Reasons to Practice Martial Arts

Martial arts have been a big part of my life since I was a child. I started first with Kung Fu then Arnis/Eskrima and most largely Western Martial Arts (those I teach and practice at my school Academie Duello). I am often asked why people practice martial arts or why I practice swordplay specifically – …

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Starting Your Day Right

Having a good day hinges largely on how you start it. Over years I have built a start of day routine (at least for my work days) that I feel gets me off on the right foot. Here’s what I do: 1st – Alignment I follow a process in my life called Alignment where I …

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Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

I have been on a kick lately of really getting on board with this idea. In the past I had cultivated a very solid set of strategies for calming my psyche in times of stress. I would feel stress, sit and process that stress, untangle it and work to resolve it before moving forward. Don’t …

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Being Respected is More Valuable than Being Liked

One of my greatest challenges in growing up has been recognizing that it is more important to have someone’s respect than their friendliness.  When I use the word respect I’m not talking about a deference built from fear but a genuine positive regard for another. It is easy to act in a friendly manner toward …

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Playing with Discomfort

This week I have put it before myself to do something big each day. To dare. To risk. To move beyond my comfort zone. That topic has me thinking about my relationship with insecurity. In Mating in Captivity, author Esther Perel, talks to the conflict that comes between our desire to create comfort and security …

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Doing the One Big Thing

It’s easy to get caught in the myriad of tasks. The thousands of little things that can be done each day. The routine of your regular way of doing things or a pattern of comfortable procrastination. What if you did one big thing each day? One thing that challenged you or scared you. One thing …

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