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It’s nice to say that we’re going to build confidence and responsibility, but what does this mean in practice? It’s nice to say that you’re going to set goals, build confidence, take on more responsibility in your life… but what does that mean in the day-to-day? How will you do it? In the martial arts, there

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One of the troubles I struggled with as a younger person was my own fear of rejection. In it’s mildest form, it was a worry that I wouldn’t be accepted. It seemed to show up everywhere I looked: I thought I wouldn’t be able to make friends. I thought I wouldn’t ever have a girlfriend. I

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We define black belt in all sorts of ways – commitment, courage, humility, 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? It is all of those things, but ultimately it cannot

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A friend of mine, who I haven’t seen in years, contacted me on Facebook. He asked me a question I’ve answered dozens of times as an instructor: “I’m 40…can I really start training at my age?” My unqualified response is – of course – yes. It’s never too late. But there are a few important caveats for anybody