August 2, 2017


Everytime I walk into class and recite the creed – “Wisdom, Benevolence, Sincerity, Bravery” a mindset shift takes over right after those words are recited. All […]
May 4, 2017

Sometimes you are your own worst enemy

Ever hear that saying “You are your own worst critic” especially when referring to artists? Well, that saying really applies to everyone. We can be our […]
February 21, 2017

A Young Woman’s Perspective in the Martial Arts

I have been practicing martial arts since I was seven years old, which makes this my thirteenth year as a martial artist. When people hear that […]
February 10, 2017

Positive thinking even in the small things can go a long way

A couple of weeks ago I became pretty sick with a nasty bug that was going around, and was pretty much out of commission for two […]
January 19, 2017

Keep It Simple–Never underestimate the power of the basics.

No matter how far you progress in your practice, a strong foundation will always be vital and an integral component in future endeavors. Just as a […]
December 16, 2016

Don’t Be Afraid

Practice is all about repetition. Cycles of drills run though over and over throughout the accumulating years of experience.  Do you ever get caught up or […]
December 10, 2016

Practice with Intensity & Intention

Practicing with intensity is something that, admittedly, can be forgotten from time to time. The longer we practice, the easier it may be to fall victim […]
December 7, 2016

Walmart Employee Trampled by Shoppers: Where is the Self Control in our Society?

We hear about people dying needlessly everyday but I was truly taken aback to read a story in the newspaper today about a temporary Walmart employee being trampled […]
December 2, 2016

Martial Arts and Vulnerability

This practice, no matter how hard you fight it, will expose you. It’s unforgiving in its delivery of truth–of the things within yourself that need changing–in […]
December 2, 2016

Practice that Never Ends

Those of us training in this system have heard repeatedly of phrases like “Your practice is never over”, “You’ll always keep learning and discovering new things”, […]
November 30, 2016

Why Give Thanks Just for a Day?

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. A special day for giving thanks. But I wonder why we need a special day on the calendar to remind us to be thankful?  […]
November 23, 2016

Ready to Quit your Martial Arts Training? Before you do ask yourself this…

I think there is a time when everyone who takes martial arts feels discouraged. I think there is a time in everyone’s LIFE when they feel […]
November 18, 2016

The Road to Peace

Peace.  Most everyone seeks it, but surprisingly less than we think are said to actually able to obtain it. Such a strange occurrence for those who […]
November 16, 2016

Martial Arts Classes or the Gym? Is one better than the other?

I just read an article about why it can be intimidating for people to go to the gym. The main gist of it was that people […]
November 9, 2016

Do any good “Kung Fu” Lately? What is in a Name…

Naming your blog is sort of like naming your child.  It takes thought and consideration.  After all,  your blog is an extension and reflection on yourself…much like your […]
November 2, 2016

Awareness in Nature Practice – My Martial Arts Retreat

Well it has been too long since I last posted and am feeling guilty but guilt is such a wasted emotion I will quickly move on […]
October 26, 2016

Kung Fu, Awareness & Meditation Retreat

Well I just got back yesterday from a really great experience. I went on a retreat with my kung fu classmates and teacher for the weekend.  […]
October 22, 2016

Mindfulness in Everyday Living

Today is a beautiful day outside. The sky is blue and sprinkled with some wispy clouds. There is a strong, cool breeze and the sun is […]
October 19, 2016

The Real Reason Why I Began Practicing Martial Arts

First, just a little background on this post. I was glancing through some past posts and something struck me,  something that has bothered me about this blog of mine right from […]
October 12, 2016

Are You Going to be One of the Hunched Crones? Body Awareness in the Martial Arts

I was walking around at work today; practicing awareness. You know, trying to stay in the moment and paying attention. Well, as I did I couldn’t […]
October 5, 2016

Learning Tough Life Lessons in the Dojo

Most people begin taking martial arts classes for one of two reasons…they want to get into shape or they want to learn to defend themselves. But […]
September 29, 2016

Spreading the Word of True Martial Arts

I never had any real desire to take martial arts growing up. I mean like most people I guess I thought it looked cool but, probably like […]