Sunday, June 27, 2010

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Self Defense

The dojo that I am associated with here in Fayetteville is doing self-defense seminars for different organizations. I am especially proud of this fact because I think it is very important to work with the community. I also think it is very important for everyone to be exposed to the concepts of self defense.

I was reading another practitioner's blog complaining that this fostered the impression that all a person needs is a two hour class to be prepared for self defense. That is ludicrous to me. In my other professional life, I know very well that a person simply does not know what they do not know until they are exposed to it and then consequently learn what they do not know.

I am thinking specifically of a conversation that I had with a young lady earlier this week. She was interested in learning something that she could defend herself with. She said that she liked to think that she could handle herself in a situation. I went around the counter to demonstrate a concept and have to say that in my opinion, even if she tried her hardest to defend herself against a larger stronger attacker, she would not be able to start. I find this is more common than some of us may think.

In the self defense classes that we teach, we at least encourage the participants to strike, some of them for the first time in their lives. The most important thing that we can teach in a two hour seminar is mental. "Be aware of your surrounding". If you or a loved one has not been to a self defense class, (I don't mean a trial martial arts class, especially Tae Kwon Do) then you should find one and please attend it. Learn some of the basics, and then I highly encourage you to find a legitimate martial arts school that teaches martial arts, not sports. If you do not learn techniques that can be applied against a non-compliant partner, find another school. If your instructor cannot perform the technique against a non compliant stronger partner, find another school.

Your life is too valuable to fall for the hucksters and shams that exist.
“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu

Friday, June 18, 2010

God has no religion.....Mahatma Gandhi.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow." Lao Tzu

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"There is seldom any rational reason for having regrets about past deeds or events.
Because the past does not exist in any way other than in your memory." ~Paul Wilson

Monday, June 14, 2010

"He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye."

Sunday, June 13, 2010

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha
and yes, Basil is leafy and green :-)

Friday, June 11, 2010

"A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should." ~ author unknown

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

This is Major Tom to ground control

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pinky: "Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?" The Brain: "The same thing we do every night, Pinky try to take over the world!"

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Taiji this morning, then to the dojo for more Taiji, now a Caprice salad for Basil a leafy green?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Lao Tzu