Recently someone I know made a ‘like a girl’ comment, referring to a boy “acting like a girl, being passive, you know, just sitting around.” I felt a familiar sting; a moment of personal shame and anger that cut to the core of who I am. Finish a sentence with ‘like a girl’ and the insult is implied. Translation: uncoordinated, weak, vulnerable, overly emotional, passive. Those three simple words deliver a powerful message: there is a whole lot wrong with being a girl.[i]
Is morning your friend or your enemy? Do you roll out of bed ready for the day or grasping for a cup of coffee? Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to take coffee away, but let’s talk about how to get enough energy to make that cup of morning joe a choice, rather than necessity.
The obvious starting point is sleeping better, which will naturally give you more energy when you wake. This could be an entire article (or even a book) on its own, so I’ll stick to a couple of easy starting points. For more help beyond that, you’ll be best served by information personalized to you.
Dates: Aug. 12 – 14 Early Reg. Price: $325 Price goes up to $399 on July 1
Experience Pukulan training at its highest level. Camp is a wonderful time of learning, community and celebration. This year’s camp is open to all adult Pukulan students and kids, White sash and above, ages 12 and up.
Martial arts is movement that develops awareness. Awareness is a sensitivity to your environment and to the way you respond and connect with your environment. It encompasses not only knowing where your body is in relation to others, but also paying attention to how your body feels in different situations. Kids who cultivate awareness through activities like martial arts are more in tune with the people around them. This sensitivity, both to themselves and others, can help them learn to move through the world with compassion.
In August 2014 the NFL announced a new, tougher policy on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; a quick public relations response to the video-tape that went viral of Ray Rice assaulting his then fiancé Janay Palmer. As part of the NFL’s new commitment to address violence off the field, Commissioner Roger Goodell said “even one case of domestic or sexual violence is unacceptable.” He went on to say: “effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant… a second offense will result in banishment from the NFL”.[i]
Thank you to Mas Guru Agung Janesa for teaching and supporting her students at the Tiger Balm International Tournament this past weekend. Everyone did a fantastic job! 13 medals came home. Guru Danielle won Grand Championship in Black Belt Forms! One with Heart is so proud of everyone who participated, gave it their all, and represented the beautiful art of Pukulan in such a beautiful way.
Looking over the long and interesting history of martial arts one could make the argument that all martial arts are mixed. They grew and changed over time in response to change in the terrain, environment and culture. In modern times Bruce Lee was the most active proponent of blending techniques in the martial arts his motto being “take what is useful”. His style was more suited to the pure self defense practitioner, or even street fighter. Later his idea of a style of no style led in another direction entirely, I believe, to MMA- Mixed Martial Arts. What is deemed useful to MMA are techniques that will win a full contact combat sport contest fought in an octagonal ring- the octagon- surely by now we’re all familiar with this arena. This is an entertaining variation on the boxing matches my father loved to watch in my youth. And to martial artists it is instructive to see how how contrasting styles interact- the grapplers vs the boxers, etc.