To have a dream is one thing. To live a life that you feel passionately about is a dream come true. You can have that life. Yes, you can!
What is your passion? What would you like to do more than anything else on earth? If you asked 10 people what their passion is, 8 out of 10 would tell you that they do not know. Ladies and gentlemen we need to stop living to work and start working to live. We all need to find our passion and start living our dreams. If you are not living your dream who’s dream are you living. Working towards this goal starts with you. Today is now and you have no more time to waste. I am not saying quit your job tomorrow. I am simply asking you to think about what you want out of life for a minute. I am asking you to start taking positive steps toward your passion. Napoleon Hill, (author of How to win friends and influences people) a motivational speaker once said, “I would rather fail at what I love then do what I hate.”
The times that our parents grown up in is passed. Things have changed as the world has changed. The left-brain world is slowly disappearing. Today you have to be more open minded and creative. Flexibly is a skill and if you can adaptable to this ever changing world you can be a great asset. The right brain world is coming back and it is coming back strong. To succeed in this ever-changing world know that those who are creative are having a easier time recreating themselves. The people that are willing to make regular adjustments in their lives are the people who are recreating themselves. Lets face it in the circle of life things are forever changing. If we do not change with it, we find that we have been left behind. We also need to get back to family and basic values. As Stephen Covey (author of the 7 habits) says, we need to work on the Philosophy of Family, The Synergy of Sincerity and Develop your family mission statement.
Create a Dream Board write down your goals and work to make them come true for you and the ones your care for in your life and world.
If we work on marble, it will perish. If we work upon brass, time will efface it. If we rear temples, they will crumble into the dust, but if we work upon immortal minds, and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving upon that table that no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity. Author no-known
This starts with you first.
To have a dream is one thing. To live a life that you feel passionately about is a dream come true. You can have that life. Yes, you can!…
Do you have a desire to learn the guitar? Maybe you wish to help someone that you know learn how to play. There’s a lot you need to consider before you begin. These ideas will get you started playing as well as a rock star.
Look for a good guitar teacher. While many people have taught themselves to play guitar, it is sometimes a good idea for an objective person to watch you play. An quality instructor can offer you suggestions on how to play better and to improve your style. The ability to ask questions will also be beneficial.
If you would like to play a guitar, buy one. It’s harder to practice often without your own guitar. Additionally, you must keep your guitar in tune. If you don’t, it will always sound terrible no matter how good your skills.
Always remember to have fun when playing the guitar. Remember that the reason for learning guitar in the fist place is because you have always wanted to. Don’t turn it into a stressful activity that you dread. If you do this, you are likely to become bored, or you may grow to dislike it and give up altogether. Instead, practice and play music that you love and that speaks to you.
Toughening your fingertips is necessary if you play the guitar. Calluses will reduce any pain felt from strumming the guitar strings. While this won’t happen overnight, but consistent practice will help. There are also products on the market made just for this purpose.
Before you just concentrate on what to do to play the guitar, you should work on your learning what the guitar parts are called. This is going to help you become familiarized with your instrument as you start to learn scales, chords and string names.
You can buy a metronome. One of the biggest hurdles for a new guitar player to get over is keeping time. That’s where a metronome comes in; it can be a real help. With enough practice, you will soon be able to hold a beat on your own without the help of the device.
Teach yourself to use different keys when playing songs. This can help you to properly manipulate the different chords. In addition, it facilitates better understanding of music in general. This will improve your overall talent.
Start slow. The song you want to learn may have a quick pace and need lightening speed, but mastery comes with knowing the song thoroughly, first. Begin by mastering all the notes and chords; then worry about picking up your speed. When you play too fast, you will make a lot of mistakes. Begin at your own pace and master the notes before trying to play more quickly.
Get yourself a guitar playing friend. Find someone who is a little more advanced than you and someone who has just started and may need your help. You’ll be amazed at just how much you can learn from them. It can also be more fun to play with someone you like being around. It’s especially good to find someone who is the same playing level as you are so that you can both root for one another.
