Hatha is Not the Sun and the Moon

The Japanese martial art of Aikido is made up of three words: Ai meaning harmony, Ki meaning life force, spirit and universal energy, and Do, meaning the way.  Summed up in a basic sense, Aikido is The Way of Harmony of the Spirit. This nomenclature is pretty common in the martial arts, such as with … Continue reading Hatha is Not the Sun and the Moon

The Threat of Heaven and the Promise of Hell

“So Rob, tell me; are you a God-fearing man?” Almost twenty years ago in Nashville, I was having lunch with a small business group.  There were about eight of us.  When our salads came, I began to eat it while conversing with the group.  As their salads came, they waited for everyone to get theirs … Continue reading The Threat of Heaven and the Promise of Hell

Stop Focusing on the Wrong Shit

What if B.B. King had to pass a written, standardized advanced mathematics exam to be legally allowed to play guitar commercially?  Crazy, right? What if Eddie Van Halen had to be able to write and decipher advanced music theory, such as in the photo above, in order for him to play and make music?  Well, … Continue reading Stop Focusing on the Wrong Shit

Using What We’re Good at For Good

Through a series of unfortunate events, surviving two decades in a violent, volatile, crime-ridden neighborhood and one particular incident where I had two guns pressed into my head, I realized something: what is taught and practiced in a dojo, doesn’t really translate to the street. Reality isn’t so neatly packaged. For 17 years after the … Continue reading Using What We’re Good at For Good

How to Be a Yogi Without Being a Chump

“I try. I try to be a righteous man. I try to give love all over the world. But I’m tired of being used!” – Charles Bradley: Ain’t It a Sin Such passion that you know came from a hard-earned life.  The Screaming Eagle of Soul passed away just two years ago and way too early.  May he … Continue reading How to Be a Yogi Without Being a Chump

The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy

I come from a rough neighborhood; that’s no secret.  Where I grew up, people were gruff, rough, and tough.  In fact, here’s a typical greeting; and seriously, no bullshit, verbatim: “Joe!  How the hell are you, you f**king fat bastard?  Life treating you good or what?” Yep, pretty typical.  Crazy right?  But, you know this … Continue reading The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy