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Hero Quest

Whether you know it or not, you’re on a classic Hero’s Journey. If you ever get the chance to read Joe Campbell’s “The Thousand Faces of the Hero” you won’t be disappointed. However, if you don’t have time for that, then...

Two Roads

THE FIRST DAY IN CHINA – 2001 SHAOLIN-DO TRIP   We arrived at the Great Wall at around 10 AM and it was already quite hot and humid. Being my second trip to the great wall, I was not as excited as the first time. The crowds of people climbing the hilly section...

Iron Monk

July 1, Dengfeng On the day after we had visited the Shaolin Temple at Songshan, we arose, ate breakfast and piled back on the bus for the 2-hour ride back to Luoyang. We had spent the night in Dengfeng, which is the closest town with “western hotel...

Yin Yang

What is in a name? That which we call a rose, would by any other name… oh, you’ve heard the rest.   The names we use for our most essential creations are VERY important. In traditional Chinese martial arts, the names of movements in forms or the forms themselves,...

Rolodex Sparring

THE ROLODEX MYTH OF SPARRING   There is a very persistent myth among students of martial arts. This myth persists due to a characteristic of the human ego. We want to believe our conscious minds are completely running our lives.   Is Free Will Gone? I can...

About Motivation

We’ve all heard the self-help people tell us that motivation is the key to achieving miracles in our life. Some will tell you that “how” is not important for achieving success, but you need to know “why”.  There are as many different methods as there are self-help...