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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Paleo Oatmeal Recipe

My daughter, Caitlin originally turned me on to the idea of Paleo Oatmeal.  She made it for me one day last week and I was hooked!  It’s high in protein, good fats, slightly sweet, and tastes amazing.  As you will see, it’s not really oatmeal since Paleo doesn’t do grains, but the consistency has the…

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Weakest Direction Theory is BS – Part 2

Make sure you read the highly controversial Part 1,Weakest Direction Theory is BS, before moving on to part 2 below… Preface I love martial arts.  I love everything about it.  I love training martial arts, practicing martial arts, teaching martial arts.  I love reading martial arts history, philosophy, even martial arts fiction.  I love talking…

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Weakest Direction Theory is BS

Warning: The following post is going to conflict with the most basic, fundamental principle you “know” to be true in martial arts.  Chances are you learned this principle on your first day of martial arts class.  Since that day you have repeated it almost every class.  You have taught it as truth to every new…

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My Morning Routine

For the past several weeks there has been a running theme interwoven throughout my blog posts.  That theme has been practice, Daily Personal Practice (DPP), to be precise. I’ve gotten several questions about the details of my own DPP since I refer to it several times in my writing.  So I figured I would pull…

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Best Way to Program Your Training

One of the most oft asked questions I get from people, from both the online and offline worlds, is about their weekly workout schedule: “How should I program my workouts?” “How many days per week should I train?” “Is it wrong or bad to train 2 days in a row?” “How much rest should I…

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Are You Practicing Wrong?

Are you making progress in your practice, or do you feel like you’re running in circles, making lots of motion but essentially getting nowhere? Maybe you’ve got this whole practice thing wrong… We all know that practice is absolutely essential to the development of any skill.  But how should we practice?  What qualities should our…

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Principles, Techniques, and Internal Power

For some reason people seem to use the terms principles,techniques, and internal power interchangeably within the context of martial arts practice.  Because of this mistake, they then tend to get confused between them.  While they are all obviously related, each term is separate and distinct and should not be interchangeable with one another.

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Warrior Bars (No-Bake Protein Bar Recipe)

Tired of store bought protein bars with too much sugar, sodium, and other assorted unpronounceable ingredients?  Try my easy, no-bake Warrior Bars!

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