The Martial Artist
Random thoughts more specific to the martial arts, but with enough imagination you can apply it to anything.
- On the Meaning of a Belt: The belt doesn't make the person. The person makes the belt. You make the belt.
- What Getting Punched in the Face Taught Me: Getting punched in the face is just a metaphor for conflict. Will you cower, get hit, block, redirect, or move out of the way?
- On the Martial Artist: I asked over 20 martial artists, ranging from Silicon Valley, Wall Street, to Hollywood, and everything in between: what is a martial artist?
- On the Loser's Mindset: A Humorous Approach to Success: When you fight doubt, fight it with faith, not certainty. Certainty gets your ass kicked.
- On Walking The Path With Enson Inoue: A long-form, philosophical discussion about the modern need for spiritual growth with MMA legend Enson Inoue.
- Be Like Water, This Is Water: A lyrically curated non-linear free-form exploration on Zen, self-realization, empathy, community, martial arts, and the daily art of living.
- On 36,000 Kung Fu Fighters: Shaolin students display the awe-inspiring beauty of traditional martial arts.
- The Pink Gi In The Room: A comprehensive long-form discussion from the perspective of women about gender diversity and equality in the microcosm of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and how that is reflective of the rest of the world.
- Why I Never Quit Martial Arts: Having trained from age six, my biggest challenge was never stopping.
- Nick Diaz And Ender Wiggin On The Realities Of Fighting: Even the winners are casualties of battle.
- Fighting: It Cannot Be Explained: Fighting is fighting. Everybody gets it. It doesn't need language.
- Patterns of Behavior: Aldo Vs. McGregor: In a fight, we aren't completely predictable machines, but some fighters are less predictable than others.
- Seeing Beyond: A Parable: The young martial artist asked his master, "How do I anticipate my opponent's moves?"
- The Maxims of Miyamoto Musashi: Often it is a warrior like Miyamoto Musashi who is more applicable to the everyday person than a philosopher or monk. He offers philosophy through simple maxims on living.
- Invisible MMA: The Stuff We Don't See: MMA is a free market for empty-hand combat; fewer restrictions means strategies must compete against one another to prove they work in the marketplace.
- Through the Eyes of Musashi: Silva vs. Belfort: In reading Miyamoto Musashi, I was reminded of a fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
- The Martial Philosophy: A Modern Need: If studied properly, beyond stylized combat, there is a guide for the meaningful life waiting for the willing.
- They Don't Call It Cage-Fighting for Nothing: When being attacked along the fence, you are not only being pummeled by your opponent, the cage itself is attacking you.
- A Martial Artist Knows No Bounds: Training doesn't end in the training hall or the day you retire your belt. You take it with you, wherever you go, in whatever you do.
- The Journey Back to Martial Arts: I was initially attracted to the violence, but what brought me back was its unseen philosophy.