Monday, September 22, 2014

Anti-Gravity Stretches Everyone Needs To Do

Anti-gravity stretches to improve posture, reduce pain, and make you feel good!

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Stiff neck, stiff back, tight shoulders, low back pain, and the list goes on and on. We all go through it, it's part of being a human who sits all day. That's not the end of the story. There are things we can do to relieve some of the discomfort, the pain, improve our posture, and give our poor back a break.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Best Reason To Exercise: It Makes You Smart!

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Physical activity may be the most tangible and proven method to improve our quality of life, mood, and intelligence.

It can help us be more productive, do better at school, improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, increase our brain size, improve IQ, prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases, manage body weight and health, increase bone density, and overall make you a more kick-ass individual.

Physical activity and exercise have profound benefits that can enrich every individual's life. If you were thinking about doing it consistently, here are more reasons why you should start and never stop. If you are one who actively avoids it because you believe the benefits are minuscule, please reconsider.

Monday, September 8, 2014

All The Things That Remain To Be Done

Motivation is meaningless without methods

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

If you want to get things done, make it about actions not innate abilities. Make it less about the person and more about the deeds. It is when we do that, that we give ourselves a way to improve methods. Deeds are actionable and within our control, the way we were born is not.

When I started martial arts, I thought it was all about toughness. I thought a small man could beat a bigger man because he had trained himself to be tougher. Later on I evolved this thought: for a small man to beat a big man, he must rely on an efficient system. Martial arts is the honing of efficient systems for a person to defeat another person who may have more advantages. Toughness is still mandatory.

Motivation alone does not lead to productivity, without methods it can lead to arguments, delays, procrastination, and worse of all, nothing...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today Is Victory Over Yourself Of Yesterday

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

How we think makes all the difference. The way we position ourselves in the world makes a difference. The words we use makes a difference. If that makes the difference and offers the biggest returns, isn't that where we should focus our attention?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Shoshin: The Beginner's Mind

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Shoshin (初心) is the concept of the beginner's mind. It's derived from Zen Buddhism and is most popular in the Japanese forms of martial arts. In the US, a lot of the spiritual practices that have transferred over have come from Hindu and yogic traditions, and along with it, the idea of the monkey mind, or the cluttered mind.

We all know we get distracted, how cluttered our minds can become. There is a value to also focus on attaining shoshin, the beginner's mind. To let go not just of clutter, but of ego, and this want to never allow yourself to be less than special, to become the true student. It's why without this understanding, the idea of becoming a student becomes more like becoming a cult member. Learning only the things you agree with, growing the ego, becoming more special and leveling up vs learning the hard valuable lessons, letting go of ego, become just a student and having to bow to another.

Monday, August 11, 2014

How To Have A Healthy Day

As Ice Cube said, "Today was a good day."

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

During the era of emotional grunge, or hip hop songs about living an extravagant life, came a song from Ice Cube about having a good day. The rock scene was full of sensitive male screamers crying about their life never living up to their high expectations. On the other end was hip hop and living an indulgent life that lived up to your wildest expectations. It's to be expected, the haves and the have nots. One side lamenting about never having enough, the other side aspiring to have everything they ever dreamed of.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Being Alive In Martial Arts

Photo Courtesy Of Magyar Balázs

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

The difference between BJJ and many other martial arts is aliveness during sparring

Let's define aliveness:

Aliveness describes martial arts training methods that are spontaneous, non-scripted, and dynamic. Alive training is performed with the intent to challenge or defeat rather than to demonstrate. Aliveness has also been defined in relation to martial arts techniques as an evaluation of combat effectiveness

BJJ, along with mixed martial arts (MMA) and a few others are considered reality based fighting. It must stay grounded in reality. Not necessarily always self defense but always real reactions.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I Got Five On It

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

In martial arts, there are basically five limbs (appendages) attached to your body. Your arms, legs, and head. I can use any of these limbs individually or in combination to throw you around like a rag doll, and you can use any of these limbs to retaliate. In a fight, these limbs will be the determining factor in victory or defeat. They are our the essential physical assets and in primitive times they were the only assets we had, the only resources we needed.

These five extensions symbolize assets and resources...

Especially our time.


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