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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - My Word is Law! - Self Discipline

    My Word is Law! - Self Discipline

    QUALITIES OF A BLACK BELT – SELF DISCIPLINE Many of us know that self-discipline is the single most important quality a Martial Artist can have. A disciplined person is someone who knows what to do and then does it. Someone without self-discipline may know what they should do, but unless it’s what they want to do, they often don’t do it. The simplest way to develop self-discipline is to use the concept “My Word Is Law”. “My Word Is Law” means that you do anything and everything that you say you are going to do. The two keys to having success in the “My Word Is Law” principle are, first off, only commit to do things that you really ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - Keep your emotions in Balance

    Keep your emotions in Balance

    QUALITIES OF A BLACK BELT – KEEP YOUR EMOTIONS IN BALANCE The Black Belt Quality of “Keeping Your Emotions in Balance”. As the saying goes, “Lose control of your emotions in a fight and your opponent has an ally!” Every emotion has an appropriate time and place. There is a time to be stern and a time to be compassionate. If we become overly emotional, or if we become emotional when it doesn’t serve us, we lose our ability to think clearly and act appropriately. If, however, we are able to respond with the appropriate emotion, at the appropriate time, with the appropriate intensity, then our emotions work for us rather than against us. An important ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - Happy, but never satisfied

    Happy, but never satisfied

    HAPPY, BUT NEVER SATISFIED When an athlete (or anyone) stops trying to become better, they stop being good. The second we become satisfied is the second that we stop trying to become better. People who are sad or depressed tend to lament that they "should be" better at this or that (school, work, relationships, sports, or other areas of life). What they are really doing is focusing on their lack or failure. The happiest and most productive people tend to focus on their strengths, and on the progress or gains that have been made toward their goal. This affirms the previous effort and positively points us toward our goal. We hope you are happy with your present skill level in the martial ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - Dealing with obstacles

    Dealing with obstacles

    PERSEVERANCE – DEALING WITH OBSTACLES No matter what you are trying to accomplish, there will almost always be obstacles that get in your way of accomplishing your goals. It’s important to understand this before you begin. Just knowing this helps you prepare to overcome obstacles before you encounter them. The next step is to anticipate what kind of obstacles you are likely to encounter and prepare to address them before you encounter them. If you know how to overcome an obstacle before you encounter it, you are much more likely to successfully overcome that obstacle. Here are the keys to dealing with obstacles:
    Understand that you will encounter obstacles
    Anticipate what ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - Winners Never Quit

    Winners Never Quit

    WINNERS NEVER QUIT Someone once said, “Winners never Quit and Quitters never win.” The greatest story ever told about winning is a little story about a race between two animals. This race was between a rabbit and a turtle. Can you tell me the real name of the story? (The Tortoise and Hare) Who won the race? Why? You see, most people who quit trick themselves by doing what the Hare did… they tell themselves that they aren’t quitting but they are going to “take a little break”. Do you think the tortoise ever wanted to take a break? I think so… I also think that the tortoise also knew that one of the hardest parts of accomplishing any worthy goal ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - THE QUALITIES OF A CHAMPION – POSTURE AND HONESTY

    THE QUALITIES OF A CHAMPION – POSTURE AND HONESTY

    Another quality of Martial Arts champions, posture and its parallel human quality of honesty. In Martial Arts, good posture improves balance and increases power. Maintaining precise balance enables you to strike in a wide variety of ways and defend attacks from all angles. Good posture is a key component of the body's geometry that enables you to produce maximum power. The parallel human quality to posture is honesty. When most people think about the concept of honesty, they think about being honest with others. Being honest with others is vital, but it is equally important to be honest with yourself. Honesty is the core of integrity and you simply can’t have high integrity if ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - Covey's 7 habits - Seek first to be understand and then to be understood

    Covey's 7 habits - Seek first to be understand and then to be understood

    In simplest terms, seeking First to Understand and Then to Be Understood means, listen first, talk second. The key here is to really listen and work hard to see things from the other person’s point of view before sharing your own. Developing this skill opens up a whole new dimension of understanding. This is very powerful and creates very positive outcomes because it taps into one of the deepest needs of any human being… the need to be understood. When people feel that you understand them, they are much more likely to genuinely consider what you have to say. Don’t ever underestimate the transformational power that comes when someone believes you understand them. This ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - The Habit of Persistance

    The Habit of Persistance

    Nearly every story of great success and achievement is an example of Persistence. Greatness and success rarely occurs without many years of hard work and dedication put forth toward a worthy goal.
    That’s true in the Martial Arts and it’s true in the history of mankind. Most of the time, the person that raises their hand in victory, has overcome the odds and developed the habit of persistence. Every White Belt that is persistent and decides that they are going to achieve their Black Belt. That nothing will get in their way, sooner or later…the White Belt that never quits will earn their Black Belt and appreciate it even more because of the obstacles ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - The Habit of Happiness

    The Habit of Happiness

    Did you know that Happiness is a choice?
    Everyday, you and I get to choose if we are going to happy or we can choose to be miserable. We get tochoose how we greet our family, friends and the rest of the world around us. You can either put a smile on your face and greet people in a happy and friendly manner, or you can frown and actmiserable. The attitude we display to the rest of the world often determines what type of attitude that comes back at us. If you treat othersin a kind, polite and friendly manner, they are more likely to respond back in a similar fashion. Not everyone you greet will appreciate your happiness and positive attitude, but many ....

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  •  in Redhill - Ellis Academy - The Habit of Courtesy

    The Habit of Courtesy



    Champions practice being courteous because they understand that Martial Arts begins and ends with respect. Black Belt manners and courtesy is like a code of conduct amongst quality Martial Artist.

    However, it must be practiced daily on and off the mats. Whenever you greet someone, be the first to offer your hand for a polite greeting and look them in the eye as you express your respect and appreciation.
    Kids are taught early to be courteous and to have good manners. Often times the simple and important lessons we learn early in life need to be repeated and even relearned. Demonstrating Black Belt manners and courtesy is a positive life lesson and one of ....

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