03-31T17:15:56-07:00March 31st, 2020|Master the Moment|2 Comments


There seems to be an air of helplessness in the world today, rather than responsibility. If you watch the news you’ll be scared half to death by any number of things. Lately, politics and coronavirus are the most pressing, so I’ll use those as a jumping off point. In many of my recent conversations about [...]

By |2020-03-03T14:08:25-08:00March 3rd, 2020|Master the Moment|3 Comments

Web of delusion and non-attachment

I have a friend who has been unofficially diagnosed with schizophrenia. He doesn’t get psychiatric help or take medication, and his symptoms make it difficult for him to work and have a social life. One of the most difficult aspects for him are the constant delusions he suffers from. For example, my friend believes that [...]

By |2020-02-06T12:50:27-08:00February 6th, 2020|Master the Moment|2 Comments

Goals: Building your Path

This time of year is pure magic. I’m not talking about the holidays. Those are over. I’m talking about the potential of the new year. Many of us use this time to look back on the previous year, see what we did well and what we could have done better, evaluate our goals then decide [...]

By |2020-01-11T10:24:46-08:00January 10th, 2020|Master the Moment|1 Comment


I recently heard a great story about perspective that I will paraphrase here. View from the toll booth A man was approaching a line of tollbooths on the freeway in San Francisco. He began to dread the most mundane, sometimes depressing kind of interaction that you get with someone stuck in a toll booth. Yet [...]

By |2019-12-03T18:33:12-08:00December 3rd, 2019|Master the Moment|2 Comments

Choking in Martial Arts

When I was young I used to choke a lot. I mean this both in the physical sense (me choking on something, not choking someone else as we do in the adult martial arts classes) and the mental sense. For instance, I used to be totally incapable of taking pills. I would psyche myself out [...]

By |2019-11-07T12:45:48-08:00November 7th, 2019|Master the Moment|1 Comment
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