Breaking the Cycle…

We have been talking about the word Optimism this month.

The basic understanding or definition is a look on the brighter side of things.

One of the most important discussions this past week was about the topic of “Breaking Cycles”.

We all get caught in “Cycles”. It is like Bruce Lee used to talk about when he said we should breaking up patterns and forms. To look beyond the steps…

Well we are all creatures of habit and those habits make us comfortable.

Lets think about it in a self-defense concept for a second… we wake up and do the same thing every day. We leave home and work around the same times. Honestly… if someone watched us long enough they could put together an easy way to attack us because of our patterns.

Now lets think about it in a relationship concept… we come home, turn on the TV and watch what ever show is on or that we taped. We spend more time with our significant others watching TV than actually spending quality time together. Talking, working out together… or other things 🙂 After a while we are bored and stuck in a “cycle” that is not healthy for our relationship. The same goes for bringing home work 😦

Last but not least… lets talk about a health concept… we plan to eat healthy. Somewhere along the lines we run out of time and don’t prepare. We are stuck out somewhere without our healthy snacks and end up having to pick something up. The worst is getting out late from our jobs and just hitting the drive thru. All with the hopes of that tomorrow “I will do better”.

Unfortunately it takes more than that to make it happen.

I bring up these three because I have found myself in each of these situations before and know what it feels like 😦

After a while I remember even feeling lost… like I could not break this pattern. I couldn’t fly above the dark cloud.

This is what I call a VC situation or victim of circumstance.

If we allow other things to control our lives then we never actually live.

I want you to know that there is a bright light above those clouds.

It is warm… and it feels good.

I want you to climb high and be there with me.

Reach for the stars….

It won’t be easy…

But you will enjoy the feeling when you are there…

I promise.


Guro Larry, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best
http://www.martialway.net
512-821-3637

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Habits we Train are Habits we Gain….

It has been expressed for a long time that it really does take 21 Days to create a habit.

As one of my motivational coaches once told me… “the habits you train are the habits you gain”.

If you wish to be a fighter you need time. Time in… training… drilling certain things over and over and over again. Nothing fantastic or special… just over and over and over again.

My grappling coach, Marc Ritacco is great about always expressing this. “There is nothing that will speed up your progression.” You have to put in the time.

This is the same for my other instructor Guro Ron Balicki. He always says, “everyone wants everything fast… fast internet, fast food, fast martial arts!!!” They want to move to the next thing without putting in the time to digest the technique or drill they just learned.

The same is for our eating and health.

We don’t get out of shape over night. It takes time…. and in my experience it will probably take three times the amount of time to get back to where we were.

But it all starts with the first day…. and then the next.

It takes one step towards being healthy.

Then it takes the big “C” word…. “Consistency”.

To do something over and over again… just like the fighters.

To set your plan, prepare and then hit it with precision is the key.

“You got to plan your work and work your plan!!!”

Take at least 21 days and challenge yourself to form new habits.

You can even join many of us as we take the 24 Day Challenge from Advocare starting next Wednesday. 24 Days to better health, energy and fitness. Sign me up 🙂

Either way, start soon…. because time keeps on moving forward.

Now you just have to get moving with it and make something happen. Enjoy!!!

Guro Larry
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best
http://www.martialway.net
512-821-3637

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!