Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Is Good Enough the New Perfect

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Is Good Enough the New Perfect: True happiness...  is not attained through  self-gratification,  but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. -Helen Keller- W...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Tradition of Change...

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Tradition of Change...: The way you train is the way you fight.....   the way you fight is because of the way you train. This military pearl applies to ...

Is Good Enough the New Perfect

True happiness...
 is not attained through self-gratification,
 but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
-Helen Keller-

Who can create anything when only perfect is good enough ?

Once you acknowledge you aren't perfect and that your life isn't perfect after all
it becomes acceptable to simply be you in all your glorious imperfection.

Embracing imperfection is a kinder gentler way to live.
I haven't given up on my quest for excellence but...
 I'm a strong believer that going for 'good enough' leads to
 alot more  happiness than going for 'perfect'.

Being a commission sales person and a perfectionist is potentially lethal...LOL

Perfection is not attainable,
but if we chase it we can attain excellence.
-Vince Lombardi-

Have you ever tried to repair a glass vase or something equally precious that had fallen and smashed on the floor? Those hundreds of bits and pieces form an almost impossible puzzle and it is only through hours of patience and determination that you can almost repair the vessel. Once repaired, it is never the same as it was before. Water leaks through the cracks, edges are rough and uneven. This is because you are trying to restore the broken item to its original state which is impossible. The good news is that with a little creativity you can do so much more! Each little piece, when examined alone is seen for its own unique beauty. Together they can be used to build a new work of art, different to the first. I've seen beautiful art works where bits of glass were used to make mosaics, collages, mirrors, picture frames, and much more. Who could even tell what their original purpose had been?
 Would I have been that impressed with the glass chip when it was still part of a plate or window?
 Yet I marveled at its beauty as it hung proudly on a gallery wall.
In the past 24 months, I've had to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and recover from a some of the most painful moments in my life. One by one I held broken pieces up to the light, trying to figure out where they belonged. Turning them this way and that, I struggled to fit them back into their original places to restore the person I once had been. Every now and then I'd spot a glint of sunlight reflecting off a sharp shard and I'd throw it away. Then at times, I'd find a piece that was different and I'd realize that this little piece was lovely. After almost a year of fruitless effort, I've come to the realization that the person I once had been can never be restored to his original state. But God has blessed me with a unique opportunity to take all these lovely little pieces and to build someone new. Little bits and pieces of me, that were invisible in the past, are now given a chance to shine.
It is painful to have your life shattered and it may seem impossible to pick up those pieces. Sometimes we don't even know where to start. Any form of repair and reconstruction is a long process. But friends, know that it is also an opportunity to re-invent yourself to become the person you would like to be. It is a unique opportunity to look closely at the beautiful bits of you. To hold them up to the light and appreciate the way they shine. Don't waste time trying to rebuild the past, rather appreciate this wonderful gift and build a whole new future! One that you would proudly hang on a gallery wall.

-John Hall-

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Tradition of Change...

The way you train is the way you fight.....
  the way you fight is because of the way you train.
This military pearl applies to every aspect of warrior arts.
 As modern day soldiers, we learn to adapt and modify our tactics,
 training, and procedures to address various combat and situational environments. 
 Warrior skills as outlined by Sun Tzu in the Art of War 
are as applicable today as they were centuries ago in ancient China.

 The situational environment often dictates  defensive/offensive focus

Traditional values in M.M.A. ?

More than 500,000 Americans are currently registering for lessons in  Martial Arts each year. The majority of these clubs and schools teach only fighting and self-defense techniques,  This type of training enhances the negative personality traits of already delinquent people.

Traditional martial art philosophy emphasises respect for others,
 humility, confidence, responsibility, honesty, perseverance, and honor.

 This philosophy is integral to traditional Martial Arts training sessions.

Looking back at the early Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC),
 we can see some disgraceful performances by various TMA practitioners.
 Why do these legendary fighting-systems that served well for generations
  seem to have deteriorated into arts that will cause the average fighter to fail in the cage? 
Do "sport" martial arts have certain techniques that traditional ones don't? 
There are limiting "Rules" in sports that many say is the cause of this debate. 
What is the real reason for their losses?


 Conditioning, Ground work, Sparring & Cross Training
are the keys to RMA and MMA success !!!

TMA have always had their own way of conditioning.
 To be a good overall martial artist you will need strength,
 endurance, flexibility and devotion. 
These can come from many forms of training.

 Calisthenics, running, heavy bag work, jump rope, swimming, 
and sparring are effective ways to get into shape. 

 If I do get taken down, 
I feel confident enough to survive on the ground.

 Try Judo, BJJ, Wrestling, Sambo, and Indian-wrestling.
 To be a better TMA fighter, expand your ground-fighting range.
 Think about to going outside your current art.

 Kickboxing, full-contact Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai and Sanshou are examples of how "traditional" martial arts have successfully trained for serious fighting.
 Sparring is essential for an artist's growth.

 Cross-training is vital to increase your arsenal
 and to remove the limitations of your current perspective

- Bruce Lee-