Leading Through Impossibility

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…

What Do You See?

When you look at someone you love, do you see the ways in which they are being their best or the ways in which they are failing to meet your expectations, and perhaps even their own? In our own ways, we are all trying. Some of us have more success than others and some of…

The Voices of Doubt

If people who were not by your side when you started down your path are pointing you away from your path, perhaps the path is not the problem. Not everyone has our best interest at heart and those who don’t may not even know it. The fact is that most of us are so blinded…

Clarity of Vision and Overcoming Limitations

Children are less afraid and more motivated if they can see where they are going and how much farther they need to go to get there. Watching my daughter learn how to swim has provided me with multiple insights as both a parent and a teacher. At the swim school she goes to, the teacher…

A Vision Shared

Having vision means seeing things differently than other people do, but your vision will never be a movement unless others see it also. Vision without action and without an audience is just daydreaming. There is nothing wrong with daydreaming, but daydreaming alone is not going to bring about any change in your life or the…