Be Yourself For Others

Often, the struggle we face in our lives is between what other people want from us and what we actually want for ourselves. When we are young, we are told that we can be anything we want to be when we grow up, but, as we get older, we are also told that we must…

Facing The Challenge (To Who We Think We Are)

Who you think you are is your greatest obstacle to growth and progress along the way. We all step onto the mats with a certain amount of ego — a self-perception, self-protection, and self-projection — that we consciously or unconsciously hide behind. As we train, if we are being challenged in a safe and healthy…

Not Who You Are, But Who You Can Be

The goal is not to find someone with whom you can be yourself, but with whom you are better than you were alone. Too much time and energy is spent trying to establish and fortify our identity, the self that we present to the world and that we want the world to embrace, respect, and…