Only 26 Muscles to Change Somone’s Day

Every Labor Day weekend, for the past 8 years, I have attended Grandmaster Alex Dunlap’s Northwest Indiana/Illinois Open Martial Arts Tournament. As usual, I help run the black belt meeting where we explain all the rules to everyone and then pick out our center judges as well as our corner judges. After the meeting, Grandmaster […]

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Failure is a choice!

My grandmother once told me, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” So let it be known that my definition of true failure occurs only when you have given up entirely on what it is you are trying to achieve.  Your success […]

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Achieving your success one step at a time

We have unfortunately become a society of instant gratification. Most people feel that their efforts in building their dreams or achieving their goals should be paid off in a couple of years, or months, or even days. If we can’t see results quickly then it must not be working correctly. Why do you think diet […]

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What is your potential?

“When you do not live up to your potential, you rob the world of something great.” It never fails to amaze me when I see so many students in the martial arts that could be the next rising star. One in particular was a girl who we will call Robyn. Robyn was a bright young […]

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Prepare to Succeed or Prepare to Fail

This is a story about a student who had a goal of competing and becoming a world champion. For year he was a hard worker and was well on his way to achieving his goal. At one time I noticed that he had become more complacent in his progress. Instead of practicing for competitions, he […]

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