School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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  • The first real goal I ever made was to meditate every day for a year. I did this when I was 17 and had just begun practicing martial arts with Sifu Brown. It was one of my New Year’s resolutions, and I kept it. In fact, I haven’t skipped a day since. It’s been 17 […] The post Blog: How to Make and Keep your Martial Arts Resolutions appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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  • I just came back from a week-long family trip to Hawai’i. Anybody who has been at the dojo for a significant time knows that I don’t really go on vacation, and this trip was actually the longest I’ve ever been gone. I prefer to be home at the dojo practicing and teaching martial arts. I […] The post Blog: Every Day is a Vacation – Using Martial Arts for Relaxation and Mindfulness appeared first on...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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  • I’ve been a little surprised over the last few days when I ask my students at the dojo if they watched the Super Bowl. (They are also probably surprised to hear someone talk about football in a martial arts school). Only around 10% of them say yes. It’s the most watched TV event in the […] The post Blog: Super Bowl Momentum Living in the Moment and Martial Arts appeared first on West LA Martial Ar...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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Blog: Role Models

  • The Question of the Week at the dojo is: Who are your role models? The term “role model” has always had a childish, boy scout-type connotation for me, but we’ll use it. Who do you model yourself after? Who do you look to for inspiration? We go through different stages in life and look towards […] The post Blog: Role Models appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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  • In an early scene from one of the greatest martial arts movies of all time, Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee is shown sparring with a student. Unsatisfied with the student’s performance, he implores him to throw his technique with emotional content. After a marked improvement, Bruce asks the student how it felt. “Let me think…” […] The post Blog: Finger Pointing the Way to the Moon appeared first on We...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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  • I just got one of the worst injuries of my life. It’s not really that bad (possibly a partial rotator cuff tear), but since I’m quite mindful, in general I avoid injuries. This one, like pretty much all my serious injuries, happened off the mats, not practicing martial arts. I was swimming in the ocean […] The post Blog: Martial Arts Injuries , Pain and Suffering appeared first on West LA Martial ...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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  • In this article we will explore why we avoid things and how practicing martial arts and meditation help us step up and do what needs to get done. There’s a wonderful story in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones called Eating the Blame: Circumstances arose one day which delayed preparation of the dinner of a Soto Zen […] The post Blog: What are you avoiding? How to do what needs to get done! appeared first on Wes...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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Blog: You are God

  • This post and all others are a product of my experience and understanding gained from practicing martial arts and meditation. Please consider what I say, as always, as just that. It may challenge what you believe about god, but I do not mean it as a refutation of any belief system. You are god. I […] The post Blog: You are God appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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  • Our brains aren’t designed to be happy. I read this in an article recently and my initial reaction was, “Well, that sucks.” A response which, it turns out, is explained perfectly by the article. This blog will talk about that, as well as how martial arts and meditation come into play to make use of […] The post Blog: How Martial Arts Teaches us to Survive and Be Happy appeared first on West LA Mar...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • This year on retreat we did a few exercises designed to help our kung fu and tai chi students experience mushin, or a state of no-mind. One of these drills was something that we’ve never done before: zen archery. To be fair, this was a very quick approximation of zen archery. But we took the […] The post Blog: Letting Go and Zen Archery appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • True power is stillness within motion.                                                 -Lao Tzu   Think about getting on a surfboard. I haven’t been surfing before, but I know this is tough. When I was a kid I stood on a surfboard in a pool, and balancing was almost impossible. The smallest wave made by my brother would send me […] The post Blog: Stillness and Movement in Martial Arts appeared fir...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • The internal Chinese martial arts are steeped in mystery. The most widely practiced of these styles is Tai Chi (also known as Taiji or Tai Chi Chuan). Stories of the men who developed their family styles of Tai Chi have become legend. Here are some of them.   Zhang Sanfeng Zhang Sanfeng (also known as […] The post Blog: Legends of T’ai Chi appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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Blog: Role Models

