Monday, October 13, 2014

I Am Sam's Loser Mindset

Photo courtesy of Five Grappling

I lose by 22 points and get submitted?

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

To boil down everything I talk about into one word, the word would be mindset. Mindset meaning, "The established set of attitudes held by someone."

Whether it's competition in sports, public speaking, or any intense activity, we are told that we need to think like a winner -- to be positive, to own the room. That's nice but we're all human. A lot of thoughts go through our heads very quickly and we can't control all of them. Sometimes you just have to let it go and think what you're going to think and let it pass on its own. I will never be able to remove all doubts, and I have come to accept them as a part of myself, it's something that keeps me sharp and informed.

I'm going to tell you a story about what went through my mind during a match in my last competition but frankly it's what goes through my mind during any intense situation.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Zen Of Dogs Shaking

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Want instant stress relief?

By award winning photographer and animal trainer Carli Davidson. Watch this video of dogs shaking their faces in high def slow motion. Zen, spiritual, funny, all at the same time. You get hypnotized into a relaxed trance. There's something magical about common occurrences when we really stop to pay attention to them.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

The River Knows How To Be Efficient

Photo by Tim Bekaert

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Your intuitions can be wrong

In martial arts, all of your instincts are wrong. We count on you doing what comes natural so we can use our training to counter you. You drop your hands to windmill punch, so we jab you. When getting up from the ground after being knocked down, you naturally place both hands on the ground. With no hands to protect you, we'll kick your face. All your moves are wrong and in this real life chess, I can take all your turns. My skill can quickly beat your intuitions.

Fighting doesn't come naturally anymore. If you have no resources you've needed to fight for, you have no practice in fighting. A good fighter is someone who can be creative and resilient under chaos.

Your instincts are a lot like raw energy, but it needs control (and years of learning) to become something useful.

But no one can give you the will to fight.

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?


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