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Kaizen-Improvement

改善 (Kaizen) – Improvement Lean production processes made famous by Toyota and the books describing their kaizen philosophy have become mainstream in the business world, as well as within personal growth teachings. Success gurus including Tony Robbins and Jack Canfield describe how the path of mastery includes a commitment to the CANI principle: Constant And Never-ending Improvement.  […]

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8 Points For Realistic Aikido Training

Origin and Intent Aikido and other samurai derived martial arts are properly referenced with the understanding that everyone is armed, or has the potential to be so.  For this reason, authentic aikido training is ideally suited for military, law-enforcement, and high-risk security personnel. Aikido was chiefly informed by Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu, which was a descendent curriculum […]

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Inochi-Life

命 (Inochi) “Life” Life is a precious gift, a unique experience, and a human being’s cosmic purpose.  Everyone, in their own unique way, is here to witness and participate in the unfolding of the Universe from their own unique, individual perspective. In the course of dancing life’s dance, the interaction among disparate beings, with their […]

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Reminiscing on a seminar with Waka Sensei

“Upon opening the door to a dark room you do not have to wait for even an instant before the light floods in.  This is the proper timing of aikido technique.” Such was the advice of Yasuhiro Saito, the young master, “Waka Sensei” of Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai and son of Saito Hitohira Juku-cho, during […]

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Warrior Mindfulness Mindfulness is a practice designed to minimize the discursive thoughts taking place within our mental atmosphere and opening the field of perception to a greater sense of awareness.  Mindfulness practices have been developed over many centuries by the monastic, religious, and even warrior disciplines as a means of creating more choice in individual lives […]

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Contrasting Republics: Nigeria and the US

When I posted some good news about the Civilian Marksmanship Program finally releasing some 1911 pistols for sale through an upcoming lottery, a friend from Nigeria wrote how he had changed his mind about gun rights.  He said that increasing insecurity would everyone having a gun for their own protection. Nigerian legislation strictly prohibits civilian […]

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Standing On The Bridge

Law enforcement is a profession that compels you to walk several different fine lines.  As a public position you are asked to apply the law while weighing individual rights with public safety.  You must consider agency policies while responding to the reality of each moment in the field.  You are a public servant, yet have an obligation to […]

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It’s All Energy

Embedded Energy The maxim learned in most elementary science courses teaches that matter can be neither created nor destroyed, it can only transform its shape or composition.  Einstein’s theory of relativity showed the world that matter is equivalent to energy in motion (E=MC2).  Further advancements in quantum physics reveal that there is but one source of […]

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