Anyone of any age can learn to play guitar. Keep practicing and stay open-minded about technique. Your musical ability will increase as you pick up more and more information about guitars. Use these tips to impress others with your mighty guitar skills.…
While there was a time where many people enjoyed arts and crafts as a hobby, today this pastime has become more of a necessity than a leisure activity. With the economic crunch hitting everyone hard, more and more people are resorting to creating some of their necessities themselves. This includes making gifts for special occasions and toys for their kids.
When buying arts and crafts materials, you should only deal with a reputable supplier who offers fair prices and exceptional services. This company should welcome small orders as enthusiastically as large ones, and should not force a minimum order or quantity restrictions upon their customers. It does not matter if you want to buy 1 package of jump rings, or 100, any order should be treated in the same professional manner.
A leading online-based supplier of arts and crafts materials should be experienced in the distribution of orders internationally. It does not matter if the customer wants block cubes, bracelets, bangles, canvas, doll parts, or paint brushes; whatever is in their shopping cart, should be shipped professionally, in a timely manner, and without breaking the bank on shipping and handling charges. The arts and crafts vendor should also be available to answer freight questions, or any type of inquiry, for that matter.
Reliable sellers of arts and crafts materials should have all their policies listed online, as well as all their charges. Imagine how disappointing it would be to go through the entire checkout process and then find out that extra costs were tagged on. That would be utterly frustrating. It would also be quite a waste of your valuable time, especially if you decide to restart your shopping spree somewhere else.
You can prevent such a disaster by simply reading policies and FAQs before you start piling up the arts and crafts materials in your shopping basket. Think about that, next time you need to order more spindles, birdhouses, stencils and Styrofoam!…
The martial arts being backwards is a strange concept, but when explores the physics behind them, there is an undeniable truth.
The prime rule of a fight is that distance will collapse. The combatants must travel from foot range to punch to knee to kick to elbow… to clinch.
A fighter who can derail this sequence and avoid the clinch, and therefore fight at the distance he wishes and is strongest at, is the fighter who is going to win. And that means that he has controlled space.
Instead of letting space collapse, he has made sure that space exists.
Now, most people train to collapse distance, and to introduce force to their opponent’s person. People becoming Martial Arts smart, however, do the reverse, they train to keep the distance, to control the distance.
Thus, the proper evolution of martial arts is away from striking and towards flowing.
Such arts as karate, kenpo, taekwondo, and the other striking arts, train for brute force, impact, hit the guy in the face.
Arts such as Pa Kua, Aikido, Tai Chi, and the various wudan style arts train to keep distance, manipulate incoming flow, and guide the fist to their benefit.
In the beginning, one goes forward in the martial arts. Push ups and sit ups, punching the bag, kicking and fighting and contesting.
In the end, the end being that point at which one gives up the study of force for flow, one goes backward in the martial arts. Avoiding push, manipulating throw, harmonizing with an opponent so that there is no collision and no force.
Of course, some people cannot give up the joy of combat, the thrill of body collision, the meaty sound of a body being slammed on the mat. They will live long lives that are half bound. They will go in only one direction, the direction of the collision, and remain blind to the other direction.
Does man need to collide? Does man need to contest? Or can man study force so that he knows force, but realize that there are two directions to a punch, two sides to a fight, and two halves to an art?
Does man need to hold out his punch that others may run into it? Or can he just hold out his hand and accept the intention of his fellow man, and transfigure it into warmth and glory?
We are all men, and we are all possessed of the dichotomous nature. To let one side of our personality hold sway is to cut ourselves in half, to wound ourselves, to be blind and oblivious to our own potential.
Each technique is a fist, and the response need not be a like fist, but can be a handshake.
But this will not be seen until we study the martial arts backwards.…
Martial arts are a popular way to gain full body fitness while at the same time training the mind. Unfortunately, as things increase in popularity so do the numbers of people waiting to take advantage of you and take your money. Black belts can be purchased without any real know-how, and a dishonest individual can set up a school without having to answer to any national or statewide regulatory organizations. So how can you make a wise decision when choosing between martial arts schools? Here are four areas to investigate before you make a commitment.
InstructorsIt is a good idea to inquire as to how many years each of the instructors have trained and who with. Keep these questions in mind as you look at martial arts schools: Do they give respect to other students or treat them poorly? Respect must be both given and received to maintain a healthy student-teacher relationship. What is the attitude of students while performing routines? Do you think the instructors will help make this a positive experience for you?
