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- My new motto. It has a double meaning... πŸ₯‹ 1. Martial arts training is my life. I may retire one day, but I never plan on leaving the mat. I will practice as long as I am able, and I will teach for as long as I am able to make a difference in my students' lives. My plan is to live the martial arts lifestyle until I take my final breath. πŸ₯‹ 2. Last week our adult class worked on knife defense. During a drill with training knives, one of my students blurted out, "I just got stabbed!" I sensed frustration, which is natural, so I told my student that we actually want to "die" in training. "Get stabbed a lot, and learn from it!" We practice, make a lot of mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. πŸ₯‹ "Practice is controlled failure." That's what Will Smith told me in a video I watched this morning on Facebook. 😊 πŸ₯‹ And it's absolutely true: make your mistakes on the mat. Stumble and fall, even "die," over and over in training, in order to learn and grow. πŸ₯‹ Failures are learning opportunities. Success is achieved through the repetition of trial and error fueled by consistent effort. So when you fail, make sure you fail forward. (Will Smith said that too. πŸ‘πŸ»)
- My new motto. It has a double meaning... πŸ₯‹ 1. Martial arts training is my life. I may retire one day, but I never plan on leaving the mat. I will practice as long as I am able, and I will teach for as long as I am able to make a difference in my students' lives. My plan is to live the martial arts lifestyle until I take my final breath. πŸ₯‹ 2. Last week our adult class worked on knife defense. During a drill with training knives, one of my students blurted out, "I just got stabbed!" I sensed frustration, which is natural, so I told my student that we actually want to "die" in training. "Get stabbed a lot, and learn from it!" We practice, make a lot of mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. πŸ₯‹ "Practice is controlled failure." That's what Will Smith told me in a video I watched this morning on Facebook. 😊 πŸ₯‹ And it's absolutely true: make your mistakes on the mat. Stumble and fall, even "die," over and over in training, in order to learn and grow. πŸ₯‹ Failures are learning opportunities. Success is achieved through the repetition of trial and error fueled by consistent effort. So when you fail, make sure you fail forward. (Will Smith said that too. πŸ‘πŸ»)
- My new motto. It has a double meaning... πŸ₯‹ 1. Martial arts training is my life. I may retire one day, but I never plan on leaving the mat. I will practice as long as I am able, and I will teach for as long as I am able to make a difference in my students' lives. My plan is to live the martial arts lifestyle until I take my final breath. πŸ₯‹ 2. Last week our adult class worked on knife defense. During a drill with training knives, one of my students blurted out, "I just got stabbed!" I sensed frustration, which is natural, so I told my student that we actually want to "die" in training. "Get stabbed a lot, and learn from it!" We practice, make a lot of mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. πŸ₯‹ "Practice is controlled failure." That's what Will Smith told me in a video I watched this morning on Facebook. 😊 πŸ₯‹ And it's absolutely true: make your mistakes on the mat. Stumble and fall, even "die," over and over in training, in order to learn and grow. πŸ₯‹ Failures are learning opportunities. Success is achieved through the repetition of trial and error fueled by consistent effort. So when you fail, make sure you fail forward. (Will Smith said that too. πŸ‘πŸ»)
- Whose content do you consume on the Internet? πŸ“± These are the people I follow the most on social media (not counting IRL friends). They're mostly martial artists, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. I appreciate the work they do, and I think you'd benefit from following them too... πŸ“± @karatebyjesse @karateobsession @knight_jiu_jitsu @ando_mierzwa @kyoshidavekovar @ryanhooverftf @dougmarcaida @pedrovalentevb @realmkscorpion @adamkifer @heibaokon @artofjiujitsu @ohilyssa @karate108 @superstarkarate @brannon_beliso @jakemacetaichi @masterwongsystem @themartialartswoman @garyvee
- Whose content do you consume on the Internet? πŸ“± These are the people I follow the most on social media (not counting IRL friends). They're mostly martial artists, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. I appreciate the work they do, and I think you'd benefit from following them too... πŸ“± @karatebyjesse @karateobsession @knight_jiu_jitsu @ando_mierzwa @kyoshidavekovar @ryanhooverftf @dougmarcaida @pedrovalentevb @realmkscorpion @adamkifer @heibaokon @artofjiujitsu @ohilyssa @karate108 @superstarkarate @brannon_beliso @jakemacetaichi @masterwongsystem @themartialartswoman @garyvee
