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INDOMITABLE SPIRIT
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT

When you Google Indomitable Spirit, here is what comes up…. “People described as having an indomitable spirit don’t need pep talks or protein shakes; their strength comes from within. The adjective indomitable starts with the Latin prefix in, which means “not.” The second part of the word is also from the Latin word domitare, meaning ‘to tame’.” Russell Redenbaugh was building a model rocket in his garage when…

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ANGER IS YOUR ENEMY
ANGER IS YOUR ENEMY

John McEnroe is known as one of the best tennis players in history. He won 77 singles titles, 78 doubles titles, and 7 major titles (4 US Open and 3 Wimbledon). He was not only known as an incredible tennis player. He was infamous for his temper tantrums on the court that often landed him in trouble with umpires and…

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KANSO- TO SIMPLIFY OR ELIMINATE THE CLUTTER
KANSO- TO SIMPLIFY OR ELIMINATE THE CLUTTER

One of the things that I have always enjoyed about martial arts training is the opportunity to step onto the mats and eliminate the clutter that has managed to take root in my head.   During that training time all of the cares of the world fade away and a zen like state is achieved as the mind becomes calm…

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CRABS IN A BUCKET
CRABS IN A BUCKET

On one sunny afternoon a man was walking along the beach and saw another man fishing in the surf with a bait bucket beside him. As he drew closer, he saw that the bait bucket had no lid and had live crabs inside.  “Why don’t you cover your bait bucket so the crabs won’t escape?” he asked. “You don’t understand.”…

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THE THREE P’S
THE THREE P’S

Whether you are a new or seasoned student of the martial arts putting the 3 P’s to practice in your daily life is key to turning an interest  into a life long practice.  Purpose – a sense of purpose gives a student a much greater level of focus and discipline. As Nietzsche said ” Given a big enough WHY, people can…

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THE ELEPHANT ROPE
THE ELEPHANT ROPE

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. He saw a trainer…

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING
TIMING IS EVERYTHING

As Miyomoto Musashi wrote … ‘there is timing in everything’.  Most often, there is stuff we NEED to do before getting to the stuff we really WANT to do. In other words, there is timing and process to almost everything. The need for immediate gratification is one of the most toxic forces at work in today’s society. In fact, a…

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