What made Bruce Lee famous was his flare, but what made him a legend in the martial arts world was his analytical mind. The allure of many martial arts is the mystery; the idea of being passed along secrets from a traceable lineage of martial artists. This secretive practice of older generations of martial artists has acted like a very long game of broken telephone, allowing for loss of information and dilution of some of the practices. Very little history has been recorded of the hundreds of years of the study of movement we call martial arts. Lucky for us, some of the masters decided to write down the theories and describe the movements of their systems to help all martial artists understand the mechanics of fighting. The Five Ways of Attack, is Bruce Lee’s concise summary of how to initiate a strike. Read More
There is no such thing as human Draino, no juice or infused water that cleans our insides, gobbling up all impurities and making us new again. Read More
Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi researches a phenomenon he has coined as “flow”. Flow is a state of performance, where the persons entire being is focused and energized, experiencing pure joy and actualization within the movement or a task. Flow is often harnessed by people who are performing activities that have clear goals and an evolving but reasonable rate of challenge. Mountain climbers, surfers, chess players are amongst those who report feelings of flow. They all have clear cut goals – reaching the peak, catching the wave and winning the game. By choosing the right mountain, wave and chess opponent, they know that the level of intensity is reasonable but still challenging, requiring complete focus and yet keeping the goal attainable. How do we do this with exercise and with a goal for weight loss? We change our focus by changing our goal. Read More
Russian Olympic weight lifter David Rigert spent his career breaking Olympic records, 68 of them in total. His competing weight was between 200-220 lbs, with 4% body fat. This may seem like a particularly low body fat percentage for this sport, and it is, but not much lower than the average for the soviet national team. Its not that low body fat percentage was a goal for these guys, it was simply a training effect from strength and power lifting. We can learn from this Read More
The amount of people moving towards a plant based diet has skyrocketed in the last few years. Great news for animals (hopefully…in the long run) the environment (somewhat) and for your well being (um….it depends).
For 3 years I did 6 months on and then 6 months off of a vegan diet. Before my first 6 months I did about 3 months worth of research, because like any eating regimen, there is a right way and a wrong way. Just because you are vegan doesn’t mean you are healthy…nor does it mean you are saving the planet or saving the lives of animals. Veggie burgers are not the panacea to all the worlds problems. But yes, its a start. The good news is that a well thought out plant based diet may be the solution to many of your health problems. Read More
Take comfort in knowing that every time you finish something difficult, you just reinforced your capacity to do something even harder
Most fights start and end very quickly. Sometimes all it takes is one punch and that punch can come without warning.
Space gives you time. Time to react, time to assess and maybe time to escape. As always, there is no shame in running, avoiding violence is admirable, it takes courage and requires compassion. For instances when you have found yourself engaged in a verbal confrontation, and physical threat is unavoidable, you need to create space in order to defend yourself safely. Read More
1 in 6 couples of childbearing age experience fertility problems. If after one year of unprotected sex, a couple is still unable to conceive, then infertility is considered. The complication appears to be evenly spread between men and women and 20 percent of the time it is a joint problem. Read More
knee Pain? It may be your ankles that are the problem.