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The Path to Excellence

Practice makes progress. Progress creates precision. Precision leads to Excellence.

As the cliché goes, “Practice makes perfect.” But we know perfection isn’t possible, because, no matter how good we are, we can always improve. Practice doesn’t make perfect; rather, practice makes progress. We get a little bit better each time we train.

We keep making progress till we are able to perform with precision: doing something exactly as it should be done.

When we achieve precision, we continue to improve until we achieve excellence: performing with outstanding or exceptionally good quality.

This is our mission at Gravity Martial Arts: keeping ourselves and our students on the path to excellence!

The Goal of Martial Arts

Aggression with Discretion.

Martial arts training focuses on developing the emotional, mental, and physical fortitude needed to defend yourself if needed and also to overcome obstacles, and seeking the wisdom to know not just how to fight, but when and why to fight.

We practice aggression with discretion: we hone our skills and develop our warrior spirit; more importantly, we learn discernment: making the right choices and learning how to use our minds to solves problems we face in life.

A Little Bit Better Every Day

There are numerous benefits to martial arts training: improvement to both physical and mental wellness; confidence and a greater sense of self-worth; the feeling of acceptance and belonging due to being part of a like-minded group of people who share similar goals and values; fulfillment in knowing goals are being reached.

I could go on, but the point is that martial arts changed my life and continues to add value to my life. I teach martial arts to share this wonderful gift with those around me.

Come see for yourself what training can do for you!

Values-Driven, Mission-Focused

We strive to be a business and a school that’s grounded in our values. Everything we do needs to have the proper WHY behind it. We don’t want to do anything “just because,” or because “that’s how other martial arts schools do it.” We do everything with a purpose. Our mission statement is clear: We better ourselves to better our world.

Our plans, projects, and lessons are designed to fulfill our mission, and our mission is grounded in our operating values.

Our Values
– We strengthen each other through respect.
– We promote honesty and integrity.
– We foster a culture of acceptance.
– We are a safe place.
– We are leaders through service.
– We encourage a positive mindset.
– We celebrate individual progress.
– We live a healthy lifestyle: physically, mentally, and spiritually.
– We grow through regular training and personal development.
– We are fiscally healthy and responsible.
– We leave our training facility, our community, and our world better than we found it.

How to Motivate Children

I want my students to succeed. I only see my students a couple times a week. Parents on the other hand wrestle every day with how to get their kids to care about the important things: schoolwork, chores, listening, brushing their teeth… the list goes on. How can parents motivate their children to be more responsible?

First, keep in mind is that even though they are children, they are individuals. Each child is a person with needs, desires, hopes, and a personality. Parents must acknowledge and respect the individual person their child is.The goal should be to help them grow into the best version of who they are rather than try to transform them into who we think they should be.

Second, don’t expect your children to be “perfect.” Their brains are still developing and don’t reach their peak until their early 20s. Balance the standards you set for your kids with the truth that, no matter how good they are, they are still kids, and as such need continual guidance and grace.

All children need guidance, love, encouragement, and a proper education. They need clear boundaries and consistency from parents. Discipline applied inconsistently can be worse than no discipline at all.

By “discipline” I don’t mean just “punishment.” There is certainly an element of providing negative consequences to improper action or behavior, but keep in mind that you can’t punish your child into good behavior. Children, generally speaking, don’t respond to punishment the way parents would like. In fact, negative consequences taken too far can turn into a battle of wills between parent and child, or create an atmosphere of resentment in the home.

Punishment shouldn’t be used to motivate good behavior; rather, proper discipline shows the child that actions indeed have consequences regardless of how we feel. Bad actions and behaviors lead to negative consequences, and good actions and behaviors lead to positive consequences. Give consequences to show your child the result of their poor choices, not to try to force them to suddenly care about doing the right thing.

Likewise, give positive consequences (rewards), encouragement and praise when they do something right. Show the good that comes from doing what they should. This is most effective when parents understand what their children genuinely care about and think about all day. What drives this individual? What lights a fire inside them? Remember that children are individual persons with hopes and desires like anyone else. Communicate with them. Listen to them. They need to know you’re invested in their lives and you care about them.

A big mistake parents make is giving the impression to their children that their love or acceptance is based on a “pass/fail” grading system. Personally, I haven’t met a child who has been given such an impression who felt like they had a passing grade.

