It Is Better To Be Better

If we want to be heard, we must first stop making noise. Distance and time are no longer barriers to communication. Distance has become irrelevant and the time between putting a message into the world and having that message received has condensed down to nearly an instant. The new barrier to communication is noise. Everyone…

The Path Not Yet Considered

Leadership, by definition, is an unpopular opinion. It is impossible to take the lead by conforming to public opinion, by acquiescing to a perceived consensus, or by trying to be popular instead of right. Leadership requires that we break away from what has already been done, what is being done, or what is obvious to…

Look For The Light (And Create It Where It Does Not Exist)

The artist sees the light where there may otherwise be none and, when there is no light to see, they create it. One of the reasons that the arts are so important for our children is because, in difficult times, the people we turn to and count on to lead us through are not those…

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,…

Three Pillars for Practice

Tradition gives us roots into the past, innovation keeps us reaching into the future, and etiquette gives us a way to behave in the present. There are three pillars to any worthwhile practice, martial or otherwise. It must have roots that tie it deeply to some real human need, desire, or problem. In addition, it…