Archive for the ‘mastery’ Category

Secret #3: “Become Acquainted with Every Art” by Scott Sonnon

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Secret #3: “Become Acquainted with Every Art” by Scott Sonnon Art might be defined as expression of the deep psychological and spiritual structure of the self, refined through technique.  The art that I’ve studied most is human movement, in particular martial. Becoming a student ...

Mastering the System

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Joe Wilson and I have been training together for over a decade, whether martial artists and professional fighters, special operations soldiers and federal law enforcement personnel, or health and fitness professionals from countries Australia to Scotland. I cannot say that I respect very men more than ...

Transcending the Ego, Once Mastering the Serpent.

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Recently again, I reflect upon the large reptile spiraling across my shoulder. An early childhood fascination turned University concentration on mythology led me repeatedly toward the metaphor of the dragon. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck in China, as well as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. ...

Inside the Mind of a Fighter; How Will You Be Remembered?

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

What's inside the mind of a fighter? I've trained many but the true inner life remains locked private.Within my heart I wonder: what if this were my final competition? How would I be remembered? Would I fight with honor; with valor; with integrity and dignity? Would I be worthy of ...

Why I Got Started in Martial Arts

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Doctors claimed my joint pain related to osteochondrosis, which basically means as I grew my connective tissue didn't adhere to my growth plates like normal children and causing conventional sports and athletics to shred me, requiring my mother to rub my joints with liniment nightly as I screamed through tears ...

The euphoria of exercise

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Now, I know what you're thinking. And you're probably not far from the truth. When we're talking about states of euphoria, the sexual orgasm lights up the brain's neural circuitry like a Christmas tree. The only endogenous (deriving from inside the body) phenomenon close to the sexual orgasm are the ...

Perfect Practice does NOT make Perfect!

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

You're often told that practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, this redundant cliche lacks meaning and guidance. Firstly, even if you could practice a perfect technique, the body always adapts neurologically, so technically... perfect practice would make perfect-er. But that's not the problem is it? The difficulty isn't ...

SAMBO Leg Locks and Creating your Core Base Study

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Every fighter should have a base martial art, a specialty which fits his/her physiology and psychology. From this sturdy foundation, you build your comprehensive fighting strategies. Without any "core" art, under stress of sudden, overwhelming or unfamiliar circumstances, you will fall to the level of your fitness, rather than the technique ...

How-to Walk the Tightrope of Perfection

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Due to my genetic disadvantages, I needed to exploit every technological (training) advantage possible. This included the hormonal edge of training. Though my opponents may have been physically superior, tapping into the hormonal cascade helped me super-charge my skills beyond that of my competition. But it's a fine line, a ...

Gained 33lbs of Athletic Muscle and 40 Years of Life!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The 2 images on the left were from early November 2008, just about to depart for Italy. The 2 on the right were from last week. So, ten months. Not a ten weeks steroid induced swell, BUT I have better range of motion, mobility, functional power, flexibility, mental stamina and ...