  • The Question of the Week at the dojo is: Who are your role models? The term “role model” has always had a childish, boy scout-type connotation for me, but we’ll use it. Who do you model yourself after? Who do you look to for inspiration? We go through different stages in life and look towards […] The post Blog: Role Models appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • In an early scene from one of the greatest martial arts movies of all time, Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee is shown sparring with a student. Unsatisfied with the student’s performance, he implores him to throw his technique with emotional content. After a marked improvement, Bruce asks the student how it felt. “Let me think…” […] The post Blog: Finger Pointing the Way to the Moon appeared first on We...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • I just got one of the worst injuries of my life. It’s not really that bad (possibly a partial rotator cuff tear), but since I’m quite mindful, in general I avoid injuries. This one, like pretty much all my serious injuries, happened off the mats, not practicing martial arts. I was swimming in the ocean […] The post Blog: Martial Arts Injuries , Pain and Suffering appeared first on West LA Martial ...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • In this article we will explore why we avoid things and how practicing martial arts and meditation help us step up and do what needs to get done. There’s a wonderful story in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones called Eating the Blame: Circumstances arose one day which delayed preparation of the dinner of a Soto Zen […] The post Blog: What are you avoiding? How to do what needs to get done! appeared first on Wes...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post

Blog: You are God

  • This post and all others are a product of my experience and understanding gained from practicing martial arts and meditation. Please consider what I say, as always, as just that. It may challenge what you believe about god, but I do not mean it as a refutation of any belief system. You are god. I […] The post Blog: You are God appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • Our brains aren’t designed to be happy. I read this in an article recently and my initial reaction was, “Well, that sucks.” A response which, it turns out, is explained perfectly by the article. This blog will talk about that, as well as how martial arts and meditation come into play to make use of […] The post Blog: How Martial Arts Teaches us to Survive and Be Happy appeared first on West LA Mar...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • This year on retreat we did a few exercises designed to help our kung fu and tai chi students experience mushin, or a state of no-mind. One of these drills was something that we’ve never done before: zen archery. To be fair, this was a very quick approximation of zen archery. But we took the […] The post Blog: Letting Go and Zen Archery appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • True power is stillness within motion.                                                 -Lao Tzu   Think about getting on a surfboard. I haven’t been surfing before, but I know this is tough. When I was a kid I stood on a surfboard in a pool, and balancing was almost impossible. The smallest wave made by my brother would send me […] The post Blog: Stillness and Movement in Martial Arts appeared fir...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • The internal Chinese martial arts are steeped in mystery. The most widely practiced of these styles is Tai Chi (also known as Taiji or Tai Chi Chuan). Stories of the men who developed their family styles of Tai Chi have become legend. Here are some of them.   Zhang Sanfeng Zhang Sanfeng (also known as […] The post Blog: Legends of T’ai Chi appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
Blog Post
  • I’ve been a little surprised over the last few days when I ask my students at the dojo if they watched the Super Bowl. (They are also probably surprised to hear someone talk about football in a martial arts school). Only around 10% of them say yes. It’s the most watched TV event in the […] The post Blog: Super Bowl Momentum Living in the Moment and Martial Arts appeared first on West LA Martial Ar...

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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New blog articles detected.

  • Blog: Martial Arts Demonstration

    Martial Arts Demonstration This Saturday morning we are having a Wushu demonstration. All of our students are invited, and all kids are especially encouraged to come. Demonstrations have been a part of martial arts for a very long time. First of all, for a student to properly learn, they must demonstrate their technique to whomever […] The post Blog: Martial Arts Demonstration appeared first on We...

  • Blog: Action

    Last week, the question of the week in the dojo was, “What is a quick decision you made that changed your life?” When I initially started thinking about this, I was trying to remember bad decisions I had made. There were plenty. One that sticks out was from when I was visiting Paris at 8 […] The post Blog: Action appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

  • Blog: Martial Arts Discipline

    Martial Arts Discipline   I have practiced martial arts every day for 16 years. It’s pretty much the only thing I’ve done every day besides eat, sleep, and meditate (I’ve probably skipped a few days of brushing my teeth and showering). When I was 8 years old my parents put me in Taekwondo. I didn’t […] The post Blog: Martial Arts Discipline appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

  • 5th Self Defense Seminar

    Best use of a clinch in a self defense situation. Standing arm bar knife defense Listening to Sifu at the end of the self defense seminar.     The post 5th Self Defense Seminar appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

School of Martial Arts-West LA
School of Martial Arts-West LA
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  • 2016 Kids grappling tournament participants Pulling the guard Passing the guard Scissor sweep and defense against full mount Position change Start to full mount The post 2016 Kids Grappling Tournament appeared first on West LA Martial Arts.

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