SafetyGood schools will be as invested in safety as they are in teaching martial arts.Before you sign up to practice at a school, check out certifications. Try out a class, to see how the instructors work with students. A good instructor should be concerned with student health and safety by teaching the proper way not only to perform moves but to also condition muscles to prevent injuries.
The FacilityWhile facility types of martial arts schools vary widely and are not always an indication of quality, you should take into account what you require. Basic functionality should be apparent, but past that are you looking for some place that provides lockers and showers, so you can change after work? Also consider the distance you will have to travel and the number of times per week. Cleanliness, heating, and air conditioning are also things to consider.
InstructionDifferent schools will use different methods for instruction, training techniques and style. Some schools will be devoted to one style of martial arts, other will teach a wide range. Most martial arts schools will also have a variety of class size, either large group training, small classes, or one-on-one instruction. There are pros and cons to each class type, and your selection should depend on your personal preferences.
ClassesDon’t forget to ask about the scheduling of the classes. Most schools have set days and times (unless you are receiving private instruction) and missing classes is frowned upon. Will you be able to focus particular nights depending on your work schedule and other demands on your time? Will you be in a mixed ages class? Do you prefer to be taught with other adults?
If there are multiple martial art schools in your area, you can compare privately owned schools with chain schools, as well as affordability. Choosing a martial arts school to train is just a first step in the practice, so if one school doesn’t work out, you can always try out another.…
If you ask a person what comes to mind when they think about Broadway theatre, they are likely to say is goes hand in hand with images of New York City and its Theater District. New York is certainly the mecca of all things Broadway. However, many major cities and metro regions across the United States have ornate play houses that host the hottest Broadway plays. It used to be that to see quality arts you had to be in New York City, but no more. Opera, ballet, musicals, productions and the works are seen across the country, making it more accessible to fans of Broadway… and their husbands.
Yes, that’s right, their husbands. To be sure, not all husbands or men are fanatically against attending Broadway plays, in fact we all enjoy it equally. It does seem, however, that stubborn men, and especially husbands, protest the most when it comes to accompanying their wives to a musical of any sort. At least, this is the stereotype or stigma that goes along with a ‘macho’ man. So, ladies, how can you convince, bribe, encourage or drag your man to a play and help him actually enjoy himself? Here are a few tips:
Find Some Action: Choose a drama or action infused production or play. Les Miserables is a great play with some war scenes, fighting, explosions and the works. With such intense action, he may not mind the musical aspect and in fact, he may find it adds to the experience. Ask him to think of it as the soundtrack to his favorite war movie.
Surprise Him: Make all the arrangements and include arts, entertainment and food and surprise him for the evening. Plan dinner or even a weekend getaway.
Make A Deal: Offer to do something he enjoys or give him some space to enjoy the things he loves in return for taking you out so that he sees this is a give-and-take deal.
Make It An Event: If he likes going to dinner and dancing, then get dressed up an have dinner, see the Broadway play and go dancing. Combining the evening with things you both enjoy will draw out the fun for both of you.
The More The Merrier: Invite your couple friends to join you. Your man will be more comfortable around a group of guys he knows and your gal friends will be excited to get out too.
Give A Little: The best relationships are those with two-way streets – meaning, if you’re asking him to give the arts a try, make an honest effort to enjoy things he does. Perhaps this means you don a football jersey and watch a game on Sunday, but who knows, you may get in to the spirit of the game and enjoy yourself. Showing him that you are meeting him in the middle will make him want to do the same for you.
These tips are geared towards the arts but can really be applied to anything you want to get your spouse interested in. The best way to encourage someone to enjoy the arts is to do just that – encourage them with positive reinforcement and never negative or nagging words. Encourage and discover with them which plays, productions or musicals they enjoy and what parts they love the most. Was it the music, the storyline, the special affects, set, props and wardrobe – all of these are magnificent when you are experiencing them from the audience of one of America’s fabulous theatres.…
Athletes as well as people who work out regularly often take sports supplements to help them increase their endurance, build muscle or lose weight. The first thing you have to figure out when it comes to supplements is deciding which kind is right for you. You should therefore look for supplements that have been proven effective for the specific purpose you want them for. Choosing the best supplements can be tricky nowadays, and the guidelines we’ll be covering below can make it easier.
