Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Choices ...


Consequences continually unfold - as a result of both action or inaction. Choosing not to act, is of course, in itself an action off sorts. Making choices is integral to being alive - a bold life unfolds from the habit of making bold choices. Sometimes - frightening choices. - JBW

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Looking Good and Going Nowhere - Embrace the Wobble.

This is one of my favourites. I heard it from author, Robert Kiyosaki some 30 years ago. I am actually quite surprised at how much he said, that stuck with me. he was an excellent instructor/communicator! One of the best!

He was all about being okay with making mistakes. We all learn like heat-seeking missiles, he said. We launch in a random direction, and make a series of ever-decreasing adjustments, until we home in on the target/goal. The missile keeps asking ‘hotter or colder’ and adjusts accordingly. We need to embrace the information to zero in on what we want. 

When a kid learns to ride a bike, the are okay with wobbling, falling off, crashing into things, etc. They adjust very quickly, and are soon riding down mountain trails. 

When I went to school, mistakes were discouraged. we were only rewarded for ‘wins’ - not ‘losses’ -= and so many of us developed an aversion to losing/experimenting, etc. yikes! Luckily for me, I quickly ‘recovered’ when I left school - and learned to embrace the /losing/falling/failing side of the learning equation. 

It’s easy to  keep ’looking good’ - to stay well within our limitations - to limit our ‘wobbles’ - it’s just that in playing that way, we won’t get anywhere. hence the saying - Looking Good and Going Nowhere!


Embrace the wobble! - JBW

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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Change ... and Choice.

When I started BJJ - there was no internet!
When the first UFC kicked off - people didn’t know what a website was! By the time the 10th UFC was aired - we still hadn’t heard of e-mail!
Things have changed, evolved and morphed at a rapidly increasing rate over the past two decades. The ability to adapt, and keep up (even get ahead of) changes in the world around us, becomes more and more relevant every day. I have talked to people who have started a four year course at University, only to realise, as they neared the end of their course, that the filed was no longer relevant! Yikes!
In many ways, it’s as if we are all running in a marathon … it takes effort just to keep up with the pack; let alone get out in front … that requires something special.
Personally, I like a rapidly changing environment … I feel I am up for it. To thrive in that kind of environment is both stimulating and challenging - but it does take energy and at times, an effort of will.
But after any race - we need rest. And I do believe very strongly in the importance of rest and rejuvenation. For me that takes the form of watching a movie, reading a book, getting out in the wilds and doing some hiking with a pack on my back, etc.
Wishing everyone a great week ahead … do something different this week. read something you wouldn’t normally read - watch a movie you would normally think of watching - try a new technique on the mat - eat a new kind of food - have a chat with someone you don’t know - get yourself a digital wallet and buy a part of a Bitcoin! Change happens ... we can ignore it - adapt to it - even revel in it. Those are our choices. - JBW


Monday, August 07, 2017

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The problem with Soda Pop

So very often in life, Shiny Objects pull us off-mission.
We set out to do something, spot some other thing out of the corner of our eye, become distracted from our original intention (sometimes permanently so) … and wonder why we are not making progress.

Now I am not one obsessed with ‘goals’ and the acquisition of such … but I do, tend to ‘see things through’ once I have started. If we want to get something done, and it is important to us to get that thing done … we should resist the pull and allure of random ’shiny objects. 


Shiny Objects Distract Again … Plans on Pause. The problem with Soda Pop.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

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Average Joe

The famous, the wealthy, the elite … or the common man all have much in common. 
They each have only 24 hours in their day. The can pretty much all eat healthy food. They all have a roof over their head. In short, there are more similarities than differences between between an extraordinarily wealthy person and a person who earns an average wage. 

Happiness is happiness, for the rich or average like. Both the rich and the average can choose to be healthy, they can both read the same books, watch the same tv shows, sleep in similar beds. 

Many average people bemoan the wealthy and spend time wishing they had access to wealth … when in reality, most of the great things we can experience in life are available to most of us. 


