Squandering Priceless Gifts

Sensei’s Corner – April 2007 Squandering Priceless Gifts Although there is a cost associated with getting an education, how do you actually put a price tag on what you’ve learned? In the end, most people describe their accumulated knowledge gained through education as “priceless.” I agree for two reasons. First, enhanced cognitive abilities have limitless potential for creating wealth and happiness. Simply put,...

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Reality Fighting

Sensei’s Corner – January 2007 Reality Fighting The term “reality fighting” has been recently used to describe some self-defense training programs1. To the creators of these systems, the concept of reality fighting represents a brand new idea about how people should train for personal protection. This perception is rooted in a belief that traditional martial arts and combative sports lack complete applicability in the...

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“Reality” and “The Ring”

Sensei’s Corner – June 2007 “Reality” and “The Ring” Recently there has been a surge in popularity of “Mixed Martial Arts”(MMA) competitions. It is interesting to see many modern martial arts and self-defense studios transitioning to a curriculum that consists largely of the techniques used in MMA. As the marketing and promotion of these sporting events would suggest, many individuals consider the...

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The Power of Belief

Sensei’s Corner – September 2007 The Power of Belief Several months ago a friend emailed me a link to a video clip1 I found quite amusing. The video featured a delusional “martial arts instructor” who claimed to command the power of ki (life energy) to the extent that he could knock out and/ or throw opponents while tens of feet away. Similar to a jedi knight, this guy moved his hands around as if using this unseen...

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Pilgrimage

Sensei’s Corner Pilgrimage Pictures and stories alone fail to connect us fully with the past. It is only through direct contact with the places and objects linked to our history that we can begin to generate a complete image of the people and events of long ago. I can recall the times in my life visiting the sites of our national heritage including various monuments and historical sites in Washington D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia which...

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