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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.

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

Posted: March 06, 2018

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 is most obvious in close personal relationships, but also applies at work and in every type of human interaction. Seeking First to Understand is one of the most highly empowering communication techniques.

The Habit of Persistance

Posted: February 13, 2018

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.

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