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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.

The Habit of Happiness

Posted: February 13, 2018

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 to choose 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 act miserable. The attitude we display to the rest of the world often determines what type of attitude that comes back at us.

The Habit of Courtesy

Posted: February 13, 2018

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.


Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu for is great for kids

Posted: November 08, 2016

Royce Gracie Jiu jitsu is great for kids. 

At our academy in Redhill, Surrey we teach kids valuable self defence skills that they will keep for a lifetime. Our classes teach all 5 areas of Jiu Jitsu. 1) Self defence 2) Throwing skills 3) striking / kicking 4) ground defence and the last one 5) philosophy.

Without philosophy there cannot be any discipline. Without philosophy there cannot be any control. Without philosophy there cannot be any growth mentally.  Training kids Philosophy is a very important responsibility.  Sitting down and talking about Rectitude, Courage, Benevolence, Respect, Honesty, Honour and loyalty we believe enhances the individual practice in the martial arts and gives kids the ability to make better descisions. 

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