No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas;
Only the process of self actualization & personal expression of truth through functional combative movement and fitness.
As the mind navigates the body; by challenging personal self defense dogmas and individual & core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs.
On a human level, we learn about the ripple effect and the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of our chosen actions while self examining our darkest emotions. We are encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for ourselves, to be more accountable and research everything we learn and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.
On a personal level, the training can make you face and slay your own demons.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Though I try and grasp the essence of "all is as it should be" and live by it I still sometimes can't help but get frustrated with the amount of sheer self induced ignorance of some of our fellow species.
I love how people reprimand others for their bad habits such as drinking or smoking or the recreational use of drugs while they daily induce themselves with processed foods, sugars, fructose, artificial sweeteners and literally countless additives and preservatives and pesticides.
The reality of it is, the truth is the daily foods most people consume are directly responsible for the majority of diseases and deaths in first world countries today. Add to that a sedentary lifestyle and perhaps alcohol and tobacco to the processed food list and you make yourself a prone candidate for cancer.
Most people fear cancer more than anything else, everyone knows someone who has been directly affected by the disease. Yet the vast majority continue their daily gamble with life and death. The truth is, if you live in a first world country; you are much more likely to die of cancer or heart disease than die in a violent encounter or terrorist attack yet I travel the world teaching self protection and martial arts and see literally millions of martial artists and fighters and self defense practitioners and teachers alike who are damaging themselves a thousand times more than any "bad guy" ever will or would yet they spend so much time and money on martial arts training and clothes and paraphernalia all the while poisoning themselves in the process.
They are in a constant state of worry that someone else will try and hurt or attack them yet they hurt themselves so much more than anyone ever would or has. And that is another reality. It's not just martial artists and self defense practitioners either... it's everyone, it's you, it's me, it's everybody because NOBODY will ever hurt you more than you. Ever.
All that is fine too, if not for the fucking hypocrisy....
The single largest source of calories for Americans comes from sugar—specifically high fructose corn syrup. Just take a look at the sugar consumption trends of the past 300 years:
In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one if taking formula.
No wonder there is an obesity epidemic in this country.
Today, 32 percent of Americans are obese and an additional one-third are overweight. Compare that to 1890, when a survey of white males in their fifties revealed an obesity rate of just 3.4 percent. In 1975, the obesity rate in America had reached 15 percent, and since then it has doubled.
Carrying excess weight increases your risk for deadly conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
In 1893, there were fewer than three cases of diabetes per 100,000 people in the United States. Today, diabetes strikes almost 8,000 out of every 100,000 people.
You don't have to be a physician or a scientist to notice America's expanding waistline. All you have to do is stroll through a shopping mall or a schoolyard, or perhaps glance in the mirror."
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012