- Whose content do you consume on the Internet? πŸ“± These are the people I follow the most on social media (not counting IRL friends). They're mostly martial artists, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. I appreciate the work they do, and I think you'd benefit from following them too... πŸ“± @karatebyjesse @karateobsession @knight_jiu_jitsu @ando_mierzwa @kyoshidavekovar @ryanhooverftf @dougmarcaida @pedrovalentevb @realmkscorpion @adamkifer @heibaokon @artofjiujitsu @ohilyssa @karate108 @superstarkarate @brannon_beliso @jakemacetaichi @masterwongsystem @themartialartswoman @garyvee
- In spite of the magnificent display of power seen in this photo, I don't consider myself a master or an expert. I'm just a student. I only teach what I know, and I only know what I have learned. πŸ”₯ I have my areas of expertise, and I have other areas in which I need a lot of work. And regardless of the amount of knowledge in my mental reservoir, I can always improve in every area of my life. πŸ”₯ The biggest challenge in my training right now is my ground game. My grappling isn't where I want it or need it to be. πŸ”₯ Sometimes I get discouraged by this. I say that because, in the face of constant posts about "positivity," we are still human. πŸ”₯ Having a positive attitude doesn't mean we never feel any negative emotions. It means we don't allow ourselves to be controlled by those emotions. We don't allow those emotions to fester into habitual negative thought patterns. πŸ”₯ Like our physical training, our mental and emotional conditioning requires consistency, effort, and practice. πŸ”₯ An unshakable mind and an immovable spirit is the state of fudōshin. It is courage and stability displayed both mentally and physically. It isn't being inflexible or unwilling to change; rather, fudōshin describes a mental state that is not easily disturbed by internal feelings or external forces. It represents composure in the face of adversity or uncertainty. πŸ”₯ I'm still learning how to develop that mindset.
- In spite of the magnificent display of power seen in this photo, I don't consider myself a master or an expert. I'm just a student. I only teach what I know, and I only know what I have learned. πŸ”₯ I have my areas of expertise, and I have other areas in which I need a lot of work. And regardless of the amount of knowledge in my mental reservoir, I can always improve in every area of my life. πŸ”₯ The biggest challenge in my training right now is my ground game. My grappling isn't where I want it or need it to be. πŸ”₯ Sometimes I get discouraged by this. I say that because, in the face of constant posts about "positivity," we are still human. πŸ”₯ Having a positive attitude doesn't mean we never feel any negative emotions. It means we don't allow ourselves to be controlled by those emotions. We don't allow those emotions to fester into habitual negative thought patterns. πŸ”₯ Like our physical training, our mental and emotional conditioning requires consistency, effort, and practice. πŸ”₯ An unshakable mind and an immovable spirit is the state of fudōshin. It is courage and stability displayed both mentally and physically. It isn't being inflexible or unwilling to change; rather, fudōshin describes a mental state that is not easily disturbed by internal feelings or external forces. It represents composure in the face of adversity or uncertainty. πŸ”₯ I'm still learning how to develop that mindset.
- In spite of the magnificent display of power seen in this photo, I don't consider myself a master or an expert. I'm just a student. I only teach what I know, and I only know what I have learned. πŸ”₯ I have my areas of expertise, and I have other areas in which I need a lot of work. And regardless of the amount of knowledge in my mental reservoir, I can always improve in every area of my life. πŸ”₯ The biggest challenge in my training right now is my ground game. My grappling isn't where I want it or need it to be. πŸ”₯ Sometimes I get discouraged by this. I say that because, in the face of constant posts about "positivity," we are still human. πŸ”₯ Having a positive attitude doesn't mean we never feel any negative emotions. It means we don't allow ourselves to be controlled by those emotions. We don't allow those emotions to fester into habitual negative thought patterns. πŸ”₯ Like our physical training, our mental and emotional conditioning requires consistency, effort, and practice. πŸ”₯ An unshakable mind and an immovable spirit is the state of fudōshin. It is courage and stability displayed both mentally and physically. It isn't being inflexible or unwilling to change; rather, fudōshin describes a mental state that is not easily disturbed by internal feelings or external forces. It represents composure in the face of adversity or uncertainty. πŸ”₯ I'm still learning how to develop that mindset.
