Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Trial by Fire

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Trial by Fire: Trial by fire or ordeal is a judicial practice by which the guilt or innocence of the accused is determined by subjecting him to an unpl...

Trial by Fire

Trial by fire or ordeal
is a judicial practice by which the guilt or innocence of the accused is determined by subjecting him to an unpleasant, usually dangerous experience.
 Classically, the test is one of life or death and the proof of innocence is survival.
 The accused is considered innocent by escaping injury or if his injuries heal.

'Ordeal by Red Hot Iron'

According to modern evolutionary theory, 
different emotions evolved at different times.
 Primal emotions or fears are associated with ancient parts of the brain.
They evolved among our pre mammal ancestors.

If you always put limits on everything you do,

physical or anything else.
 It will spread into your work and into your life.
 There are no limits.
 There are only plateaus,
 and you must not stay there,
 you must go beyond them.
-Bruce Lee-

It's said that failure to act or laziness is a sin...............

Sloth...... is defined as physical laziness or spiritual laziness.
Sloth has also been defined as a failure to do things that one should do.
 In Christian faith the definition is evil exists when good men fail to act.

In martial arts the trial by fire is the Black Belt test.

  Joe Lewis told us that for 11 minutes he wanted us to give him all of our heart.
This was probably one of the most pivotal moments in my life .
Did I experience fear....yup ...............Pain ....Hell Yea !

When I was experiencing intense pain,
 just on the other side of the suffering was an intense connection with life.
 and with being embodied, having a body and feeling sensations.
 It’s almost as if the pure experience of it was all that mattered.
I recently had the honor of watching two of my students 'trial by fire',
The pre-test for Black belt.

I know intimately the commitment and sacrifice they've made.
I am blessed to have shared this experience with them.

In what ways might you be avoiding the pains of daily life? 
How can you engage on your lifes' journey while saying “No” to the parts that feel difficult?

We numb ourselves by constantly pursuing achievement and in doing so, 
we miss out on the true joy that comes from actualizing our truest and deepest desires.

Fire is the origin of stone.
By working the stone with heat,
I am returning it to it's source.
-Andy Goldsworthy-

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Sacred Shroud

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Sacred Shroud: Shroud of Turin The origins of the image on the shroud are the subject of intense debate.   Scientific publications and theologians...

The Sacred Shroud

Shroud of Turin

The origins of the image on the shroud are the subject of intense debate.
  Scientific publications and theologians have presented diverse arguments for 
 authenticity and methods of forgery.

One writer says,
 The Shroud is an image of God's love as well as of human sin.
The imprint left by the tortured body of the Crucified One,
  attests to the tremendous human capacity for causing pain and death to one's fellow man,
 it stands as an icon of the suffering of the innocent in every age.

You are very powerful,
 provided you know how powerful you are.
-Yogi Bhajan-

 We try to avoid the unknown by not facing our uncertain future.
Whether it's death, failure, ridicule, pain or injury
 We avoid change because we feel  that nothing is guaranteed.
 How can we develop inner strength to grow, heal, and evolve without changing..?

Our lives are a reflection of how we handle adversity and how we inspire others to do the same.
In sales and life, your most powerful learning tool is your power of observation.
 Valuable skills can be picked up just from observing various business/personal situations.

 Once upon a time, mighty dinosaurs ruled the earth.
 They no longer even exist..... Why?
 Because they didn’t adapt to change. Don’t risk extinction!

-Dan Kennedy-

 You may think that in life, a lot of things happen to you along the way.
 The truth is, in life, you happen to a lot of things along the way.
Choosing to live your life by your own choice is the greatest freedom you will ever have.
The attributes you project and inspire in  those whose lives you touch will be your legacy.

Freeing your spirit can be as simple as loosing a little weight.....
not physical weight but emotional weight.
When we are carrying a little extra weight but we are still functional,
 we become complacent, content.
 We adapt to the 'added pounds'.
When we accept the extra pounds as part of life it sabotages our focus.

In our tradition, we die three deaths.

The first death is a physical one.
Our second death is when our bodies are lowered into the ground,
 returned to mother earth, out of sight.
The third and most definitive death is when there is no one left alive that remembers us. 

The positive attributes you project and inspire
 into the lives you touch will be your legacy.
-Robb Buckland-

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Disentigration ...

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Disentigration ...: Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Disentigration of Conscience : Conscience is an aptitude , faculty , intuition or judgment of the intell...

Stealing the Thunder

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, 
where moth and rust doth corrupt,
 and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
 where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
 and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 - Matthew 6:19-21,24

Greed is more a sin of thoughtlessness and convenience than of conscious avarice,
 though it is always an appropriation of moral power,
 a stealing of thunder

Is your greed corrupting your training ?

Your fitness / martial arts training performance is handcuffed by your attitude and confidence rather than your ability.
 Using imagery or visualization improves performance, reduces anxiety, and increases confidence.
A client recently told me due to job pressures they didn't feel as though they had any time.
Especially time to train....they were "stealing their own thunder."

Any thoughts we have are subconsciously converted into our actions.
Make sure your thoughts are not converse to your actions or goals. 
Your goals birth your dreams.


To further fuel your success as a martial artist, think about adapting.
 Instead of continuing to do what doesn't work.
Change will provide a host of new opportunities.
Learn new skills,
without new skills and knowledge we become complacent and lose confidence. will empower you and fuel your passion.


What you eat fuels your mind and body.
It keeps you on track to achieving your goals.
It's necessary to get the most amino acids out of the food you do eat.
 High-quality protein from animal sources is your best choice.
 Supplemental whey protein can help you achieve that large daily dose of protein.
 Ain't Skeered 
Some have actually made a habit of fear
The only way you to release the grip of fear is to make a conscious decision to step out of it.
 In order to make this work,
 You have to discover your hearts passion.
  Now train your mind to accept it as a goal that you have already achieved.