Sustainability in Practice

A mediocre practice that we maintain is better than an exceptional practice that we quit. It is good to push ourselves, to try to reach beyond our capabilities, and to expand our limitations, but not if it continually burns us out. Burn out is not sustainable and a practice, by definition, must be sustainable. It…

Questioning Resistance

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…

One Thing For One Day

Do one thing to challenge yourself today. Tomorrow, do that again. The idea of doing something difficult, consistently, for a week, a month, a year, or for many years is daunting and, depending on the task, may even seem impossible. It is much less intimidating to simply commit to do that difficult thing today. It…

Motion Is Not Progress

Simply because you are in motion does not mean that you are moving forward. We do a lot of things from day to day to keep ourselves busy, to keep ourselves feeling like we are accomplishing something and making progress. There is an inherent problem with being busy all the time though. It is difficult…

Of Progress and Perfection

Strive for perfection, but settle for progress. Do not let yourself off the hook for your weaknesses and flaws, but do not be so hard on yourself when you fall off the path that it paralyzes you and prevents you from getting back on course. Be quick to admit your mistakes and adjust your bearing….