So much has changed

So much has changed since I began writing this blog.  I initially only created a few entries before I had stopped writing.  I had found the posts I wrote to be cathartic and once I stopped feeling a need, I just stopped.  Once again, I find myself in my head, searching of something to keep me moving onward and upward.  So, once again I want to write.  I hope to keep posts honest.  I hope to use this as a forum for personal growth that if read, can also help others.  More than anything, at this moment.  This blog is for me.  I want to one day look back at my writings with the knowledge I was seeking out.  Change is upon us all.  I feel the call to change and so i move forward.

I have simplified my goals by changing them into intentions

The words we use are important.  The words we choose when we speak and write defines the way we think.

I have always had goals.  Some I have reached and some have been  forgotten.  I used to follow my goal sheet religiously.   Every six months I would cross out the goals I had reached, create new ones and then do it all over again.  Always reaching for a tangible moment of satisfaction, living through it and then wanting more.

For years, I had been living for the future.  Living to see those goals transpire before my eyes, only to add new ones the minute they came to fruition.

Lately, I have been focusing on being the best version of me! and made some simple but bold changes.  As I look in the proverbial mirror, I am a changed man.

I have never had so much momentum as I do now.  I have never had as much energy as I do today.

My old goals have fallen by the waist side and my Goal sheet has been ignored.  I no longer chase what can only be reached.

Intentions have no ending, no fleeting  place to reach to. but…within my intentions I can always strive to be my best.

Martial Arts injuries and prevention

I have definitely had a few injuries while training martial arts.

  • I have over extended my knee by misjudging a kicking target, I was out for over a month.
  • Got stitches in my foot after slicing it open on the base of a free standing kicking bag.
  • I have over stretched during the splits when I first started training. That took years to properly heal.
  • I’ve also blown out my shoulder, due to a weak rotator cuff.
  • I have had a minor tear in the meniscus during rolling

What I have learned

Before training I do joint rotations and dynamic stretches every time.

I also no longer do static stretching before a work out, leaving it for after the workout or independently on off days.

Also, know your limits, and understand distancing and focus.  Don’t show off!

Build up the muscles that you utilize while training  with body weight exercises and low weight/ high rep for weight training.  (Check out Elastic Steel on you tube for some great tips)

Take your time, be patient, proper technique will only be reached with repetitive practice.

A few thoughts on martial arts forms

Forms can be

-An encyclopedia for techniques within a system

-A way to build muscle, speed, flexibility,and power in areas otherwise undeveloped or underdeveloped

-Unrealistic and dangerous when not understood and when practiced within an improper context

-Monumental in making you a better fighter when practiced properly, understood, and put into proper context, within a style and with a Teacher that can teach (Muscle, speed, flexibility, power,technique, flow). At the same time, practicing forms is not the same as fighting.

-A moving meditation which puts you in a state of flow, or the zone,  placing you in the present

I find some systems and Teachers use forms much better than others

Be the best version of you

I have been insincere to myself for quite a while, starving myself of the things that make me so individually me.  This has led to confusion, depression, and a lost sense of self.  Recently I have been making an effort to build the life I want to live.  I feel reinvigorated, alive, creative and optimistic.

Although we have so much potential, many of us get stuck trying to make others proud, trying to fit in with our peers, and we are left feeling unaccomplished.  I believe we get this way because we give up being uniquely ourselves.

Whatever dreams you had as a child or young adult; give yourself another chance.  If you have been out of the loop for a while, you will find it refreshing to be once again working on something that makes you who you are.

Work on the things you love because you enjoy them, and not because you need to make money off of them.

Start slowly, don’t quite your day job.  You will feel more balanced, optimistic and energetic.

Build your life around the things that make you uniquely you and you will  become the best version of yourself.

Have a good day everyone!

Vietnamese, The Flu and Shaolin Kung Fu

It is time to begin working on my Bucket List for 2013.  Yesterday I went back to my Shaolin class after 3 weeks of having that awful flu that’s been going around.  I walked in and everyone yelled out, “Happy New Year”, “Your’e back”, “Where have you been?”.  Shifu (meaning: teacher in Mandarin) asked in his best English accent, “Have you been lazy Jeremy” and let out a chuckle.  I’ve been sick, I proclaimed as I walked onto the mat and greeted all of my classmates.  I was ready to train!  After three weeks out, I knew I was in for a challenge.

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The Red or Blue Pill- Choices and Forks in the Road

Life is all about choices.  For the last 6 years I have been making all of the right choices for immediate monetary satisfaction but all of the wrong choices when it came to satisfying my soul.  This has recently all changed and wow, what a rush I am feeling.  For the first time in a long time I am getting to know myself again.  I feel a shift, and its happening in real time, even as I am writing this.

How did this happen?

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