Posts Tagged ‘east valley martial arts’

On Controlling Yourself, with Braden

Five-year-old Braden is a wise young man. Here we discuss Dojo Kun number five: controlling yourself, and finish his Dojo Kun interviews. (Earlier, he talked about 1: trying to be good, 2: telling the truth, 3: not giving up and 4: being nice.) J: Braden, what is Dojo Kun number five? B: Cultivate per’verance or…

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Self-Control How-to, Part Two

Welcome to the second part of a three-part series on using self-control. Last time, we looked at step number one in my formula for following Dojo Kun #5: Fire Hazard Prevention. I covered ways of daily living and attitudes that will keep “tinder” to a minimum. They prevent and help us use self-control on the…

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Message: No Person is an Island

I recently had the same message, about being a part of a group, coming to me from various sources.  When that happens, I take notice, and see if I can apply it to my life.  I heard this point in a podcast interview with Peter Bane.  He said, “By taking care of our larger ‘selves’—our families,…

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINING?

True story: I met a martial artist lady who asked, “How long have you been training?”  When I told her, “About 18 years, since March of ’99,” she exclaimed about how short a time I had been training.  To be honest, her reaction surprised me. When I asked her how long she had been training,…

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Eddie Helps Cats

Cities around Phoenix, Arizona have thousands of feral cats.  Around cities, house cats become lost or left behind and have to survive on their own.  They have feral kittens born in the wild, and most feral cats stay that way unless they people tame them as kittens.  Homeless cats have a hard time in the…

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OKINAWA TRIP 19: GOODBYE OKINAWA

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We left Okinawa on one of the first flights Sunday morning, but this was not the end of our trip.  It was not even the end of my visit to things Okinawan. It was a nice drive to the airport in Naha, with fluffy clouds in the sky.  We actually got to…

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OKINAWA TRIP 18: ON THE ROAD FROM NAHA

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I enjoyed comparing and contrasting the everyday things like road workers and signs. Naha: the city’s road sites adjacent to Shuri Castle: I found this interesting: the center high-rise is completely covered in tarps as they do construction on it: This elf sign adorned several locations that we saw on the road. …

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OKINAWA TRIP 14: OCEAN EXPO PARK

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Thursday morning, we drove north to Ocean Expo Park located on the Motobu Peninsula.  The highway was fairly scenic, but the overcast weather and early hour kept lulling me to sleep on the ride.  Then, as we neared the park, the road went up the coastline.  I tried to psyche myself up…

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OKINAWA TRIP 12: NAHA, KOKUSAI DORI, SHUREIDO

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Our Wednesday in Okinawa was spent in the Naha (capitol city) area.  I want to let you know about something pretty awesome we saw the night before.  Gauger Renshi and I were dropping people off at Hamagawa Lodge, and when we were in the parking lot, which was slim and bordered by…

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OKINAWA TRIP 11: ZAKIMI CASTLE, TUMAIGUSHIKU BEACH PICNIC

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Tuesday morning, we drove out to Zakimi Castle.  It was still hot and humid, but I could not complain about it this day, because trees and the ocean breeze made it tolerable.  On the drive to the Zakimi, I noticed shisa statues everywhere, especially guarding houses and properties in the neighborhoods.  …

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