Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Word

What an astonishing thing a book is.
It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts,
 on it are imparted lots of funny dark squiggles.
With one glance you're inside the mind of another person,
maybe someone that died thousands of years ago.
Across the millenia author is speaking clearly,
 silently inside your head, directly to you.
Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions,
binding together people who never knew each other.
Books break the shackles of society.
A book is proof that humans are capable of magic.
-Carl Sagan-

When I trained with Lawrence Tan (Tan Dao founder).
 Tan referred to forms as books of knowledge.
 Forms contain ancient interpretations of different
 'languages of movement' labeled with animal names.

We alone have the power within us to solve our problems,
 relieve our anxieties and pain, heal our illnesses,
improve our golf game or get a promotion.

 Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,
 is so massively popular that it gave rise to a publicly traded corporation.
 Last year, Franklin Covey,recorded sales of $333 million.

Obviously we want /are willing to pay for keys to self improvement.

Martial arts is not the most popular form of fitness training,
definitely the most all encompassing.

Mind    Body    Spirit

Recently in the moments preceding a Kickbox Fitness class,
a student and I were looking at this months fitness magazines.
Believe it or else.......
4 outta 5 magazines featured articles on
 the unparalleled benefits of martial arts fitness classes.

When a society is rich and triumphant
its people start to ask not just what can be had from life
 but how can I live a life that's worth living,

The answer is fitness, not just of the body.... but total fitness. 

The father of American kickboxing, The Legendary Joe Lewis
created several tools to achieve this total fitness goal.
The first was Kickbox Fitness the second were his fighting forms.

Today we can still be inspired by his'voice'
in the black belt manual or these 'books of knowlege'..

Don't let your fear of the unknown cost you this opportunity
Try something new ...Read a book 
Practice these books of knowledge.

I wonder if kids now feel as sad, lonely,
and serious about life as I did when I was at that age.

Whether its your biological child or your inner child,
I have compassion for both in your quest to find comfort in your own skin.

Joe Lewis taught,

 confidence comes when you are hurt and/or exhausted,
not when you are fresh.

 Learn to stay dangerous despite being at at a disadvantage,
your confidence will build.

 Confidence comes from experiencing the times when you survive,
  though you may not have won the fight,
 That translates to all areas of life and has helped me tremendously.


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