Tag: Don “The Dragon” Wilson

Martial Arts: In 10 Days!

Martial Arts: In 10 Days!

In 10 days, I’ve got a final doctor appoint for a broken hand which has put me on the sidelines from martial arts since last December. During this time, I’ve made a very conscious decision that when I get cleared from my doctor to go back that I would not quit. Ever. I absolutely love studying martial arts. I also love the friends I’ve made in this arena.

Friends like Dan Ross who practices Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Kempo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Debbie Goodman who does Kung Fu and Tai Chi plus she added that she will hang out at her friend’s schools and practice whatever they are doing.

One of my closest friends is named Bob Judd. He does Shotokan, Shuri Ryu, Dux Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and good old-fashioned street fighting.

My friend Amanda Meeks has done Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. Reggie Cochran is one of the leaders for Chuck Norris System.

  • Tang Soo Do
  • Karate
  • Muay Thai
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Judo
  • Krav Maga
  • Aikido

In total, there are over 150 different styles of martial arts. To see a more comprehensive list, check out this link: Martial Arts Styles. I would also encourage you to follow my amazing friend Andrea Harkins  on her blog to learn more about this amazing activity.

In coming weeks, on Saturday’s I’ll talk further about this. If you have any questions about this, comment here or message me on Facebook. This applies to anything I post on this blog. If I don’t have an answer, I will find out what it is.

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Martial Arts: Break What YOU Believe!

Martial Arts: Break What YOU Believe!

Today, I am beginning a 3-part series on martial arts. Disclaimer: I am not a black belt, yet. But I have a lot of friends who are black belts in this. One of my new friends is nick-named “The Martial Art’s Woman.” Her name is Andrea Harkins. Other friends are Anita Clay, who not a black belt, yet, but is a fantastic actress in action films. One of her more recent movies is called “Paying Mr. McGetty.” In this movie, she plays with another friend of mine, Don “The Dragon” Wilson. If you don’t know who he is, you should look him up. Plus, James Wilson, and Reggie Cochran. And MANY others.

Today, I want to suggest something. We hear about how good martial arts is for children. But have you considered why adults should do this? Some of this came from Andrea Harkins’ blog. Which can be found here: The Martial Arts Woman. Andrea gives 4 compelling reasons for adults to do martial arts related to perspective. One, is if you have a poor perception about what you believe about yourself, martial arts can help. It can help you be stronger emotionally and you will realize you are stronger. This will carry over into your life in general. There are 6 principles that are taught in martial arts:

  1. Indomitable spirit
  2. Humility
  3. Focus
  4. Discipline
  5. Determination
  6. Integrity

But today’s blog is about exercise. But, is martial arts about exercise, fighting, or self-defense? It’s about all 3! In a good school, you will get a fantastic workout! But you also get lessons in self-defense: which involves fighting. Hopefully, that need won’t ever come up. But if it does, you will learn how to handle it. One of the things that I’ve learned is that your self-esteem will improve. The reason for this is simple: you will be asked to do things that you are not certain you can do. For example, one of the things I was taught to do is to break a board. I did it! And when I did, it was a HUGE confidence booster. A second thing I was told to do is do a running side kick into a dummy. As your self-esteem increases, you become a better version of you. In this series, I want to challenge you: if you want to become a better version of yourself, get started in martial arts! The picture below is of myself, Kathy Long, and my daughter Mary at a self-defense seminar we attended in Dallas, Texas in April of 2016.

Coming up: Energy and success in martial arts.

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Martial Arts…Just Another Exercise Program?

Martial Arts…Just Another Exercise Program?

Dr. Reggie Cochran, Chuck Norris, Aaron Norris, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, James Wilson, and Esau McKnight: all world famous martial artists. But as I’ve gotten to know several people on this list I’ve seen more to them than just being Masters in martial arts. Which all of them are, and I have a huge amount of respect for all of them. And that is what this entry is about. Martial arts incorporates a different mindset and lifestyle, at least to those who are Masters. And it’s one I’m developing. It’s one of a fierce determination that defines who they are. They decide early on to become a master. And it carries over into their entire lives.

  • They are the ones who reach for the stars and reach them.
  • They set one goal after another and reach them.
  • They do things differently than others around them and it shows up in their relationships.
  • The friends they have realize they are friends, no guessing “am I a friend or not.”

A month ago, today, I was a victim of a hit & run accident while walking. In the subsequent weeks since then it has been my friends in martial arts for the most part than have been there when I was hurting, either emotionally or physically or a combination of the two. I can (and do) go to them for advice without any hesitation at all. I see them as much as friends as leaders. I love calling James, Don, Esau and Reggie friends. All of them are wonderful.

If you want an exercise program, martial arts in FANTASTIC, but as you get involved in it, be aware that a great school will incorporate a lot more than a tough workout. It will incorporate a new mindset as well for you to embrace. Do you want to see what I mean? Check out the movie “The Martial Arts Kid” starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, TJ Storm and several other true martial artists. It is available through Traditionz Entertainment, as well as on Amazon and other venues as well. The producers connected to Traditionz are my wonderful friends Anita Clay (who is an AMAZING actress to be watching for as well), James Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, and Don “The Dragon” Wilson. As I talk to James, Don and Anita I have learned that they really want martial arts to be more than just a way to fight. Don Wilson said in response to a comment I made about “The Martial Arts Kid” this: “The Study of the Martial Arts involves more than just the fighting aspect….and the only time to use it is to defend others or yourself. It is not for Bullying others!” And this is so true!

