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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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THE BUSINESS MAN AND THE BEGGAR

THE BUSINESS MAN AND THE BEGGAR

One day, there was a New York businessman who was running late for work.  As he rushed to catch the train, he noticed a homeless man selling pencils at a table.  In his frenzy, he dropped a dollar into the cup and hurriedly stepped aboard the subway train.   On the second thought, he stepped back off the train, walked…

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MODESTY WEEK 2

MODESTY WEEK 2

This month our student “mat chats” are focused on modesty. Here is a story we are going to be sharing with them.  We hope you enjoy it as well! There once was a martial arts master who had a student that was very difficult to teach.  The student just seemed to know it all!  No matter what the master taught,…

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

Begin with the end in mind means knowing what your goal or desired outcome is in advance.  Knowing this helps remind you of where you are and what steps you should take next.  I’m sure you know people that are always busy.  They frantically run around all day, but at the end of the day, get very little accomplished.  Beginning…

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IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME

IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME

Martial arts students with a champion mindset know the value of setting goals and taking massive action.  They realize that in order to reach their true potential they must take the initiative to make things happen. We all know people that make excuses for not achieving their goals or getting the job done.  They blame other people or circumstances for…

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GRIND- GET READY…IT’S A NEW DAY!

GRIND- GET READY…IT’S A NEW DAY!

There really is no secret to success.  It’s quite simple when you think about it.  Show up.  Work hard.  Measure your progress.  Adjust as necessary.  Repeat. When you look at it on paper, it looks simple.  But is it?  Not really! Have you ever heard anyone refer to their life as the “DAILY GRIND?”.  They go on to explain how…

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