Creating Change Requires Risk

Some ideas are worth pursuing and some are not, but there is no way to know the difference without trying. By definition, an idea cannot be great without its potential to create some kind of change. Change is a risky proposition because change requires movement and, in order for movement to occur, friction, resistance, and…

Moving Through The Familiar To The Innovative

Movements are made by attracting people with what is familiar, but then guiding them toward that which is not. We tend to like and to gravitate towards that with which we are already familiar. Familiarity makes us feel comfortable and secure because, with the familiar, we know what to expect. The familiar poses no threat,…

Changing Ourselves To Change The World

Choose a practice that affects you in the way that you want to affect others. If we commit ourselves to a practice consistently enough, over a long enough period of time, for better or worse, that practice will begin to shape who we are and how we relate to the world. Oftentimes, our actions and…

Imagine If You Can

Along the path, your greatest obstacle is not going to be some thing, some person, or some event, but your own imagination. When we pursue some goal or dream, it is inevitable that there will be obstacles along the way to achieving it. There will be people, attitudes, and barriers that stand in our way…

Questioning Resistance

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 If you found…