- If we who dare to be teachers are doing our jobs well, we are providing our students the tools to build the foundation for how they will learn for the rest of their lives. We are giving them the means to find their own path. πŸ₯‹ The successful student takes what the teacher imparts to them, internalizes it, and uses it to reach the next stage of their development. πŸ₯‹ If we are doing our jobs correctly, our students will grow beyond us, because they will continue to build on the foundation of education we gave them. Our students will remember the foundational principles, and develop the concepts further. πŸ₯‹ Teaching is passing knowledge from one person to another. Great teaching is providing both the knowledge and the ability to learn independently and improve upon what has been learned. πŸ₯‹ And don't be upset if your student eventually surpasses you. That's the surest sign that you've done your job well.
- If we who dare to be teachers are doing our jobs well, we are providing our students the tools to build the foundation for how they will learn for the rest of their lives. We are giving them the means to find their own path. πŸ₯‹ The successful student takes what the teacher imparts to them, internalizes it, and uses it to reach the next stage of their development. πŸ₯‹ If we are doing our jobs correctly, our students will grow beyond us, because they will continue to build on the foundation of education we gave them. Our students will remember the foundational principles, and develop the concepts further. πŸ₯‹ Teaching is passing knowledge from one person to another. Great teaching is providing both the knowledge and the ability to learn independently and improve upon what has been learned. πŸ₯‹ And don't be upset if your student eventually surpasses you. That's the surest sign that you've done your job well.
- If we who dare to be teachers are doing our jobs well, we are providing our students the tools to build the foundation for how they will learn for the rest of their lives. We are giving them the means to find their own path. πŸ₯‹ The successful student takes what the teacher imparts to them, internalizes it, and uses it to reach the next stage of their development. πŸ₯‹ If we are doing our jobs correctly, our students will grow beyond us, because they will continue to build on the foundation of education we gave them. Our students will remember the foundational principles, and develop the concepts further. πŸ₯‹ Teaching is passing knowledge from one person to another. Great teaching is providing both the knowledge and the ability to learn independently and improve upon what has been learned. πŸ₯‹ And don't be upset if your student eventually surpasses you. That's the surest sign that you've done your job well.
- This is Day 3 of my recovery from an allergy-induced asthma attack. I'm grateful that I was able to get some training in today, even though I had to stop early. πŸ₯‹ Making excuses is one of the easiest habits to form. Being honest with oneself can be a challenge. But there is a razor's edge between making excuses and understanding your limits. πŸ₯‹ True success comes with hard work and the willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. But sometimes people push themselves too far. πŸ₯‹ I've seen practitioners ignore an obvious injury because they don't want to stop training. I've also seen those practitioners do more damage to themselves in the long run. It takes humility to accept one's limitations. Did I want to stop training before the rest of the group did? Absolutely not. πŸ₯‹ If the goal truly is self-improvement, then follow the Delphic maxim, *nosce te ipsum* - "know thyself." πŸ₯‹ Socrates cautioned us that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Take an honest look at yourself. Move past your excuses. Know your limits. Accept the challenges that will help you grow and reach your goals.
- This is Day 3 of my recovery from an allergy-induced asthma attack. I'm grateful that I was able to get some training in today, even though I had to stop early. πŸ₯‹ Making excuses is one of the easiest habits to form. Being honest with oneself can be a challenge. But there is a razor's edge between making excuses and understanding your limits. πŸ₯‹ True success comes with hard work and the willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. But sometimes people push themselves too far. πŸ₯‹ I've seen practitioners ignore an obvious injury because they don't want to stop training. I've also seen those practitioners do more damage to themselves in the long run. It takes humility to accept one's limitations. Did I want to stop training before the rest of the group did? Absolutely not. πŸ₯‹ If the goal truly is self-improvement, then follow the Delphic maxim, *nosce te ipsum* - "know thyself." πŸ₯‹ Socrates cautioned us that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Take an honest look at yourself. Move past your excuses. Know your limits. Accept the challenges that will help you grow and reach your goals.
