Tag: Martial Arts

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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Being QuitProof!

Being QuitProof!

My amazing friend, Tom Jones, is “QuitProof”  I met him through another amazing friend, Dr. Reggie Cochran (who I call “Reg” most of the time). They both exemplify what it means to be Quitproof. These two amazing men don’t quit! This applies to all of my friends who are leaders in martial arts, network marketing, and in school.

Over the weekend I was asked a question that I had a very simple comeback to. “What if reaching black belt wasn’t an option?” My response was “that isn’t an option.” I don’t quit. My response was quick and natural. After that brief conversation, and after thinking about it, I realized that this applies to every area of my life. What makes me any different than you?

I’m not any different! Except that I follow a very simple law in my life from John C. Maxwell: The Law of Victory. This says that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B.  I don’t have a plan b for any of the plans I have. So, success is the only option.

When you decide that success is the only option, you become Quitproof. And quitting doesn’t even enter as a possibility. Jesus said that nothing is impossible. And when you decide that quitting isn’t an option, you will begin to see the impossible become possible.

I’ve not hidden the fact that I am a follower of Christ. Isaiah 55: 10-12 talks about the Law of Victory. Leaders communicate until they see results! I’ve seen this in EVERY leader I know. Both Christians and non-Christians alike. Here’s what it says:

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth, (His word will get results!)
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater, (His Word will furnish tools & resources)

11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (His Word will meet needs)

12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (His Word will satisfy the soul of the hearers)

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that when you make quitting an option, it gives you a way out. So, simply, don’t give yourself a way out and in doing that you don’t make quitting an option.

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Energy and Success in Martial Arts

Energy and Success in Martial Arts

Welcome to part 2 of this series on martial arts. How often have you wished that you had more energy so you could have more success in your life? One of the things I love when I’m working out is how I can go into a class tired, but come out energized! And also empowered!

There are some very physical reasons that contribute to having energy after working out, but for today, I’m just going to leave it at this: your body loves it when you exercise and it will pay you back with more energy if you expend some energy. If you doubt me, go take a class for a month and see if you don’t have more energy at the end of the month that you do at the beginning of the month.

Do you want to feel empowered? Martial arts can help with this also! Imagine the confidence you would have if you knew that going into any situation you would emerge victorious. Maybe you live in an area that has gang problems. Or maybe you live in a home that you don’t feel safe in. Something else I’ve realized in myself since I started training is that I have the confidence to take on things that that I normally would not have.

In the past 2 weeks I’ve talked about several different reasons to get into martial arts. Next week, I’m going to close this part out by describing some of the different styles of martial arts. Some are Chinese based, others are Japanese, some are Korean, and there are also American styles. I’ll describe some of them. It would be nearly impossible to tell about all of them. But this will give you a starting point as you consider joining this family.

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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!