Thursday, January 29, 2015
In looking at those who compete, there are 3 categories of competitors: 1) Those who make excuses, 2) Those the give in to fear, and 3) Those who just do it. If you compete you need to be in group 3. You will hear people talk about it and when the time comes to put up or shut up, the make excuses and hide from challenges. Those who embrace the challenge are the ones who will elevate their ability and gain inner strength.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The young often ignore wise words of the old. Yet, people are always trying to reinvent the wheel. It's fine to be creative and to experiment. What we have to remember is that while we can teach ourselves, there are many things that we can learn from those who are experienced at doing what we are trying to do. Often I see young fighters reading what the latest training methods are and they try to train like their favorite fighter they see on TV. When analyzing the successful atheletes out there, I see most of them using old principles with new names. The human body hasn't changed much over the last few centuries. Sure we have supplements and better machines to train on, but we function the same. I have had the opportunity to train with Olympic and Professional athletes from several disciplines and I will say that dispite the many trends and new training routines that have popped up over the years, they all trained specific to what they were doing and everything else was supplemental. So, what I'm saying is don't be whooed by the new and don't forget the old.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
A lot of students want to learn the newest moves and tricks. We all like to learn new things, but we can't forget that the basics are key. You can't look at someone else's techniques and expect to do them the same. We are all wired differently. We think, walk, and talk differently. We have to find a few things that work for us as individuals. So, keep it simple. Know and understand thyself.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Here's a American Full Contact Karate (aka American Kickboxing) bout from 1984 in the heyday of PKA (which aired on ESPN). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHkLhUA6w7A