How to inspire people

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Inspiration moves us, whether that inspiration comes from frustration with something that goes against your grain or from something that completely meshes with it and lifts you to another level, one that clarifies, simplifies, or shows you a new way of looking at things.

The following are ways to inspire, taken from my direct experience of inspiring people for decades, pushing them past physical endurance limits as well as mental barriers that keep ...

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10 Tips For A Great Bootcamp Session!

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mingstrip-bootcampCore Jeet Kune Do’s bootcamp is used to train the body at high levels and in a manner that aids defending yourself in life and death scenarios.

We don’t train you just to look good, though that is a byproduct of a body conforming to whole body cardio-strength training.

In a fight for your life—in the street, an elevator, a home invasion, or overseas in military combat, etc.—the body has to be prepared for ...

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Reasons To Train, And The Bad Student

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Artist Anna Janosik

The Bad Student

Any athletic activity, and self-defense training should mimic athletic activity, carries with it the possible exposure to pulled muscles, sprains, tears and, at worse, broken bones or head trauma.

Training with the proper safety equipment allows you to work at higher levels of intensity and should be mandatory.

Training without egotism should also be mandatory, but, as with most competitive arts or activities, egos ...

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Can You Train Like A Woman? Perhaps You Should

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Anna-carry-Josh400xTraining for any sport requires a certain amount of stress to bring the body up to par for that sport.

This required stress is reduced when you introduce weight class restrictions similar to those in wrestling.

The demands on the athlete or student become even less when you introduce gender requirements.

What a horrible thing to do to the human race.

When we train at Core Jeet Kune Do, we ...

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How Traditional Martial Arts Kills Creative Expression

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Josh-cjkd-350I’m often surprised at the quality and creativity of the people we attract to our Academy.

Perhaps it is something specific to Core JKD, or Jeet Kune Do in particular, but there seems to be an abundance of students craving creative expression—and expressing themselves creatively beyond the bounds of the martial arts. (I mean some really talented creatives here: Illustrators and musicians just to name a ...

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Home Remedies To Enhance Fighting Skills

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kids-obstacle-350xDoes your martial art training stop when you leave the dojo/studio/academy?

“And where it should not, for my ally is…”

Oops, sorry. Veered off there for a little bit. Yoda reference aside (and just where did Yoda train Luke, by the way?) we’re going to look at a few things you can do to keep your skills high when you’re not in your training studio.

Attributes we like to train ...

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Warning Signs Of An Abuser – Before You Get In A Relationship

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Core Jeet Kune Do not only addresses physical self-defense situations, but also those elements that affect your life prior to needing such training. 

Awareness of your environment and awareness of your self are two base requisites for increasing your chances for survival in any life-and-death encounter. An aware life is one of opportunities. 

When I mention things like “life-and-death” encounters, people don’t realize that any physical altercation ...

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Core Jeet Kune Do – Following The Path Of Bruce Lee

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bruce-and-monk-illustratorIt’s interesting the political landscape and, sometimes, sheer ignorance that swells to life following the passing of an inspirational individual regarding their expression in life.

Everyone seems to have an opinion trying to define just what it was that Bruce Lee was creating. Yes, creating. He wasn’t finished, and if you understand the expression of the creating individual—which he valued highly—you know that such a thing cannot be finished.

Nor can it be ...

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Who Are The Best Students To Train?

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Mich_group_spar200xIf you’ve searched for a martial arts instructor, you know there is quite a variety out there from which to choose. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find threads of similarity between the majority of them—which makes choosing one even more difficult.

But have you thought about what kind of students instructors enjoy having in their studio? I have an opinion on that, and it’s an educated opinion having trained so many students over ...

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The Street Fight

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You’re up against the wall holding one guy down by the throat, your knee on his chest. This guy happens to be lying atop his buddy you threw against the wall seconds earlier. A third friend of theirs is on the side doing his best to kick at your head and use it for a football. You take a few shots with the head cover you’ve been instinctively trained to use, but what do you do with this third guy?

This ...

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