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Category: MAT TO LIFE

If I Can, Anyone Can!

For a very long time, in fact not even that long ago, I was embarrassed to tell my story. I preferred for people to see me as I am now, and to not know the backstory. Over the past few years I have opened up more about my life’s story. Partly because people keep asking, partly because I have needed to heal, and partly because, it is that very story that has led me where I am today. While there is much of my life’s story I have shared, there......

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How Boxing Taught Me that Sweating the Small Stuff Leads to Success!

There is a lot of fuss made about setting goals. Tony Robbins says, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” I think goals are great, but it seems that most people never achieve them, partly because they don’t realize that a goal is part of a journey. Setting a goal without action is simply a dream. Achieving a goal takes work. Not just work every now and then, but consistent work, every single day. You can’t just work on a goal half......

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How The Art of The Story, Changed My Martial Life

Appius Claudius Caecus, a Roman politician was quoted as saying:

faber est suae quisque fortunae (every man is the artisan of his own fortune)

Secretly I have always had this quote in my wallet. At times when things got tough, I would pull it out to remind myself of what he said. It is as true today, as it was at the time he uttered those words. We all have a life story. It is our story that shapes not only how we......

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Facing Off With Your Inner Opponent

In many ways modern martial arts is an extension of modern living, at least as we experience it in the West. Just like so many of us that focus on the external, and materialistic nature of our existence, so does this seem to be prevalent in the world of modern martial arts. Success sadly is often narrowly defined by the physical, the external, and whom someone can beat. What stays in our minds is the physical techniques, the outward manifestation that we observe in that victory. People then scramble off to learn......

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