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…

Reasons for Starting & Continuing (Martial Arts)

“I often recommend to people, even if they never have the opportunity, hopefully never have the opportunity to use kickboxing or Brazilian jiu jitsu or some martial art outside of a practice environment that they should train because the way they will carry themselves through the world — male, female, it doesn’t matter; age doesn’t…

To Try Is To Know

A consensus tends to round off the the edges, but the edges are what cut through convention and lead to innovation. There is a fine line between brilliance and insanity, as the saying goes, between a great idea and a crazy one. The problem is that great ideas often sound crazy to the people around…

Now Or New

“If you want to be ‘now,’ you’re finished. That’s when you become the past.” —Tricky, aka Adrian Thaws, from ‘Hell is Round the Corner’ There is a saying in poker, or so I have heard, that goes something like, “If you cannot spot the sucker at the table, it’s you.” This is also true of…