Flexible Strength

We must not allow circumstances that are outside of our control to turn us into someone we do not want to be. Circumstances, whether good or bad, come and go. We must stay vigilant with our character and integrity. We must remain strong in who we are and true to ourselves. However, our strength must…

Compromising Respect

When we give others the ability to violate our integrity, we lose their respect and our own. Simply because someone asks or even demands something of us does not make it our obligation to concede. Of course, one of our primary goals should be to be of service to others wherever and whenever possible. However,…

Choosing Our Integrity

At some point, we have to decide what integrity looks like for us and then we must do our best to maintain it. Integrity is not the same for all people. We all have different values, ideals, and demeanors. Integrity is about knowing who we are, who we want to be, and who we do…

On Principle And Purpose

Our principles should take precedence over our desires. What we want should never be more important to us than what is right. The problem is that, without a clearly defined, tested, and proven set of first principles in our lives, it is very difficult to know the difference between what we desire and what is…

Cross-Training for Aikido Pt 3: Principles Over Techniques

As an aikido practitioner who wants to cross-train in more resistance-based arts, it is best to approach them using lower case ‘a’ aikido, which is a set of principles, than capital ‘A’ Aikido(TM), which is a set of techniques. One of the greatest hindrances to aikido practitioners cross-training in other, more competitive arts is the…