Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Life Is

" Life is a process of BECOMING , a combination of states we have to go through. Where People fail is that they wish to elect a state and REMAIN in it . This is a kind of death "

 I often think of that quote by  A. Nia , and always I am reminded that the times ( cycles ) that I have been the most productive and creative are the times when I have been learning and growing the most , generally in a very short period of time.

Tommorrow is Thanksgiving Day , my personal day of celebration to give Thanks to all of the many elements of my life that I  have to be extremly Thank full for , Family , Friends and Students

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Middle of Movember

Well usually by this time New England has started to slide in to the " Dark Season " rain , and darkness by 5 PM , we have had alittle rain , however this week looks like there will be some extra sunshine and warmth , a pretty good combination this time of the year , as well as helping to improve the "New England Spirit ".

This morning as I was wrapping up the indoor portion of my morning routine ( Joint Mobilization & Floor Somatics ) , as I headed to the door , the bird feeder that is on the side deck , directly in the line of sight of the back door , had a giant Blue Jay  enjoying breakfast ( I'd already chased away the resident squirrel ) - yesterday both a male and female Cardnial where in the bushes waiting for a safe moment to feed. So as not to disturb Mr Blue Jay , I took this minute or so to update my blog.

In keeping with the season change my strength  workouts are becoming shorter , less intense , very focused , with more work on "Moving with Awareness" and emphasis on technical skills.

Recently I came across this statement :  " LEARNING HOW TO LEARN ISN"T JUST ABOUT THE METHOD , IT'S AN ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE " that say's alot in a few words and reminds me of the quote by Anais Nia:

" Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it , This is the kiss of death "

How true , and every year in our culture it perhaps becomes easier and easier to remain stuck ,
with " everything you need " right at the end of your finger tips , the computer buttons , the electronic games and of course the great  misused tool - tv.

The Blue Jay was waiting for Mr . Squirrel to get his share , which is everything in his mind , time to finnish with  Qigong and Martial Arts Movement

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13 th

We are having some unusually warm weather here in New Hampshire , much appreciated before the long dark season arrives.

Recently I have been exploring the possibilities of Face Book , my original intentions where as a business tool , however it has been rewarding to re connect with so many old Friends , as well as so many new Friends. Now that Face Book is up and running , we will be adding a Kenpo Ju Jitsu USA Fan Page so Black Belts and Students may reconnect

" You are here to enrich the world - and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand "

As we enter the winter months my workouts will become less intense , more technical , softer, more Somatics , Stretching , Yoga , Tai Chi Speed Forms , along with a " Winter " diet , more root vegtables  , as well as an increase in Beans and warming soups. As I continue to stay on the "low" salt diet I am constantly amazed at just HOW much salt has been added to our diet by the food industry

Monday, November 2, 2009

November , Fall Back

 Spring Ahead - Fall Back, takes on an entirely different meaning in New Hampshire than it does in Houston , the quality of air the last several days is extremley high quality , invigorating and energizing, worth the trade of with the evening coming SO early .

At Master Steve Whites Manchester Karate Schools 25th Aniversary Master Lee Wedlake gifted me a copy of his Kenpo Karate 401 , which didn't make it through the night before I'd read it , and am now reading it the 2nd time. All Kenpo Black Belts should have a copy in there library.

Dan Browns book The Lost Symbol has been an enjoyable read  , and should be completed tonight , at least 3 days a week I drive by his " Office " , certianly would be nice to meet Mr Brown in an informal setting .

This month building on last month , we are working : Hand Combinations , Youtfull Movement , Rolls & Tumbles , Take Downs , Kenpo Ju Jitsu detailing , Chi Gong & Energy Work.

For Strength Training Lower Body Work has consisted of Lunge Work building to "One " legged lunge's , Ham String Roll Out on a Swiss Ball

Upper Body: Low Reps , a variety of exercises : Example : 2 sets bent Row with #55 for 5
then 3 sets of Cable Row with #130 for 5,