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….

The Limitations of Kindness

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…

Become Who Others See

Sometimes, in order to know our own potential, we need another person to see past the limitations we think we have and tell us who we really are. We are more complex, more capable, and more powerful beings than we imagine. Often, our greatest limitations are those we place on ourselves, limitations based on our…

Clarity of Vision and Overcoming Limitations

Children are less afraid and more motivated if they can see where they are going and how much farther they need to go to get there. Watching my daughter learn how to swim has provided me with multiple insights as both a parent and a teacher. At the swim school she goes to, the teacher…

It Is All A Matter of Taste

Taste is a process of paring down. For the past twenty plus years, I have worked in and around coffee shops. I have held every position from barista to manager to espresso-machine technician. In all of that time, I have tried nearly every kind of coffee-drink combination a person can imagine. I tried different syrup,…