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The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright once told a story of an incident that would have seemed insignificant to the casual observer, but which had a profound influence on the rest of his life .The winter when he was nine years old, young Frank went walking across a snow- covered field with his reserved, no-nonsense […]

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The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Leg Triangle

A triangle choke is a type of figure-four choke hold utilized in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which strangles the opponent by encircling the opponent’s neck and one arm with the legs in a pattern similar to the shape of a triangle. The technique is a type of restraint that constricts the blood flow from the carotid arteries to the brain. Tactically speaking, the triangle choke is a very effective counter […]

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What To Do When Motivation is Frail

What do I do when I just don’t want to train anymore (or my child doesn’t want to train anymore)? This is not an uncommon question for martial artists to ask themselves many times throughout their training careers on the road to black belt. As a matter of fact, it is almost certain that your […]

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100% Effort

“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.” — Unknown There is no substitute in life for giving something 100% effort; intelligence, strength, and good looks will only get you so far in life. To be really successful and achieve a worthwhile goal, you […]

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Teamwork

“As much as we admire solo achievement, the truth is that no lone individual has done anything of value…Nothing of significance was ever achieved by an individual acting alone.” – Dr. John Maxwell, author, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork While we easily see the role teamwork plays in our professional lives, or in specifically […]

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Martial Arts: More than Just Kicking and Punching

There was a time when martial arts was primarily about self-defense. The majority of people training were adults and martial arts was perceived as mysterious and combative. The people who trained in martial arts were viewed as “tough guys.” Schools were smelly, dirty and small … the way many martial artists liked it. Those days […]

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Are You Disciplined Enough To Be A Timex?

Some people compare martial artists to Timex watches; “takes a licking and keeps on ticking!” But what causes these athletes to commit to showing up, working hard and then leaving tired, sweaty and maybe sore? Discipline! Of course, the real discipline is showing up for the next class. However, after three weeks the body craves […]

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Breaking Boards Is Cool!

Believe it or not, some people, especially kids, take martial arts so they can break boards. Breaking boards is always a crowd pleaser during martial arts tournaments and exhibitions, and it even fascinates those not interested in martial arts. Remember the boys in elementary school who would break pencils with a “karate chop” to show […]

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Enthusiasm, the Key to Success

What differentiates the top martial artists from the rest? Take a closer look the next time you watch them in action. It’s evident that they are passionate about what they do. It is their enthusiasm that keeps them pressing on towards their goal when others quit because they’re tired and weary. They are heroes to […]

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How Martial Arts Builds Confidence

One of the most valuable benefits of training in the martial arts is the sense of self-confidence you gain! You may be wondering how does this type of training increase a person’s level of self-confidence in a way NO OTHER activity can. Martial arts Well, it’s really quite simple. Martial arts Confidence is a SKILL, […]

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