To compete or not compete, that is the question.

As a former internationally ranked competitor, I understand the benefits tournaments provide. Sport karate can help us prepare for life as we develop discipline, confidence, and resilience, and recognize the importance of time management, goal setting, individual achievement, teamwork and a positive mindset. Competition, however, is often a double-edged sword. Winning feeds the ego,...

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The Need to Remember

The kanji character 祖 “so” means ancestor, pioneer, founder, innovator, and grandparent. If you’re of Asian origin or have Asian friends of a certain age, you will hear them say “our ancestors are always with us.” We owe a debt of gratitude to blood relations who gave us our DNA and characteristics. Great, good...

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Balance, Heikō 平衡. Synchronicity, harmony of community and the Self: the Rainmaker Story

There was a great drought in a province of China. For months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic, famine and starvation loomed large. The Catholics missionaries made processions, the Protestants missionaries made prayers, and the Chinese Buddhists burned joss-sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the...

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The ageless path – Budo

It’s no big secret that in most sports athletes hit their peak somewhere between their mid twenties and early thirties. But if you step out of the combat-sport competitive environment, the martial arts practice can and will greatly benefit your physical, emotional and mental state right into your golden age. Physical activity gradually declines...

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