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Live your life the Martial Way.  Train as much as you can. Train hard, and be constant.Never quit. Never stop learning. Always humble. Always hungry.You will always chase perfection although you know you will never get there. But the reward is in the work. Apply martial arts to any problem in any circumstance. You will find your way out of trouble. If you are having a bad time. It will end. You will get over it.It is not about how tough is the situation. It is about how much we trust our discipline, timing and technique.We have worked on our...

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Do you think martial arts Forms and Katas are useful or useless? Vote & see how other members of the Shihan Essence Community answered this question. [powr-poll id=257d75c1_1475416532]

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I truly believe that Martial Arts and fighting are separate things. Grandmaster Helio Gracie once said that belts and degrees are for martial artists, not for for fighters. Because fighters had no degrees. They had a time.  Martial Arts are Education, and empower my life in every aspect.  But I admit enjoying watching some MMA fights. And fights. And sports. Fights and sports entertain me. Martial Arts inspires me, and this inspiration empowers my life completely.   Last Saturday I watched the whole UFC main card. I had been looking forward to the Aldo versus Mc Gregor fight, I must...

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Is anger just a waste of energy?  People mostly misunderstand martial arts and assume it as a means by which they can fight others. However, there is more to it than self-defense or aggression. If you are in a conflict, your anger can be your greatest ally, or so they say. On the other hand, there are those who claim losing your temper is the biggest mistake you can make. So, how can you tell who is right? If you are unable to reach a proper conclusion, you are not alone as there are many martial artists who do not...

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Loving the pursuit of wisdom more than the comfort zone. Jesse Enkamp is the founder of www.KARATEbyJesse.com - the world's #1 karate blog, best-selling martial arts author, international champion, self-titled "Karate Nerd" and founder of Seishin International - the world's first crowdfunded & crowdsourced karate suit. [SE] Why should somebody dedicate so much time and effort to training Martial Arts?  [Jesse] To dedicate time and effort to something is to be passionate about it. Most people don't have a passion about anything. But Martial Arts can be the spark that ignites your passion! It's a tragedy of modern life that we are more enthusiastic about temporary pleasures, shallow entertainment and instant gratification than the intimate...

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