How I Let Go of Doubt, Jealousy and Karate Belts

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There’s nothing like martial arts training to show you your garbage. Even in a dojo that cultivates respect and camaraderie, jealousy and pettiness can creep in.

Sometimes the reason is clear. Perhaps a new beginner is learning faster than you ever did. Perhaps you’re the sensei, but one of your senior students is better at engaging with the teenagers. Perhaps you envy the student who has been blessed with a stronger and more flexible body than you.

But sometimes, there is no reason – or at least not one that makes any logical sense […]

The Talent Code – key points and themes

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The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle uses scientific research to explain how ability is created and nurtured, across a range of fields.

This post draws out some key themes from the book which are applicable to martial arts teaching and training – and suggests some practical ways to apply them.

The Zen Way to the Martial Arts – some key points and themes

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The Zen Way to the Martial Arts – A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai by Taisen Deshimaru aims to “provide practical wisdom for all students of the martial arts – kendo, aikido, iaido, judo or archery”. It’s a fairly short book (120 pages), but very rich in ideas, metaphors and stories. Here are a few of the most interesting themes . . .