A lot of these supplements focus on the use of amino acids, because they are the building blocks of protein essential for overall muscle growth. You’ll also find these amino acids available on a singular level that many use for a variety of purposes in addition to supplements that contain them. Because it is naturally occurring within your body L-Glutamine is a popular amino acid supplement as well as being a safe one. This amino acid is among other things helpful in replenishing growth hormone levels. L-Carnitine is another beneficial amino acid that helps your body convert fat into energy. L-Carnitine is also known for its ability to help you maintain heart health. These and other amino acids are important nutrients you can take as sports supplements.
It does however take more than just a few supplements to get more fit, stronger or have greater performance. The above supplements are just that, supplemental products for support of your system as you work toward getting more fit or gaining the most from your athletic activities. Any supplement that you run across that claims to do the work for you needs to be avoided because they are not safe and typically are nothing more than advertising hype anyway. Practicing, playing and working out are all a part of getting the most from your supplements.
Many sports supplements come in the form of energy or nutrition bars. These are commonly sold at health food stores, as well as many other places. Some energy bars contain fruit, others are mainly protein and they’re often fortified with various nutrients. Not all energy bars are really good for you though, whether they’re used to enhance sports performance or as a meal replacement. Nutrition or energy bars that contain sugar are not beneficial, and, unless you’re trying to gain weight, watch the calorie content as well. So look for energy or nutrition bars that are made from quality foods like nuts, fruits and seeds or high quality proteins and no added sugar. Some energy bars, of course, are made for particular purposes in mind, such as weight gain bars, but even with these you want to get your calories from a quality source.
With the number of supplements available on the market today it can be hard to know which ones to use. Look for supplements that do what you need them to help narrow down the field a bit. The preceding information on sports supplements can help you to find the products that are best suited for your needs. Lastly be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.…
Kiai, the act of forcefully exerting your life force, or ki (chi/qi for Chinese martial arts), upon a physical opponent using one’s voice. It is also synonymous with a battle/war cry. When first being exposed to the martial art Kendo, or the way of the Japanese Sword, one is often struck by how loud and intense kendoists yell and scream at each other.
There is nothing more embarrassing in American culture than yelling till your lungs are hoarse for no apparent reason. We are regularly exposed to kiai through martial artist movies stars such as Bruce Lee’s screams that sound like his underwear are 10 sizes too small, or Tom Cruise’ s “I-yell-with-the-same-tone-in-every-movie-whether-I’m-angry-or-not” voice. Usually, kiai is involved when the action movie hero is killing somebody.
Although we are not killing anyone (even figuratively) when beginning kendo, kiai usually feels awkward and embarrassing for students. It doesn’t help that when we first start using kiai we’re either counting “ichi, ni” which feels like we’re saying “itchy knee!”, or we’re yelling “MEN” for the basic strike. Since”men” is an English word that doesn’t mean mask it feels strange–Although it would be equally weird to yell FOREHEAD instead.
Kiai is very important and develops with time as we practice. Don’t expect to sound like the sensei on your first day! Kiai is unique to each kenshi yet it serves the same purpose for all. It raises spirits, focuses our minds, prepares us to move, helps us push past our physical limits, teaches correct breathing, and not to mention it (sometimes) scares the daylight out of our opponents.
We all began somewhere and no one will laugh at a new student for counting loudly. In fact, it may impress some people while the majority will not notice anything out of the ordinary. Count loudly when counting with a group and no one will notice anything. Don’t count at all than prepare to be embarrassed.
Kiai during warm ups sets the tone for the whole practice. If there is no energy or spirit in the warm up, there will most likely be little energy in the remaining practice session. Use this time to become comfortable hearing one’s voice since one voice will blend into the many.
Don’t worry about being embarrassed. While it may take some time, everyone eventually outgrows the shameful feeling and begins to utilize this powerful weapon. Sometimes it is easier to simply vocalize yelling something unintelligible as opposed to saying men or counting. Do what you are comfortable with at the beginning.