 

 

Being the Best

Being the Best

In life, we have the good, the better and the best. But then we have the best of the best. What sets the best of the best apart? In Martial Arts, we have black belts. Only 1 in 10,000 will reach black belt in martial arts. I don’t know the exact number, but I would be willing to bet that 1 in 25,000 reach the level of Grandmaster in Martial Arts. I have a bunch of friends who are black belts. But I can count on both hands the number of friends I have, that I talk to regularly, who are Grandmasters:

  • Reggie Cochran
  • Esau McKnight
  • Don “The Dragon” Wilson
  • James Wilson
  • Marian Kirby
  • Ted Gambordella
  • Chris Howard
  • Brian Brewer
  • Jay Blanton

Plus a few others. By the same token, I have friends in network marketing that are amazing leaders, but then I have those friends who are those who lead the leaders.

  • Reggie Cochran
  • Christian Gingras and his wife Tammy Sellars-Gingras
  • Alan & Jean Sickman
  • Tony & Sarah Zolecki
  • Rick & Michelle Teague
  • Alex Monterrosa

Did you notice who is on both lists? Dr. Reggie Cochran, he is not only a world champion in martial arts, 8th Degree Black belt in the Chuck Norris System, he is also Diamond in Max International. I am incredibly blessed to call Reggie one of my closest friends. My friend James Wilson, who is also a producer in Los Angeles, California told me as I was researching this idea “A Grandmaster should have many decades of experience, be a good teacher, have a calm, confident manner, and a desire to help others master their art, and perhaps even become better than they are.” James is truly one of the best of the best! And I’ve noticed this about all the people who are the best of the best. All the people I have listed here have been doing their trades, whether in martial arts or network marketing, or both for MANY years. In many cases for over 20 years.  Does this mean you shouldn’t have someone who is new, or only has a year or two of training under them? NO! But you should make sure that he or she has someone who is training them who does meet this qualification. If they are learning from someone who is a “top gun” then he or she will also develop the right skills.

To the leaders who read this: something I posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, one piece of advice: don’t quit on someone that you see is trying, even if they don’t accomplish much for a while. Just keep encouraging them to improve and eventually it will pay off. Sometimes the person who partners with you may not accomplish much outwardly, but inwardly he or she is paying attention. And in time, it will pay off in ways that you can’t even imagine! But some advice as well: NEVER tell someone they are not smart enough to be successful. Some things will come from it:

  • He or she will quit your team, but not necessarily your company. That person will find a leader who is willing to take time and teach him or her.
  • He or she may end up quitting your company, but then will probably join another company and be a Rockstar in the next company
    • think about lost profits had you been patient with him or her and given that person the time they needed to grow into the leader he or she wanted to be
    • Also, think about this: who is this person connected to? Even if he or she isn’t a Rockstar, he or she may know people that could be. And those people will join him or her. Which will lead to those Rockstars as he or she grows. And he or she, as a result of the people he or she hangs out with, will become a Rockstar too.

In closing, remember this: you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Are you hanging out with leaders, or thos

Lessons From Producers: Creating a New YOU!

Lessons From Producers: Creating a New YOU!

I have a few friends on Facebook who are Producers in the movie industry in Los Angeles, California. Namely, James Wilson, his brother Don “The Dragon” Wilson, and Anita Clay. All 3 are amazing! They are producers for Traditionz Entertainment, along with the amazing Cynthia Rothrock. In the process of talking to Anita and James, who are amazing friends as well, I’ve gleaned a little about how they create movies. One of the things they have to do is what I’m going to talk about today. They have to create the characters in the movies. What do they look like? Are they good or bad? What do they do for a living? All the details that go into a movie. What does that have to do with you and living clean? If you don’t know who you are to begin with, how can you be the real you? So I’m going to challenge you. First, take a good look at who you are.

  • Are you happy with how you look physically?
    • Are you at the weight you want to be? By the way, I’m not talking about being fat or thin.
    • Do you dress in a way that feels good for you?
  • Are you a good person?
    • Are you friendly? Most of the time anyway? By the way, being nice doesn’t mean you aren’t smart!
    • Do you treat others the way you want to be treated?
  • What do you do for a living?
    • Do you like it?
    • Is it giving you the life you want?

If any of these things need to change, then change them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Including from me. To live a clean life,  you have to know who you are  and if anything doesn’t line up with living a clean life, which I’ve talked about previously, then you need to change it. I only want the best for everyone, if you want my help, then contact me.

I would do a dis-service to my friends if I didn’t tell you about one of the movies they have produced. It is called The Martial Arts Kid. It is awesome, amazing, spell-binding! I could go on and on! In short, I really loved this movie! The Producer, James Wilson, did an amazing job. Cynthia Rothrock, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, and Jansen Panettiere and Kathryn Newton were the heroes. It was so true to life! It shows the true side of martial arts. Martial arts isn’t for fighting, it’s for defending yourself or someone else. And it will impact every area of your life, if you let it. I am so glad I got it! I can’t wait to watch it again! I can see why The Dove Foundation gave it 5 Doves! The fighting scenes were so well done! Not one fight was done by Aunt Cindy, Uncle Glen, or Robbie just because they wanted to fight someone. The scenery was outstanding! WOW! I know that they are working on the sequel to  it now. And I have no doubt it will be AMAZING as well.  You can purchase it from here: Traditionz Entertainment. And as a bonus, if you order it from here, it will be autographed by one of the actors in it. I know who, but I’m not telling. You will have to order to find out.

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