- This is Day 3 of my recovery from an allergy-induced asthma attack. I'm grateful that I was able to get some training in today, even though I had to stop early. πŸ₯‹ Making excuses is one of the easiest habits to form. Being honest with oneself can be a challenge. But there is a razor's edge between making excuses and understanding your limits. πŸ₯‹ True success comes with hard work and the willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. But sometimes people push themselves too far. πŸ₯‹ I've seen practitioners ignore an obvious injury because they don't want to stop training. I've also seen those practitioners do more damage to themselves in the long run. It takes humility to accept one's limitations. Did I want to stop training before the rest of the group did? Absolutely not. πŸ₯‹ If the goal truly is self-improvement, then follow the Delphic maxim, *nosce te ipsum* - "know thyself." πŸ₯‹ Socrates cautioned us that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Take an honest look at yourself. Move past your excuses. Know your limits. Accept the challenges that will help you grow and reach your goals.
- Self-Defense is a state of mind. ⭐️ Key Mental Principles for Self-Defense ⭐️ SOVEREIGNTY Understand that you have sovereignty over your own body. No one has the right to even touch you without your consent, much less hurt you. ⭐️ CONFIDENCE You deserve to protect yourself, because you deserve a happy and healthy life. Never forget your self-worth. ⭐️ RESPECT This is the belief in a "Practical karma": not necessarily an energy in the universe, but the idea that, if you live as a good person doing good things, people will be more likely to respond with kindness back or help you out in times of need. On the flip side, it's the idea that, if you mistreat people, it will eventually come back to you. You can only burn so many bridges before you're trapped on the island. This principle is most closely related to Confidence. If you have self-worth and decency, then it should show in how you treat others. ⭐️ PERCEPTION Awareness occurs before reaction. You can respond only what you perceive. You can't defend against a punch you don't see coming. Spatial awareness, geographic awareness, empathy towards those around you are critical to staying aware of your surroundings. ⭐️ COMMUNICATION Our first line of defense against potential attackers or bullies or anyone who means us harm is the use of our words. Our words can make or break friendships or business deals, and our words can also defuse a tense situation or fan the flames, so use them carefully. ⭐️ HUMILITY Stay in your lane. Don't think too much of yourself- or too little. Understand your strengths, your limits, and remember you have nothing to prove to anyone. ⭐️ DISCERNMENT Ultimately, self-defense is a lifestyle, not merely a series of techniques against an attacker. The choices you make each day influence how well you can defend yourself, not just against an attack, but against illness, disease, poor attitudes, and unexpected circumstances. So make wise choices.
- Self-Defense is a state of mind. ⭐️ Key Mental Principles for Self-Defense ⭐️ SOVEREIGNTY Understand that you have sovereignty over your own body. No one has the right to even touch you without your consent, much less hurt you. ⭐️ CONFIDENCE You deserve to protect yourself, because you deserve a happy and healthy life. Never forget your self-worth. ⭐️ RESPECT This is the belief in a "Practical karma": not necessarily an energy in the universe, but the idea that, if you live as a good person doing good things, people will be more likely to respond with kindness back or help you out in times of need. On the flip side, it's the idea that, if you mistreat people, it will eventually come back to you. You can only burn so many bridges before you're trapped on the island. This principle is most closely related to Confidence. If you have self-worth and decency, then it should show in how you treat others. ⭐️ PERCEPTION Awareness occurs before reaction. You can respond only what you perceive. You can't defend against a punch you don't see coming. Spatial awareness, geographic awareness, empathy towards those around you are critical to staying aware of your surroundings. ⭐️ COMMUNICATION Our first line of defense against potential attackers or bullies or anyone who means us harm is the use of our words. Our words can make or break friendships or business deals, and our words can also defuse a tense situation or fan the flames, so use them carefully. ⭐️ HUMILITY Stay in your lane. Don't think too much of yourself- or too little. Understand your strengths, your limits, and remember you have nothing to prove to anyone. ⭐️ DISCERNMENT Ultimately, self-defense is a lifestyle, not merely a series of techniques against an attacker. The choices you make each day influence how well you can defend yourself, not just against an attack, but against illness, disease, poor attitudes, and unexpected circumstances. So make wise choices.
