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Age of Alexandria

305 to 30 BCE in Alexandria, Egypt the greatest library of antiquity was established and maintained. . . until someone played with matches and burned it down. It's considered to be one of the greatest losses of cultural knowledge in all of human history. It wasn't just a library; it had meeting places, lecture halls, […]

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“All warfare is based on deception..." A good measure of intelligence is how early a child figures out how to lie. Caught Red-handed My mom loves telling a story about the time when I was 3 or 4, and she caught me with a cookie. I immediately put the guilty hand behind my back. (If […]

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Minimalism. Essentialism. Stoicism. They're all based on the same concept: Simplicity. A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery In your life & training, work diligently to treasure what is essential, and be free to get […]

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What Do You Want

It's no secret that the greatest adversary you'll ever fight is yourself. Over the course of your years you'll struggle to overcome: weakness, vice, temptation of mind & body, institutionalized indoctrination, socialized self destructive behaviors, incorrect beliefs, volatile emotions, thoughts that make you weak, and on down the list it goes. At your darkest moments […]

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What's Your Zero?

In the world of numbers, zero is a bit of an odd duck; it was created near the year 0, ironically enough, which seems peculiar. Shouldn't it have been a number since numbers were invented? Not neccessarily. In nature there are no zeros. You can't point to what's not there. The only place things don't […]

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Secrets of the Serpent

Snakes & Dragons One of the most-repeated movements in the Wing Chun system is Heun Sau, or "Circling Hand," and for good reason. It's a fantastic way of out maneuvering your opponent, so it makes sense that you would practice the motion so much. This video by the incomparable Roland Warzecha describes applications for the […]

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I Get No Respect

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors AKA: Healthy boundaries build respect and make for happy lives. Rodney Dangerfield made a whole career in comedy talking about the ways he was disrespected by his friends, family, and society in general. It's hilarious when he's on stage, but when it happens to you it can seriously undermine your […]

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Welcome to the Kitchen

There's a phenomenal article about Elon Musk called "The Cook and the Chef," by Tim Urban over on his blog "Wait But Why," where he talks about innovation and forward-thinkers. After working my way through it, I realized this is a perfect mental model to use when thinking about your martial arts training. Cook vs […]

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Beyond Straight Lines

Do these two statements contradict each other? The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. ~Archimedes There are no straight lines in nature. ~Antoni Gaudi Archimedes is arguably one of the smartest human beings to have ever lived, and I mean that with absolutely zero hyperbole. He's most commonly known for shouting "Eureka!" […]

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Beginner's Mind

In Defense Of Fewer Options In the Beginner's Mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few. ~Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki How often have you seen this quote cited as proof that you should open your mind to more possibilities? How, then, would things change if you took it as a suggestion to narrow your […]

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