I always noticed that the better a kendoist became the more interesting their kiai could sound! Occasionally kenshi become so comfortable vocalizing, it sounds as though two opposing kendoists are yelling curse words at each other during their match. (They’re “probably” not though I think). Kiai loudly even if you feel dumb; you won’t regret it!…
Are you planning to start learning karate as a part of hobby? Or are you learning karate and want to add more value to it? The best way is to get karate arts DVDs that has all the essential information required to learn the karate techniques. These DVDs are meant for both men and women of all age groups. No matter you are a beginner or an expert, you can benefit immensely from the karate DVDs.
There are many online stores which offer DVDs at cost effective prices. These DVDs on karate help you extensively in learning the self defense techniques in much better way. Offered at affordable prices, it has special emphasis on various moves, strikes, punches, blocks and others. These DVDs display all moves in detail so that you can learn without much difficulty.
There are innumerable benefits you can reap from karate. It will help you to build confidence and you will be ready to defend yourself in odd situations. As long as physical aspects are concerned, the karate arts DVDs can teach you to tone your body, get in shape and sustain it for long period of time. On the online platform, you can get a number of online shops offering wide range of DVDs at affordable prices. You can go for the online stores which offer karate DVD by well known karate artists.
While you make the purchasing decision, you must ensure that the pack of DVD has all the essential details you require for your training process. The aspects can involve description on each move with proper demonstration so that you learn it with ease. In addition, you can look for the online stores offering karate DVD on discount rates. As you search on the Internet, you can get information on varied e-stores offering a comprehensive range of DVDs and videos. Additionally, you can get karate and other self defense equipment, uniforms, accessories too.
There are reliable suppliers of karate DVDs who offer different levels of techniques to make the learning process easier. Basing on your specific requirements, you can order the kind of DVDs you want with a click of mouse. Across the online market, these karate DVD offer complete instruction and advanced techniques so as to help you learn the right techniques with less difficulty. Go online to get your karate DVDs today and let your learning grow better and better with each passing day.…
Xing Yi is one of the three internal arts of China. (It is pronounced shing-ee and sometimes spelled Hsing I.) The other two internal arts are Tai Chi and Ba Gua. Like the other internal arts, Xing Yi focuses on the use of internal and external body alignment as well as the use of chi energy in combat situations instead of simply focusing on training for sheer physical force. The word “Xing” is most commonly translated as ‘shape’ or perhaps ‘form.’ The word “Yi” is translated “will” or “mind intent.” In combination, these two words can be translated in many different ways. The title of this martial art may actually have been created in order to give a number of different possible meanings. However, loosely speaking, the phrase could be translated “spirit and mind intent boxing,” “mind intent boxing” “mind and heart boxing” or simply “mind boxing.”
While Tai Chi uses soft movements and a Ba Gua uses circling and evasive movements, Xing Yi has a much more direct and simple approach to combat situations. The martial artist moves in a straight line directly for an opponent and lands devastating hits immediately. A person being attacked by someone trained in Xing Yi would see the martial artist coming directly at them in a straight line or perhaps not at all since this kind of attack can come very quickly.
In Xing Yi, the knees are bent like when a person is about to jump into the air. However, the force is sent forward instead. In addition to this forward force, the martial artists uses somewhat circular hand motions. Consequently, while there is a direct attack happening, it is very hard for an opponent to grab on to anything. Xing Yi is a little bit like having a fan on wheels coming directly at you.
The force tranferred using this martial art can be extremely powerful. It is not simply based on the muscle power someone has in their arms. Instead, the martial artist puts the power of the whole body into a punch and the energy built up in the approach as well. Master Kuo Yun Shen, a well-known Xing Yi practitioner, became known as the Divine Crushing Hand because on more than one occasion he killed his opponent with only one blow.
As a fighting art, this style focuses on a few moves training them in many different ways. This way, in a combat situation, the moves will easily be recalled by a martial artist. This way, rather than having a situation where a practitioner has a large number of moves to choose from and would have to spend time trying to choose the right move, a Xing Yi artist can immediately act without having to think about which move to use.
There are only five basic techniques in this fighting style: crossing, pounding, crushing, drilling, and splitting. These five basic moves are sometimes referred to by the names of the five elements: earth, fire, wood, water, and metal. Beyond these basic forms, practitioners can be trained in 10 to 12 animal forms. However, these animals forms are based on the first basic five moves
Xing Yi is a powerful internal art that is very useful in a combat situation.…