The Difference Between Being Accepted & Fitting In

For anyone feeling nervous when you step onto the mat, I want to talk to you about the difference between being accepted and fitting in. You see, everybody’s welcome in our school, whether you’re strong or fragile, male or female, gay or straight, Jewish or Muslim or Catholic. But if you feel like you have to be something you’re not in order to … [Read more…]

Navigating Nutrition (Podcast)

Listen to the newest podcast right here! Our overall health determines how much physical energy we have and how sharp our mental focus will be. How we feel determines our attitude toward everything we do; our attitude in turn influences our actions (or our inactions). It’s a tremendous feeling to be energetic, healthy, fit and focused. When our emotions … [Read more…]

The (Only) Two Things You Should Be Doing on the Mat

Share This: I want to discuss the two positions from which one studies in a traditional martial art school. I’ll explain why they’re so important in a moment. There are two seated positions: either the informal seated position with the legs crossed, or a more traditional listening or learning position called “seiza“, which is on the knees. One of the benefits of this kind … [Read more…]

Redefining Black Belt

We define black belt in all sorts of ways – commitment, courage, humanity. And across the world you’d be hard-pressed to find two people who agree exactly on what it means. Is it a perfect technique? A demonstration of mental toughness? An ideal of perfection? So I’m going to step out on a limb here and … [Read more…]