From Idea to Community

At the heart of every great idea is a spirit of generosity.

If we are honest with ourselves, our best ideas have not originated from our intellect. Instead, they formed and grew from some feeling or need deep inside of us, perhaps even simply a hunch. Our best ideas, therefore, having not come from our selves, are not selfish. They are a calling, a purpose, and a way for us to serve a greater need.

While great ideas may begin with the hope of solving some problem that we recognize in our lives, this is not how such ideas thrive. They cannot thrive in a vacuum, kept to ourselves. They live and grow to their fullest potential when they are shared.

What may have started as a nagging thought or urge to try something different has the potential to become something much more when shared with the world. When we share a solution to a problem we are having, for which there may have been no previous known solution, we make a new connection with the world. This connection, rooted in a common problem with an uncommon solution, is the foundation of a community.


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Artwork by Ana, except where otherwise noted

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