Visualize Success

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Meditation Point #114 
Visualize Success

This is a great picture that I came across which nicely demonstrates what I was telling my students last week. In order to achieve true success you MUST visualize not only success but your opponents. Whether we practice Kata, forms or even bag work it is important to visualize your opponents. Here we see the swimmer preparing to practice for a race and along with her in her mind are her opponents. This practice will elevate your adrenaline and the ability to push yourself even when practicing. We can only improve when we push ourselves and the time to do that is when we practice. This means you need to take very seriously the art that your practice.

Visualizing is a unique way of preparing for advancement or competition. Visualizing is actually competing against yourself and we tend to be harder on ourselves then others are. Repeatedly visualizing keeps our minds and bodies sharp. The only thing to beware of when visualizing is not to plan for a specific opponent for the danger in that is you will not expect the opponent to do anything other then what you visualized. Aside from that visualization is the tool of every great athlete.

Train Hard, Train Often

Bruce Willis – Honorary Black Belt Recipient

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Bruce Willis

 

As a huge Bruce Willis Fan I couldn’t resist making up this sign. He may not be a Martial Artist but I think the Martial Arts community should get together and make him an Honorary Black Belt. He is way cooler the Chuck Norris, he can take a beating better then Chuck Norris, he doesn’t stay down and keeps on swinging, he has a better sense of humor then Chuck Norris, he is a better actor then Chuck Norris, pretty sure Bruce Willis has taken out more Bad Guys then Chuck Norris, and well he’s Bruce Willis!!

Bruce we Salute you and KarateTraining.org wants to present you with the First Honorary Black Belt for your contributions to making being a Guy cool and meaningful. Bruce, please contact us so we can arrange the presentation of your Honorary Black Belt.

Failure

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Meditation Point #113First step towards Failure

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
– – Confucius

There are many variations of this saying and I have written about them here before. But there is something significant in every way it is said that bears repeating. You see we are all imperfect, we all fall constantly because of this. Each time we fall it is easy to stay down and give in to our failure. However, giving in to our failure and imperfections is the only true failure. Fighting is hard and often doesn’t seem worth it when we are taking our lumps; however in the sparring ring we learn that those lumps teach us valuable lessons. Unfortunately in Life it is much harder to see the value in some “lessons“. This is mostly because they are long term lessons unlike those we learn in the sparring ring!

Failure means one thing, we are trying to find perfection and that is always a good thing. But avoid the pitfall of hiding in repeated failures so you do not have to continue on your Journey to perfect imperfection! Remember the sparring ring the next time you fail and like the sparring ring close the opening and get back in there! Perhaps Homer understand Confucius better then I thought!

Slow Motion Karate Chop!

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This was to cool not to share…

Jet Li Kicks

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Jet Li is an amazing Martial Artist and this video is a great compilation of his kick ability! The beginning is a bit grainy but the quality improves towards the middle. The video catches some great technique but what is more interesting is to look for the mistakes! Yes Jet Li does make mistakes everyone does! Since these were filmed for movies there are a few clips where you can see an error or two, like a push instead of a forceful kick. That being said his kicks are perfect and beautiful so enjoy and learn!

Pride Lasts a Lifetime

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I am working on the Easter Holiday Appeal for the Pride Lasts Foundation and in doing so I am reflecting on the needs of some of the kids we are trying to support. These are not kids that are starving or typically even homeless so the question begins to form why should we be interested in these kids? It is a good question. I came across this very poignant video, featured below, that really puts things in perspective on who needs immediate help. But there is a but that answers my original question, why these kids? The answer is actually pretty simple: contagious. We should help these kids because Pride is contagious and the more these kids believe in themselves the more they will do with their lives and the more they will develop the propensity to help others.

We are looking to make a small splash that will have a ripple effect on society. It is our belief that while helping these kids we are potentially having a bigger impact. That is not to say that this is a more Nobel cause or that we should forget the plight of the truly destitute, we should not. Help us increase the the potential of these children who are already struggling to make a better life for themselves. Helping those who demonstrate a desire to improve themselves IS a Nobel endeavor, for they improve us and our society and perhaps more important they serve as proof to their peers that they can succeed. We do it because their future is worth it.

If we do not support these children then the facts in the video I mentioned before will always remain just that, the facts.





Perhaps this is the beginnings of a strange appeal letter!

Practice What You Preach…

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A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.car_stickers.jpg

He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ License plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper Sticker, And the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally…I assumed you had stolen the car.”

Priceless.

Kei Betty Fried Rice!