- Self-Defense is a state of mind. ⭐️ Key Mental Principles for Self-Defense ⭐️ SOVEREIGNTY Understand that you have sovereignty over your own body. No one has the right to even touch you without your consent, much less hurt you. ⭐️ CONFIDENCE You deserve to protect yourself, because you deserve a happy and healthy life. Never forget your self-worth. ⭐️ RESPECT This is the belief in a "Practical karma": not necessarily an energy in the universe, but the idea that, if you live as a good person doing good things, people will be more likely to respond with kindness back or help you out in times of need. On the flip side, it's the idea that, if you mistreat people, it will eventually come back to you. You can only burn so many bridges before you're trapped on the island. This principle is most closely related to Confidence. If you have self-worth and decency, then it should show in how you treat others. ⭐️ PERCEPTION Awareness occurs before reaction. You can respond only what you perceive. You can't defend against a punch you don't see coming. Spatial awareness, geographic awareness, empathy towards those around you are critical to staying aware of your surroundings. ⭐️ COMMUNICATION Our first line of defense against potential attackers or bullies or anyone who means us harm is the use of our words. Our words can make or break friendships or business deals, and our words can also defuse a tense situation or fan the flames, so use them carefully. ⭐️ HUMILITY Stay in your lane. Don't think too much of yourself- or too little. Understand your strengths, your limits, and remember you have nothing to prove to anyone. ⭐️ DISCERNMENT Ultimately, self-defense is a lifestyle, not merely a series of techniques against an attacker. The choices you make each day influence how well you can defend yourself, not just against an attack, but against illness, disease, poor attitudes, and unexpected circumstances. So make wise choices.
- I'm not a salesperson. I'm never going to hit you with a "Black Friday Special" or "$1.00 Down for Labor Day" or "24 Hour Super Sale!" or "Only 10 spots left! Sign up now before it's too late!" ⭐️ Not how I roll. ⭐️ I'm just a person with a particular set of skills who is providing a service for what I believe is a reasonable fee. My only sales pitch is that I want to be genuine and honest with people, and I believe wholeheartedly in our mission and the service we provide. ⭐️ We are Gravity Martial Arts because we believe in what we are doing. We understand the *gravity* – the weight, the importance – of what we teach our students: self-confidence, health and wellness, leadership skills, character development, practical positivity, and real self-defense. ⭐️ We invite you to join our community! ⭐️ Values-Driven. Service-Motivated. Purpose-Centered. People-Focused. ⭐️ Classes for youth and adults! ⭐️ Facebook.com/GravityMartialArts @gravitymartialarts #SpringfieldIL #SpringfieldIllinois
- I'm not a salesperson. I'm never going to hit you with a "Black Friday Special" or "$1.00 Down for Labor Day" or "24 Hour Super Sale!" or "Only 10 spots left! Sign up now before it's too late!" ⭐️ Not how I roll. ⭐️ I'm just a person with a particular set of skills who is providing a service for what I believe is a reasonable fee. My only sales pitch is that I want to be genuine and honest with people, and I believe wholeheartedly in our mission and the service we provide. ⭐️ We are Gravity Martial Arts because we believe in what we are doing. We understand the *gravity* – the weight, the importance – of what we teach our students: self-confidence, health and wellness, leadership skills, character development, practical positivity, and real self-defense. ⭐️ We invite you to join our community! ⭐️ Values-Driven. Service-Motivated. Purpose-Centered. People-Focused. ⭐️ Classes for youth and adults! ⭐️ Facebook.com/GravityMartialArts @gravitymartialarts #SpringfieldIL #SpringfieldIllinois
- I'm not a salesperson. I'm never going to hit you with a "Black Friday Special" or "$1.00 Down for Labor Day" or "24 Hour Super Sale!" or "Only 10 spots left! Sign up now before it's too late!" ⭐️ Not how I roll. ⭐️ I'm just a person with a particular set of skills who is providing a service for what I believe is a reasonable fee. My only sales pitch is that I want to be genuine and honest with people, and I believe wholeheartedly in our mission and the service we provide. ⭐️ We are Gravity Martial Arts because we believe in what we are doing. We understand the *gravity* – the weight, the importance – of what we teach our students: self-confidence, health and wellness, leadership skills, character development, practical positivity, and real self-defense. ⭐️ We invite you to join our community! ⭐️ Values-Driven. Service-Motivated. Purpose-Centered. People-Focused. ⭐️ Classes for youth and adults! ⭐️ Facebook.com/GravityMartialArts @gravitymartialarts #SpringfieldIL #SpringfieldIllinois

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