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


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


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


I’ve always loved being a student. I like learning new things, so being a good student came naturally for me. Plus having a teacher for a mom helped. I got to see all the work she put into her lesson plans; I got to see first hand how much her students meant to her. (In fact,