Posts by SenseiChris

Got Aloha?

»Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Chris' Journal | 0 comments

This is a piece of wood. It’s even got two nails in the top of it. It’s not an ordinary piece of wood because it was imported into this country from across one or two of the seven seas to serve a purpose…a purpose that was not per-determined but has recently revealed itself. _____ I met Eric as I was looking for some new Tribe decor for the new location last week. Come to find out he spent time carving tiki items. It was a meditation for him, a time to zone out (or in, depending on your perspective). However, he verbalized to me that he had not been very motivated¬† recently to carve, but that he had found some inspiration in carving a totem for the Tribe and donating it to us. Inspiration is everywhere and I find it every time I come across...

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FOCUSing on the one thing I can actually control: ME

»Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Chris' Journal | 0 comments

FOCUSing on the one thing I can actually control: ME

I have spent the better part of the last year (or two, or three, but really, who’s counting?) watching the martial arts around me, not really participating as I had the previous twenty years of my life. And what I saw was mostly dis-enchanting, dis-heartening and frustrating. But, I have come out of it smarter, more motivated than ever and most importantly, practicing daily again. For many years now I have had that burning question of “why?” What is all of this training for? Where does its value lie? Is this still for me, worth my time and effort? So, I took a break from the martial arts as I knew it. No longer training for that big fight in the dark alley that was never going to happen, no longer working on that material for my next rank that...

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A flash of brilliance and my DUH conclusion…

»Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Chris' Journal | 0 comments

A flash of brilliance and my DUH conclusion…

So one of the things I love about my UBBT (OK, I really hate it, but since being positive is a BIG part of my TEST, I’m faking it right now hoping to come out at the end of this making it…) is how I struggle to do everything consistently. If my physical requirements are going well, my reading and writing are suffering; if my personal goals are going well, my business goals are lacking. I know the point is to find and maintain a happy balance. Coach Tom does not actually expect any of us to actually complete all of the requirements as he has laid them out (does he?). The whole point of this test is to find balance. There can never be a balance when we try to do everything, especially all at once. So my new approach has been to use what is useful to me...

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Wrestle up some Motivation!

»Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Mindset | 0 comments

Wrestle up some Motivation!

A thought on the cultivation of motivation (especially for teens). Have you ever experienced knowing that you should be motivated to do something, but you just weren’t? And then another time you didn’t have to get yourself pumped up to do something, you were just naturally motivated! Each of these outcomes is the result of a particular line of thinking that produced certain actions and your thoughts were the source; the origin that started you moving in that particular direction.The secret is when you begin to think about anything, you make a choice about what to focus on. For example: most of the time when I had homework, I focused on how boring it was going to be and what I’d rather be doing with my time. The result: it usually took close to...

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2012 Olympics Inspiration and Take-Aways

»Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Mindset | 3 comments

2012 Olympics Inspiration and Take-Aways

I have been fascinated with the Olympics for as long as I can remember! I have always had it in the back of my mind to be a part of them, how exactly has not become clear yet, but I continue to entertain the idea by watching countless hours of the 2012 Olympics in London. The Olympic Games are a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate. The ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The symbol of the Olympic...

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