Some of you know that I
have practiced Shotokan
for many years. In many
respects, this is a private
art and I choose to keep
it that way. Still, there
are many truths that I
learn from this that can
benefit others. So, I have
decided to write a series
of BEAMS (posts) to share
some of these thoughts.
Recently, I shared some
of these general concepts
in free flowing Twitter
tweets. These thoughts are
below. You may look
forward to reading about
these and other life
lifting lessons, I have
learned from my Shotokan
training in gutsisthekey. I
will be BEAMing about them,
1- Power & Patience seem unlikely to go together but I have found that they do.
2- Some people worship only n a church. I worship when I train. To bring mind,
body & spirit together n a focused effort needs the help of God.
3- When you feel bad; train. When you feel good; train. In Shotokan,
training is important in every mindset. Same in life. Show up every day.
4- Mind like the water. Means in Shotokan to be so placid that any
disturbance can be felt from anywhere in the lake. Open awareness in life.
5- Mind like a moon. In Shotokan, this means to be so aware that you see and feel
everything around you like the transparency of a moonlit nite.
6- Seek perfection of Character. Be faithful. Endeavor. Respect others. Refrain
from violent behavior are Shotokan rules that must be learned.
7- When the channel is open, the energy flows so rapidly it overflows; the real
goal of Shotokan & life mastery is to keep the channel open.
8- We come to conscious roadblocks in training and life that only deep inner
release will solve.
9- The body possesses many deep resources, such as endorphins and adrenaline.
Learning to let inner power flow helps release these.
10- A student once called me @ 1 a.m. & said I’ve got it Sensei! He finally
discovered the explosive power of letting go & letting energy flow.
11- Releasing, relaxing, letting it flow is as important as tensing. No deep
Shotokan or life power, without moving beyond conscious restraints.
12- The normal, undamaged body will move faster than the mind can consciously
think. So it is necessary in Shotokan & life to release power to move more
13- In Shotokan & life-The most efficient, kinetic, synergistic movements R
always preferred 2 more elaborate, showy efforts.