Archive for January, 2009

28
Jan

Anyone who’s ever had a loan or a savings account understands how compound interest can exponentially grow either a debt or an investment. So let’s apply the same principle to personal development.

Think of something you’d like to get better at. Anything at all.

Now, for the next year focus on doing a little better each day. Each day you intend and work at doing 1% better than the day before. This is a nice do-able chunk right?

If you do this, theoretically you should see a 3778% improvement by the end of the year.

Imagine if the thing you focused on was income. Let’s say your income today is $50,000, and you increase it 1% each day. At the end of the year, your income should be $1,889,000.

Category : success | Blog
27
Jan

Mission Centric Training™ is a term I coined a few years back when training civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel. It became clear that each of these groups of people had different goals, operating rules, equipment, training levels, etc. Training them all the same way is a mistake.

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Category : self defense | Blog
26
Jan

Hollywood remakes everything these days. Apparently it’s less risky to bank on the success of something earlier than to create something new. I shuddered when I heard that Hollywood is going to remake The Karate Kid - a movie which requires no remake in my opinion.

Apparently 1984 star Ralph Macchio has mixed feelings but has given a nod to Jaden Smith (Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s son). Jackie Chan is set to play Mr. Miyagi.

Normally I couldn’t care less about what hollywood does. In the end, it’s all business designed to make money. In fact the original Karate Kid spun off three less than stellar sequels (OK #2 was OK), a cartoon series, luchboxes, toys etc. No problem.

I believe, and many agree, that the original movie is an icon of American culture. It fostered a youth interest in martial arts that is still in effect in the US and abroad. It promoted the positive virtues of martial arts in a way that shied away from the violent aspects shown in the movies of the day.

I was personally inspied by the movie and, to this day, if it’s on cable I’ll try to watch it. It helped start me on my lifelong path in the martial arts. So, yes I take it perhaps a little personally when I hear of a remake of a film so close to my heart.

I hope they change the story and go for a whole new “thing”. Jaden is, after all, only 10 so the high school bully thing isn’t going to play so well. I hope that Jackie Chan plays the Miyagi role with respect for what Pat Morita had created. And I hope that perhaps this movie will inspire a new generation to watch the original.

Category : Martial Arts Movies | Blog
23
Jan

I’m guessing that we’re going to see a lot more China-themed advertising. I think this one is pretty cute.

Category : Funny | martial arts | Blog
23
Jan

Psychological studies of consumer behavior shows that “anticipated regret” is an extremely powerful motivator. Anticipated regret is essentially a fear of future loss. It’s one of the factors that keeps losing gamblers going.

So how do we put “anticipated regret” to proper use for ourselves?

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Category : martial arts | motivation | self defense | Blog
22
Jan

I heard that great quote recently, although I’m not sure of it’s origins. I couldn’t agree more.

My preferred definition of self defense is this, “when faced with the threat of violence or actual violence, self defense is doing what is necessary to move from an unsafe place to a safer place.”

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Category : martial arts | self defense | Blog
22
Jan

Are you a smart person who’s like to learn real self-defense that is brains over brawn and save yourself hundreds of dollars not paying for classes?

I’m looking to train 2 or 3 people on a regular or irregular basis in my home in the Boston area. All training will be free - and you will learn real self defense the way I have taught bodyguards, the military, and law enforcement. Absolutely no experience will be necessary.

What’s the catch?
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Category : self defense | Blog
19
Jan

Today I would like to talk about the idea of hard and soft striking in self defense. Particularly, I want to address the phenomenon of punching to the head. Punching to the head is common to many systems, yet may not be a particularly great idea in actual self defense. First, let me say that I do not make it a practice to rebuke other systems, or styles of unarmed defense training. Everything has it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses, and you can learn many valuable things from many systems if you approach them with an open mind. A punch is a tool, the same way that a kick, a lock, a throw or a screwdriver is a tool. Punches are very good for tasks for which they were designed, and not so good for others. For example - punches to the body are a great way to introduce a lot of force. Punches can create significant hydrostatic shock to the soft tissues and somewhat flexible ribs of the body. However, just as using a screwdriver as a pry-bar is likely to damage your screwdriver, punching to the head is also very likely to damage your hands. Here are a few things you should know:

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Category : self defense | Blog
19
Jan

One of the questions i get asked most frequently, in several different variations is about which martial art an individual should study. Generally which martial art, and more importantly which school to choose are fundamental decisions someone should make. My answer is usually something along the lines of, “choose the school and the system that you are going to stick with and stay with it for the rest of your life.”

The answer is going to be different for every person. I will attempt to is give you a set of general guidelines. I will talk in very broad terms about different martial arts, and what to look for in a school. ultimately every teacher, at every school, in every system is going to be completely different.

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Category : martial arts | Blog
19
Jan

NOW!

I know this seems a little off the cuff considering it’s such a serious topic, but I want to make it clear that there’s no time like the present.

In July – September of 2002 I, along with a fellow  trainer had the honor of conducting several free women’s self defense seminars in the Boston area. The seminars were packed; many times the rooms were over capacity. You see, during that time there were two serial rapists active in the Boston area. The local media had reports on every newscast every day.

Many women in the area were justifiably frightened – which led to the popularity of our classes.

I have also known many people to take up a martial art, or start to carry pepper spray, or some other tool after being exposed to violent crime. Without being too flippant about a serious subject, the words “too late” come to mind.
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Category : self defense | Blog