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Keep your emotions in Balance

Posted: June 24, 2018


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 thing to remember is that you are responsible for your actions. You may not be able to control your thoughts, but you certainly should be able to control what you do. So you might just decide not to say or do anything you could regret later when you are emotional. Logic and emotion are like oil and water…they don’t mix. Wait until you are calm before you confront someone with an issue or before you make any important decisions.

Dealing with obstacles

Posted: June 10, 2018


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:

Winners Never Quit

Posted: June 03, 2018


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?


Posted: April 27, 2018

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 you’re not truthful with yourself. So let’s develop honesty in life, just as we develop good posture for our Martial Arts.

How to be a great team player

Posted: April 27, 2018

How to be a great team player.

One of the most important benefits of having a cohesive team is synergy; the total is more than the sum of its parts. When a team is working well together, more gets done, and the process is more enjoyable. In essence, everybody benefits.

Following are some simple guidelines to help keep a team in the flow, how to approach someone when there is a challenge, and how to respond to being critiqued by others.

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