Grappling With Your Hopes And Fears

If you want to know more about yourself, your fears, and your ego, grapple. Grappling is a form of self-expression, under pressure and against resistance. As a person’s skills develop in any grappling art, his or her personality begins to come through in the way that he or she trains. This is especially true in…

Sacrificing That Which Matters Not (Is No Sacrifice)

“If you’re pursuing something crazy, you have to say ‘no’ to so many opportunities to go out, to meet people, to have fun, to earn money, to do frivolous things, but in the end it’s worth it because you will then be able to do all of that stuff and you will be living a…

It Is Impossible And We All Need Help

How can I help you accomplish the impossible and achieve your goals? “There isn’t enough time.” “The task is too difficult.” “There aren’t enough resources available.” “The timing just isn’t right.” “It has never been done before.” “It’s impossible.” All of these statements are probably true. You can accept them as such and do exactly…

This Is My Real Job

Sometimes, the needs of the business take priority over our personal interests. Some time ago, in my first year as a General Manager (GM) for a large coffee company, I was at a development meeting with my District Manager (DM) and we were discussing labor and scheduling. He observed that I had several part-time employees…

As The Group Develops, So Do I

Are you training for yourself or something more? Some activities are individual pursuits, solitary paths for personal enrichment and improvement. Other activities are intended for and best experienced in groups, whether with family, friends, or, in some cases even strangers. Martial arts lie somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. Most often, martial arts are…