So much more can be said about this topic than I can fit here. My goal here is to provide a perspective on how to begin the process. Remember, the parents’ job is to guide, teach, prepare, love, and show their children that they are ultimately responsible for their own choices.

Sensei Bud

Responsibility and Precision

This rotation our youth students are studying two life skills: responsibility and precision.

Responsibility is the mental skill for the rotation: Taking care of what you’re supposed to take care of, and doing what you’re supposed to do. Precision is the physical skill for the rotation: Doing something the right way, and doing it exactly the way you should.

How are these two life skills connected? Both are about doing the right thing the right way at the right time!

Sensei Bud

Confidence and Determination

Our youth students have been studying the relationship between two important life skills: CONFIDENCE and DETERMINATION.

Confidence is believing in yourself and knowing you can do amazing things when you work hard and stay focused on your goals. Determination is never giving up until you reach your goals. If you don’t believe in yourself and know you can do the job, finding the determination to keep going will be difficult, if not impossible.

Know you can do it, and don’t stop until it’s done!

Sensei Bud

Sensei’s Life Tips

Life is a journey, and any journey worth taking comes with ups and downs, surprises and challenges, as well as exciting discoveries. Everyone’s life is different, which means everyone’s journey is unique. I can’t tell you how to live your life. You need to decide that for yourself. The best I can do is offer my encouragement, and give you a few life tips I’ve learned during my own journey…

1. Value commitment. We can’t be afraid to invest ourselves in our passions, in other people, in long-term goals. Develop the attitude of seeing things through, even when the excitement wears off and the feelings just aren’t there.

2. Exercise compassion. The heart is a muscle, both physically and metaphorically. As such, it needs to be exercised, or it will grow weak. “Emotional cardio” is the idea of making an effort to think of others and make their needs a priority. No person is an island. Lend a hand when you can, because you’ll need someone to do the same for you at some point.

3. Feed your curiosity. Read a book. Google more questions. Watch an educational show. Visit a museum. Go for a walk in nature. Don’t think of things as “trivial” or “useless.” Appreciate a painting. Let children ask you all kinds of questions, and then try to find the answers. Capture the sense of awe and wonder you had as a child. You’re never too old.

4. Exert effort. Work hard. Take pride in what you do. Don’t be lazy. Don’t cheat yourself by not giving life everything you’ve got.

5. Maintain your fitness. You don’t have to look like a supermodel. You don’t have to be a professional athlete. Just be healthy. A healthier life contributes to a better life. Take care of yourself, so you can do the things you want to do, and take care of the people who need you in their lives.

6. Sustain your focus. We are a society of short attention spans. “TL;DR” has become our standard response. But true success comes from keeping our eyes on our goals, holding on to our integrity, and keeping our priorities in order.

7. Use your imagination. Play games. Tell stories. Feed your curiosity and let your mind wander and wonder.

8. Grow your knowledge. Find something you love and learn as much about it as you can. Never refer to any knowledge as “trivial” or “useless.” The intimate relation between curiosity, imagination, and knowledge is the soul of scientific inquiry and advancement.

9. Encourage laughter. Spend time with people who bring joy to your life. Tell more jokes. Appreciate the good things in your life. Never be afraid to laugh.

10. Practice positivity. We talk to ourselves all the time. We are also habit-forming creatures. As such, we form a habit of how we talk to ourselves: our inner monologue. Practicing positivity means we make an effort to focus on the positive and engage in self-encouragement; not ignoring the negative, but the truth is, we are almost always more capable than we think we are, and, barring genuine catastrophe and tragedy, our circumstances are usually not as severe as our emotions make them appear to us. Work to form a habit of hope.

11. Find your purpose. What makes you happy? What brings fulfillment to your life? What fills you with a sense of accomplishment, pride, adventure, and meaningfulness? Maybe you don’t know yet. Don’t give up the search. Remember, sometimes the only way to figure out how to travel is to just get up and go, and figure it out along the way.

12. Employ reason. Use your brain. Practice critical thinking. Think.

13. Seek truth. Don’t become enslaved by your biases. Keep an open mind and let your imagination soar, and always let reason be your guide.

Ultimately, no one masters life. No one can tell you the right path to take. Discovery is part of the fun of the journey. In the end, the only wrong action is inaction. So go out there. Get some mud on your shoes.

Sensei Bud