When being under stress is beneficial

What is it about martial arts which involve a struggle between the internal (against yourself/memory/timing/instinct/courage/fear/stress, etc.) and the external (your training partner/their skill/ movement/knowledge/the unknown/the unpredictability, etc.) that attracts us? Others may discover this struggle via yoga, lifting weights, learning a new skill and having to take an examination, etc. but nothing quite replicates and authenticates this experience via a …

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It’s not what you see, it’s what you feel

Of late, I’ve been working to improve my perception of pressure, angles and timing, not in that order but focused on those elements. When I embarked on this jiu jitsu adventure my approach to learning like many other beginners were focused primarily on the visual, strength and speed. I saw what my mind wanted me to see, becoming myopic on …

Statistically speaking…

Why do I do what I do? I’ve been an observer of life where I live for a while. While I’m out and about I also see others busy with their day and they are busily multitasking (i.e. riding their bikes and texting on their phones at the same time), being digital zombies or detached from the rest of the …