Start With Your Limitations

Know your limitations, push them, but also respect them. We are who we are and, event though we can become better versions of ourselves, there are certain aspects of our nature that we simply cannot overcome. Instead of constantly fighting against these perceived limitations, we must learn to live with, embrace, and even accentuate them….

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…

Want Adapts to Need

Be the person you need to be and the person you want to be will adapt. It would be nice if we could all just ‘be ourselves’ without consequences, if everybody liked, loved, and respected us no matter how we behaved. Unfortunately, the people who count on us, those we serve, need us to show…

Growth Requires Caring

Apathy guarantees atrophy. There is no such thing as standing still. There is no true idle mode. We are either actively learning, growing, and improving or we are physically, intellectually, and spiritually regressing, i.e. dying. The surest way to ensure our early demise in some aspect of our life, aside from intentional self sabotage, is…

Randori: Failure as a Path to Rapid Learning & Growth

Failure is an essential component to rapid learning and growth. It is often said that martial arts which incorporate live, resistance-based, freestyle sparring (randori) create more effective martial artists more quickly than those that do not. Why is that? Simply put, people who regularly spar with each other fail more often than people who do…