Jon Burns


Summertime has come to an end, and in its place is the excitement – and the jitters – of heading back to school. While some kids may be excited to […]

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New Podcast: Episode 17

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN NOW! In this episode we dig into the relationship between freedom and discipline in the martial arts. Although many of us look for more freedom through […]

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Adele’s Kickboxing Experience

“After being on an extended training break from kickboxing, I am now REALLY able to see and appreciate the benefits of my training – more so than the first time […]


Martial Arts Philosophy: To Do “Our Best”

“We do the best we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better.“ Maya Angelou What does it mean to “do our best”? It’s a […]

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My BBJJ Jiu-Jitsu Experience

Just 2 years ago I weighed 450lbs. I could barely move  – it weighed on me to do a simple task. I had let things go too far for too […]

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Training Over 40? 3 Big Reminders For You

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 […]


BBJJ: Year One

Laundry was never one of my strong suits. I always used to wait until I was completely out of some crucial piece of clothing to get around to it, and […]


Getting More Out Of Your Day
(3 Tips from the Dojo to Use Right Away)

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 […]


3 Powerful Areas of Focus (For Martial Arts and More)

No truly healthy person I know just stumbled into a life of proper nutrition and emotional balance. Sure, they may have come across the martial arts by accident…or they may have […]


Martial Arts Philosophy: The Dojo Kun

The “dojo kun” outlines the most important precepts in Shotokan Karate, one of the world’s most practiced martial arts. Written by Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi, it is literally a list […]


Do you have kids? Even if you don’t, you’ve probably still had the opportunity to watch as they see, hear, touch, and learn things for the first time. They progress at […]


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 […]