Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Secret to Superior Martial Arts

“First, do no harm.”  Ever since the time of Hippocrates, Doctors have made a promise to this effect before engaging in a career in medicine.  This is so deeply ingrained, it is taught in countries all over the world.  Society … Continue reading

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Getting Older in the Martial Arts

It’s been interesting to watch my perceptions of martial arts change over the years. I used to read Gichin Funakoshi’s autobiography with fascination, awed by somebody who would stand on the roof of his hut in a typhoon to strengthen … Continue reading

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Why Martial Arts?

“Haven’t modern weapons made martial arts obsolete?”  I hear this question occasionally from people who don’t practice and usually have only the vaguest understanding of what the martial arts are all about. Before I address this question, let me first … Continue reading

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Persistence versus Talent

When I was starting out in the martial arts, the first thing that I noticed was that most people were better at it than I was. This didn’t bother me too much on the whole, as most of the students … Continue reading

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