Martial Software or Martial Hardware?

Remember in The Matrix when Morpheus downloaded those dozens of different martial arts programs (software) into Neo’s brain and he instantly could perform all the techniques from those arts?  That is a superb example of a software upgrade.  Techniques instantly available at your fingertips – literally!

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Sometimes More Is Better

It seems that in this super busy, fast-paced world we live in many people are looking for the MED – minimum effective dose – for just about everything.  How can we train more efficiently?  How can we train smarter, not harder?  How little can I do to produce the effects I want? Quality over quantity,…

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It Will NOT Change

What is the one thing that has always been constant in every problem, every failure, every fight with a loved one, every argument, every challenge, every lost job, every lost relationship, every lost opportunity that you have ever encountered in your entire life? What is this one thing that has been ubiquitous throughout all those…

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25 Life Lessons from Martial Arts Practice

At 41 years old, I have now been training in the martial arts for over 30 years.  It does not seem like it’s been that long!  Some days I look at the huge expanse of knowledge and history that is real budo and feel dwarfed by its enormity.  Other days I feel like I have…

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Should You Be Better?

Here’s a great life question for you to ponder today.  It’s really a simple question, yet quite profound.  It cuts to the heart of most every self-improvement philosophy out there.  Here it is:  “If you could be better, should you?”

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The Secret to Motivation is ____________

A few weeks ago I sent a question out to my email list (HINT – if you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe on the right!) asking what topics they had questions about and wanted to see more blog posts on.  Several great questions and suggestions came back.  One that was repeated often was the question…

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Imperfect Training for Injury Prevention

“All-round sports training must include the capability of coping with unexpected and sub-optimal conditions” – Mel Siff, PHD author of Supertraining   In a recent post, Are You Practicing Wrong, I covered why I think the idea of “perfect practice” is utter nonsense when it comes to training yourself how to get really improve at pretty…

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Can You Ever Be Strong Enough?

Whenever I meet with a potential new client at the gym, I always ask them 3 basic questions: Why are you here?  What are your goals?  What is it about yourself that you want to change/improve?  Invariably, they all say some semblance of the same thing… “I want to lose x number of pounds”, “I…

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9 Steps to Creating Harmony in Your Life

1.  You Cannot Control What Happens This first one is an essential principle.  If you can wrap your head around this one, the rest is easy (well, easier, anyway).  The basic premise is simple: you cannot control what happens to you.  The only thing you can ever control is YOUR reaction to it.  See my…

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7 Ways to Jump Start Your Fitness Routine

You need to get back to the gym.  You know it.  I know it.  The question is, why aren’t you doing it? You know you should workout.  You know you should upgrade your nutrition.  You know you should do more to support an active healthy lifestyle.  You know you should hire a trainer.  You know…

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