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Fighting the Stillness

April 22, 2019

 

Of the many challenges that parents face today, one is that we are constantly plugged in. While there are a great many benefits to the Internet and electronic devices, there are many more benefits in stillness and silence.

Unfortunately, stillness and silence seem to be rare to find. At some juncture in life, every one of us comes to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in this lifetime is ourselves. That battle is fought in the stillness of our hearts and the willingness to confront ourselves. As Bruce Lee pointed out, behind the punches, kicks, and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and see where his weaknesses are.

In years of martial arts classes, I remember many challenges, breakthroughs, and setbacks. What I do not remember are distractions or gimmicks like you often see at your local health club. At the martial arts studios, wrestling and boxing gyms where I trained, there was no loud music or flat-screen TVs, just hard work and sweat equity. As a martial artist, your child will learn what it is to be still, challenged, and focused.

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