Archive for November, 2012

The Lone Wolf and the Pack

Friday, November 30th, 2012

How do you distinguish the mob from the tribe, legion or team? The mob floats where whim drifts, where emotion fickles, where ego whispers seditious wounds. Contrarily, the tribe stands though popular fad remains flippant, when reason must remain firm, calm and clear, and where the heart goes against all ...

Where’s your attention?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Martial art taught me that you're always vulnerable in the  moments and in the directions you're not paying attention. So, on a long, slow process, you learn to relax, to stop trying to impose your will upon a (mis)perceived threat, and to use your force of focus only upon resisting ...

No Candle Dimmed by Sharing Light

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

"I came to your gym and fought you in 1991. You were a guppie then, and I doubt much has changed. Don't do any Judo since and I still think I could kick your ass. Quit trying to act all motivational before someone like me kicks your ass again," writes ...

The Gentle Art isn’t Weak

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Archimedes once stated, "Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand, and I will move the earth." The better your technique, the less effort required to achieve results, and the greater your leverage over increasingly superior strength and size. This is the art ...

The best thing to give.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, ...

Reinvent yourself

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I have had to reinvent myself many times, and will again in the future when these current definitions of my character becomes too constrained for my growth. The definitions of my childhood as obese, learning disabled, and impoverished demanded that I demolish the old and rebuild ...

Run toward your Fear!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Walking down the bridge, kids attempting to kick out my 3rd grade shoes for being the "fat dork." I stumbled tripping down the stairs and turned enraged punching the culprit as hard as I could. All I heard from his puffed exhale was, "kill him!" And ...

When Crossfit and TACFIT Meet…

Monday, November 26th, 2012

"You're not allowed to do Crossfit at this club," said the desk trainer. "Okay," I replied and continued with my workout. She didn't move, so I smiled and said if she's just going to watch she should join me, which she didn't find amusing. She repeated that I wasn't ...

Realize Gifts

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Running down to the grocery for water and food, an elderly orthodox Jewish man asked me, visibly panting, “You’re Jewish, no?” I replied that I wasn’t and slowed down to walk with him. He said, "Don't worry. Nobody's perfect." He continued by telling me that he had been praying to ...

Talent is Overrated

Monday, November 26th, 2012

"I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest," Muhammad Ali. When I ended up convincing myself, then the real work began. Then, I started to share how everyone else could be the greatest, too... If ...