Stand tall

Your achievements are yours, first and foremost. Sure, it's important to never forget all those who supported you along the way, recognise and thank them – publicly or privately. But in rough times, when doubt creeps in because you feel like you've had more setbacks than wins in recent times, do take the time to look back on those times when you did defy the odds and achieve something you or others did not think you would. Take time to stop and celebrate your wins. And be thankful for them. #standtall #martialarts #selfdefence #blackbelt #jujitsu #northstarjujitsu #nsjj #aikido #taekwondo #judo #karate #kungfu #bjj #mma #sydney #marsfield #eastwood #ryde #denistone #putney #lindfield #pymble

Mindfulness

#Mindfulness is, quite simply, the act of giving your full attention to the task at hand or to what's in front of you. Sometimes, we can be mindful without even trying, because what's in front of us is naturally very interesting and we are captivated. At other times, however, we struggle to keep out #attention on what requires it. In our martial arts training, we constantly practise bringing the mind back onto what's in front of us. We use the physical technique of putting our body back into a ready stance. By doing this several times throughout one lesson, we train ourselves to develop a mechanism for mindfulness. Although we may not be physically able to come back to a ready stance at work

Excellence

Excellence is a mindset. It's about giving it your all, every chance you get. It's about trying harder than you ever thought you might have to try, and harder than everyone else. If you're taking corners and no-one's watching, then no-one might know that you did. But you'll know... #excellence #martialarts #selfdefence #blackbelt #jujitsu #northstarjujitsu #nsjj #aikido #taekwondo #judo #karate #kungfu #bjj #mma #sydney #marsfield #eastwood #ryde #denistone #putney #lindfield #pymble #turramurra #wahroonga #epping #carlingford #dundas #meadowbank

Tolerance

To be tolerant means to keep an open mind. It is not a sign of meekness or weakness. Quite the opposite: it displays a level of confidence in the tolerant person. In our martial arts, we train to keep an open mind on the mats by not foretelling ourselves the outcome of a situation before it has actually come about. This allows us to respond to the needs of the situation for the best outcome, and even to adjust our response as the situation unfolds. For instance, we may deal with a situation where someone is angry or aggressive but, through an appropriate response, we're able to defuse the situation or deflect it without having to engage physically. This can only come about if we remain as ne

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