Martial Arts Philosophy

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Martial Arts Philosophy

Testing (our mettle)

Martial Arts Philosophy

 

Mettle – what a great word. It is defined as “a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.” In a nutshell, this is Bushin Ryu testing.

In many dojos, testing is really just a formality – a perfunctory recapping of a certain set of forms. Some ...

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Shugyo

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Shugyo

 By Deshi Mario Matus Villa

As the new year started, like most people, I wondered what this coming year will bring.  I imagine all the things that I would like to do.  I also think about all the things I would like to become.  In the end, I think about all the things that I need to do ...

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Strategy for Children Practicing At Home

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Strategy for Children Practicing At Home 

There is no way around it…if you don’t practice regularly, even daily, you won’t get better.  This is common sense.  Ever since my kids started school they have done homework because their teachers knew that they needed more practice than class time would allow for them to gain mastery.  Their piano teacher requires them to practice at home 5 days a week! Martial arts is no different.  If you want to improve, you have to ...

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Self-Discipline and Martial Arts

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 Self-Discipline and Martial Arts

for Kids and their Parents (part 1, hint 1)

self-discipline and martial arts

We all want our kids to have self-discipline or at least become more self-disciplined.  That is one of the many reasons we enroll our kids in martial arts mesa classes. Self-Discipline and Martial Arts linked, ...

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Parenting Mesa Arizona

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Parenting Mesa Arizona

 

Learn the Secrets that will help you raise a healthier and happier child!

The benefits of enrolling your child in a martial arts program extend far beyond self-defense. Martial arts will help your child in nearly every aspect of their life. It will improve your child’s health, fitness, athletic abilities, confidence, concentration and behavior. Does this sound too good to be true? It’s not. Many experts agree that martial arts is good medicine for the escalating childhood obesity, ...

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Martial Arts Excellence – Seek First to Understand

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Seek First to Understand and then to be Understood!

seek first to understand

Seek first to understand and then to be understood is a concept that seems most alien to quite a lot of people today. Most folks are so quick to speak about their viewpoint that they miss being a part of the conversation, and further when they ...

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Bushin Ryu Principles

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Principle Based Learning within Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu

 

A beginner’s guide to understanding a Martial System

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“The purpose of Bushin Ryu is to lead you to be free and relaxed. This can never be achieved if you are tied physically and emotionally to techniques. You must free yourself from dependence on mechanical expression and trust your body, your ...

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Exercise VS. Training

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A look at Exercise Versus Training

 

…and some thoughts on CrossFit / other Circuit type modalities

 

Exercise, not Training

Exercise is physical activity for its own sake, a workout done for the immediate effect it produces, during the workout or right after. Training is a physical and mental activity done with a long-term goal in mind, the constituent workouts of which are specifically designed to produce that goal.

Exercise today is fun. Well, it may not be fun, but you’ve ...

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Self-Discipline

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6 Tips for Warrior-Clad Self-Discipline

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If you fall off the warrior lifestyle wagon, you’re likely to fall headfirst. In today’s blog I decided to write about how to strengthen your self-discipline for any challenge.

When I train Budoka, I can usually tell right away whether they’ll reach Yudansha status (Black Belt and above grades) or any other goals for that matter. No, I don’t have special Sensei ESP; I can ...

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