Injury Halts Progress

Self defense starts with taking care of ourselves and our partners on the mats so that everyone gets stronger through training, not weaker through injury. It is good to train hard, to push ourselves, and test ourselves in practice, but it must always be remembered that it is just practice. The goal of practice is…

Courage to Act (Impractically)

Courage, by definition, is impractical (and practicality is not courageous). Doing what is safe and practical keeps us moving in the same direction, at the same speed. The problem with this strategy is that life is moving faster than whatever speed we feel is safe and practical. For this reason, instead of getting us ahead,…

A Community of Accountability

If the people we surround ourselves with always agree with us and compliment us, we are associating with the wrong people. We all lack perspective when it comes to our own shortcomings. This is part of the reason that we long for a sense of community in our lives when it is lacking. An integral…