When you manage to overcome your own mind, you overcome myriad concerns, rise above all things, and are free. When you are overcome by your own mind, you are burdened by myriad concerns, subordinate to things, unable to rise above. … Continue reading →
When I was serving in the Finnish Military, there was an entire lecture devoted to a rather peculiar topic for cadets in basic training—pornography. As you can imagine, an organization with a few thousand teenage boys in it might have … Continue reading →
In taijutsu it is important that one’s legs and feet be soft and supple, yet strong as steel; winning or losing in real combat, it is in the legs and feet! Toshitsugu Takamatsu
There is something especially difficult about turning down a challenge to prove yourself as a martial artist. Whether it’s because you want to put to bed any doubts about your skill, or someone is just talking crap about your system/dojo, … Continue reading →
Amateurs train until they get it right; professionals train until they cant get it wrong.
Martial artists often deal with pain. It’s part of the human experience, but we learn to think of it differently than others. Probably just from repeated exposure. For most of us there are two very different things going on at … Continue reading →