#178 Artificial technique doesn’t get real results

If you have been around combat sports for a long time, or hopped on a social media platform and started perusing techniques, it wouldn’t take you long to find some incredibly beautiful looking techniques. Some of the moves you come across will be effective while some will not or they will simply be dramatized forContinue reading “#178 Artificial technique doesn’t get real results”

#177 Martial Artists

We are those who dare to see things differently. Martial Arts is the perfect balance of beauty and grace alongside pragmatism and ruthlessness. Such harmony is not seen in nature, it is nature. Like a beautiful ocean that in the next moment is a devastating tsunami, so too is the way of life itself. WeContinue reading “#177 Martial Artists”

#174 You never know

It’s 6:25AM in the Atlanta airport as I stand in a never ending line to go through the TSA checkpoint before boarding my flight to LAX where I’ll drive the two hours back to my home in the Coachella Valley. My flight just began boarding and at the rate this line is moving, I’m startingContinue reading “#174 You never know”

#174 You never know

It’s 6:25AM in the Atlanta airport as I stand in a never ending line to go through the TSA checkpoint before boarding my flight to LAX. My flight just began boarding and at the rate this line is moving, I’m starting to worry I’ll miss my flight. I stop thinking about myself for a secondContinue reading “#174 You never know”

#172 The Anniversary

One year ago today marked one of the most significant milestones of my life as an athlete, a teacher and as a person. A day that I would cry like a little girl in front of many of the people I admire and love. Roughly 12 years ago I began the journey of a lifetimeContinue reading “#172 The Anniversary”

#163 Contrast

Balance is an important quality we struggle to find, as artists, as warriors and as humans. We are all good and bad, violent and peaceful, caring and uncaring. Without being familiar with both sides it is hard to truly know the other. Take Jiu Jitsu, known as the gentle art, as an example. You canContinue reading “#163 Contrast”

#162 In Jeong we trust

Years ago I watched a short video on BJJ and training lifestyle in South Korea. What stuck with me the most out of the clip was the instructor talking about something called “Jeong” that Jiu Jitsu supposedly offers. Now although I can’t for the life of me find the video, I went a little deeperContinue reading “#162 In Jeong we trust”

#160 Humility and Confidence

As a warrior, self confidence is paramount. As a student, so is humility. The journey of a Martial Artist aims to unify the best of both worlds. In combat, there is no time to fear or doubt but only to move and move with certainty. Second guessing is never rewarded. In life also, those lackingContinue reading “#160 Humility and Confidence”

#158 The Queen’s Gambit

If you haven’t already started watching the chess drama on Netflix, The Queen’s Gambit, I recommend it. It’s an amazing story about a gifted young orphan, Beth, who becomes mesmerized by the game of 64 squares. There are many parallels that can be drawn from this show to one’s life. One being that in herContinue reading “#158 The Queen’s Gambit”

#149 Simple Joys

As time passes, you find that some things which gave feelings of discomfort are rather enjoyable. Such as the feeling of a burning muscle on an arm that was previously injured and unable to perform exercise. Curious is the mind.. How can something at one moment provide us with satisfaction and at another moment disdain?Continue reading “#149 Simple Joys”