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Great Chicken Fried Rice! I came across this great recipe with a very amusing presentation. Betty has Martial Arts Appeal and we are more then happy to present her here 🙂


If you couldn’t write that all down fast enough here is the Ingredient list and Directions or you can print it from the PDF Betty was gracious enough to make available. Happy Cooking!

    Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Jasmine white rice
  • 2 green onions (aka spring onions)
  • 2 wheels medium sweet white onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • ¾ – 1 cup chopped chicken
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce (to taste)
  • canola oil
  • salt & pepper
    Directions:

  1. Prepare one cup Jasmine white rice. That’s 3 cups cooked white rice, yo.
  2. Allow the rice to cool or even chill out in the refrigerator before you use it.
  3. Dice green onions, white onion and carrot. Mince garlic; set aside. Shred or chop grilled chicken; set aside.
  4. Saute green onions, white onion and carrot in your biggest, flattest skillet with a dash of salt and a crack of pepper in 1 tsp canola oil over medium heat until tender and golden. Remove from heat.
  5. Cook 2 eggs in 1 tsp of canola oil. Start with a fry and end with a scramble. Don’t forget the salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  6. Add 1 tbsp canola oil to medium-high heat pan. Begin cooking the rice in small batches, gradually adding rice to pan. The rice will not brown, per se, but begin to get a little color around the edges. Fry plain rice 5-7 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle low-sodium soy sauce over frying rice. Toss.
  8. Add a scant tablespoon of butter. Toss.
  9. Fry rice, soy sauce and butter for another 5 minutes.
  10. Add sauted vegetable mixture and eggs. Toss.
  11. Lower heat to medium-low and add chicken, garlic and finish of soy sauce. Toss a few more minutes and enjoy!

For an added treat serve with some steamed broccoli. A sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds and a dash of Sriracha never hurt either! Buy the ingredients using the provided links and help support the Pride Lasts Scholarship while satisfying your appetite!

Check out some of Betty’s other great Recipes at her site.

The Best Karate Kid Parody!

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I’m not sure I would call this a Parody, but that is the Title. This is really the best Karate Kid short I have ever seen. It is also one of the best Karate Shorts period. From the soundtrack to the filming this has a great professional feel to it. I especially like the ending when he refuses the bait, a very nice and realistic touch…you’ll understand…after you watch it.




We will spend some more time on this film during our upcoming Exclusive Interview the with creator Nic Shake.

Look for it soon right here!

An Exercise Collection – Work Your Lower Body – Part 2

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Here is the follow up to the previous collection. Lunges are a great way to strengthen your legs for the Martial Arts!

Step Up

Place right foot on top of box holding dumbbells or bar behind head in squat position. Extend right knee and hip driving through the heel until completely upright, left leg should not touch the box, it should go directly back to the floor. No bending at the waist, keep head and chest up.

Walking lunge

My students are familiar with this exercise! Take hip width stance holding dumbbells keeping head and chest up, take big step out with right foot, place right heel down, bend right knee to 90 degrees. Left leg should bend and follow and come 2 inches from the floor, extend right knee and hip, bring left leg forward. Switch legs every rep.

Clock Lunge

The clock lunge is great if you don’t have a lot of space. This is a standard lunge but you lunge to each position of the clock beginning with 12 o’clock. The 3 and 9 o’clock positions are a squat style lunge. This video provides a better visual description.

Lateral LungesLateral lunge (Leg stretch side-push knee)

Place feet uncomfortably wide with toes pointed out. Keep head and chest up, inhale push hips back and to the right, keeping right heel down so that right glute finishes behind right heel, right knee should be little greater than 90 degrees. For an increased stretch right glute is just above the right heel, placing your right arm on the inside of your right leg. Left leg should stay straight, left toe should come up, exhale push back to middle. Both heels should stay on the ground at all times. Alternate sides.

Sumo Dead-LiftSumo Dead-lift

No this dead-lift won’t make you look like a sumo wrestler! It will give you strong legs and a strong low back like a sumo wrestler’s. A wide stance with your arms between your legs differentiates this dead-lift from the rest. Place feet uncomfortably wide, toes pointed out, bend knees and hips, position bar up against shins, take closed overhand grip on bar, keep back flat and head up, extend knees and hips simultaneously pulling bar up shins, as bar passes knees push hips forward. Slowly lower bar by flexing hips and knees together until weight touches ground.

RDLRDL

Holding either dumbbells or a barbell, position feet hip width with toes pointed straight ahead, grip should be closed overhand at shoulder width, unlock knees putting weight on heels, pull shoulder blades back tight, inhale, push glute back letting the bar slide down the thighs. When you feel a stretch extend the hips and come up straight.