Anchors of Self Deception

That which we believe has propelled us forward may, in fact, be exactly that which has held us back. We do not and can not know everything about ourselves or the world we live in. We all hold onto false beliefs as a matter of self-protection because too much truth, regarding our flaws, our fragility,…

Cross-Training For Aikido Pt 1: An Uncommon Approach

The goal of cross-training in grappling and/or striking for the dedicated aikido practitioner should not necessarily be to add grappling and/or striking to one’s aikido. That’s a fine goal in and of itself, if one truly feels that what aikido lacks is grappling and/or striking. If one truly loves aikido as aikido, however, and sees…

Improving Upon What Is

Success in any endeavor begins with first setting aside what we wish to be and accepting what is. A major part of being human is wanting things to be better than they are. This drive for personal, relational, and environmental improvement is in our DNA. It is impossible to change things for the better, however,…