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    I get it. I really do. After all the training and teaching yesterday, the last thing my body wants to do is get out of bed in the morning. That snooze button addiction is a real thing, but like all addictions, the high just isn’t enough in the end. It cannot beat the feeling of conquering my first adversary of the day, my own weak will & desire to give into the aches, the tiredness, to roll over & slack. So, I start my day not by surrendering, but by claiming victory. I start my day by sweating. Some days it’s a HIIT cardio workout. Some days, it’s core strength conditioning. Some days, it's just stretching and shadowboxing. Some ....

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  • Achieving Impossible Goals with the Martial Arts

    Achieving Impossible Goals with the Martial Arts

    One of the most awesome things about running a Jeet Kune Do center is helping people achieve things they never believed were possible. We have a group of students in our adult self-defense classes near Odenton, MD who have been with us for about the past six months moving toward taking their first test in our JKD Unlimited curriculum program. Six months ago, none of them would have been able to, for reasons individual to each of them. Some were out of shape and would not be able to last through the rounds of testing. Others were in shape but were unable to perform the necessary skills smoothly under pressure. Others hadn’t developed the mental temerity to be able to ....

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  • Warrior Focus

    Warrior Focus

    I start my morning in a relatively routine way so that I can prepare myself for whatever challenges and struggles I may face once I walk out my door. After getting up, my first task is getting back in touch with my body with a quick workout and sweat. Then I’ll finish that off preparing my body with a green smoothie so I can make sure I’m fueled with all the vegetables I’ll need for the day. After weaponizing my body, it’s time to forge my mind. I’ll sit down and practice a form of Zen meditation I learned while living at Gakhwang Temple, very similar to the meditation that Sijo Bruce Lee talks about in his notes found in the Tao of Jeet Kune Do and ....

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  • Achieving Success with Kickboxing

    Achieving Success with Kickboxing

    We have an extremely dedicated student in our Jeet Kune Do and Jun Fan Kickboxing classes named Lynden. He shows up to four sessions a week, and never slacks off. No matter the drill or topic, he puts forward his best effort. We are blessed to have many students like him at Maryland Jeet Kune Do in Millersville, but last Thursday night was one night that Lynden’s hard work and time under pressure paid off. While working on partner kicking drills, he had one of those moments where concepts he had been trying to learn finally all clicked into place, and his hip movement and footwork all came together and made the new kick he was learning, the revers figure from Savate, became ....

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  • Mastering Your Will

    Mastering Your Will

    We worked on self-protection drills against opponents throwing haymakers and sucker punches last night in our adult self-defense class in Millersville, MD, At first we focused on the technical aspects of performing the techniques; covering, clinching, throwing knee strikes, snapping your attacker down, taking his back, & choking him out. These are all very good techniques. They take skill and precision to perform. However, after a round or two of practicing the sequence, we put aside skill development. Feeders added in verbal engagement like trash talking, shoving, and attacking at random times. Now, the drill wasn’t about performing good technique. It was interesting to ....

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  • Helping Kids Make a Positive Impact with Martial Arts

    Helping Kids Make a Positive Impact with Martial Arts

    A couple weeks ago, we took a team to the Tian Shan Pai Legacy Tournament in Hunt Valley, Maryland, to compete in Chinese boxing. One of our youngest was 7 years old, and this was her first competition ever. After several months of training, she did a great job of moving and throwing punch and kicks, but unfortunately did not win her initial match, and was eliminated from the further competition. She ended up taking 5 th place. Losing her first match was positive because it gave her an opportunity to learn and grow. At Maryland Jeet Kune Do in Millersville, when it comes to sport competition, especially in our kid’s martial arts classes, we do not take the mindset of ....

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  • Encouraging Kids Through Martial Arts

    Encouraging Kids Through Martial Arts

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is not a name we readily associate with martial arts, nor do we think of German Romanticism as having an influence on Sijo Bruce Lee, yet Goethe is the writer from whom Sijo quoted when he said, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” After all, in addition to being an artist who studied philosophy, Goethe was also a trained fencer. Perhaps it is no surprise then that Sijo was inspired by him. What other wisdom can we gain from this German Romantic philosopher-poet on the path of Jeet Kune Do? Goethe was a German civil servant, diplomat, natural philosopher, novelist, playwright, and poet of the German ....

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  • Under the Heavens, There is But One Family

    Under the Heavens, There is But One Family

    In an interview, Sijo Bruce Lee was once asked a question about his thoughts on racism. “Basically, human traits are the same everywhere. I don’t want this to sound like ‘As Confucius say’, but under the sky, under the heavens, there is but one family.” When I meditate on this, I feel hopeful as well as ashamed. I think about how many times in my life I have treated others without the same understanding and benefit of the doubt I give my own family. I don’t know about your family, but if it is anything like mine, there is plenty of love and plenty of drama. But even the drama is built on a basis of love and shared experience. We don’t ....

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  • Self-Sufficiency Means No Fear

    Self-Sufficiency Means No Fear

    Last month, Sihing John travelled to Kembativz Brand headquarters in Virginia to take part in Kelly McCann’s Sudden Violence workshop. Unlike every other martial arts weekend seminar I had attended, this was not about learning new techniques or tricks, but rather a gut check and trial by fire, an exposure to the sudden violence, the unexpected, the reality of ambushes on the street. Through various experiences and scenarios involving batons, hoods, multiple opponents, strobe lights, stun guns, and being tossed into dark rooms with people ready to jump you at a moment’s notice, we had the opportunity to test our awareness, our training, and our mentality through situations ....

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  • Daily Discipline

    Daily Discipline

    At the beginning of the year, I began a 3 month project to achieve 3 goals I had set for myself. I laid out a plan to get myself there by the end of March. I broke down the work into easily measurable steps. Each step would be easy to achieve, if I did the work continuously and didn’t fall off. Lately though, I have found myself in a pattern of beginning the work to achieve these goals but faultering and falling off the daily efforts to keep going. After a couple more weeks of inattentiveness, the once achievable goal is now insurmountable within the time frame I had originally set for myself. Might as well quit, right? It seems discouraging, but when you think about it from ....

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