Warren Buffet (worlds greatest investor) still drives the same car he has 20 years ago; lives in an average house in an average neighbourhood and by all accounts, buys breakfast at Mcdonalds most mornings. He dresses in normal clothes and speaks like an average man. he is, by all outward appearances, very average in his appetites … he just likes (and excels) at a particular kind of game that makes him a lot of money (the business game)

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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Understand where the danger is! And don’t be there!

This is a fundamental concept that is often overlooked. I remember being on the receiving end of this lesson, early in my BJJ development. My coach stood back, three or four paces from me and asked if I thought he could knock me out from there; I replied ‘no!’ He then asked me to clinch him tightly and asked again ‘can I knock you out now?’; I replied ‘no!’. He then asked me where he would need to be to have the best chance of knocking me out; I stood a couple of feet away from him and said ‘Around here’. He looked at me, smiled his little smile and said … ‘Don’t be there!’

Knowing where not to be, is as important as knowing where we should be. This works on and off the mat. There are basic things we just shouldn’t do - don’t play with lions, don’t pick up snakes, don’t swim in a raging river, don’t spend more than we earn and live on credit cards … yet weirdly, there are plenty of people who still do these things. They usually pay a high price for their stupid choices. Darwinian forces are, thankfully, there to sort things out for the rest of us. 


Basics people … basics!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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The distinctions between Saving, Investment and Speculation ... in life

Something I have struggled with - but have come to understand over time - is how to make distinctions between these three things:
  • investing
  • saving
  • speculating
Not only in a fiscal sense - but in other areas of my life as well.

These are all very different things … although there is some overlap; perhaps enough overlap that it becomes very easy to conflate all three into one one ‘murky’ concept. For the larger part of my life I saw no meaningful difference between these things; nowadays, I see a little more clearly; and am hoping to share it with any of you who are ready …

Investing is about putting something up (time/money) in order to produce a return in the future. We invest time in learning a new technique, a new language, etc - in the knowledge that we will be able to ‘use’ it in the future. 
Investing is ultimately about ‘producing something’ that was not there before.

Saving is about putting something to one side for future use. When we do this in a fiscal sense, we hope to do so in a way where we at least keep abreast with inflation. Saving is about ‘setting aside’; about delaying gratification; about consolidation, in some sense. 
Saving is ultimately about ‘preserving’. 

Speculating is about taking risks; ideally risks that we can manage. This is more about seeking an ‘above average’ return … but doing so in an environment/area where there is also a real possibility of suffering an ‘above average’ loss. The rule of thumb is simple here; only speculate with what you can afford to lose - whether it be time/money/whatever. 

Speculating is ultimately about ‘educated gambling’.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Throwing a wide net ...

I like reading, listening to podcasts, watching videos/programs, listening to a wide range of other people’s views and then trying to tidy it all up into a view that I am happy to hold - at least until I am convinced otherwise (in fact, often hoping that I am). This goes to the heart of what learning is all about; we gather as much information as we can, and then make assessments, arrive at conclusions and form opinions about the world we live in. - JBW

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Talking and thinking ...

When people are speaking, they are basically thinking out loud. When we listen to someone bluster and rant; or grunt and deride - we get an insight into the way they think. When we listen to someone describe a carefully considered opinion, we get an insight into the way they think. We utter and mutter and in so doing, we reveal our thinking.

Talking is (to a large degree) just thinking out loud. Getting our thoughts and opinions in order pays dividends over time; the clearer we are with our thinking, the better we become at communicating with others.

As we all crystallise our opinions on things and polish the lens through which we view the world, we can begin to improve our ability to express our thinking and our views to others. Through reading, debate, conversation, life-experience, travel and study we become better at articulating our world view and in so doing, we become better positioned to make our own contributions on the landscapes we inhabit. - JBW

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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The spark ...

From my childhood

An over-reaction perhaps … but in response to being bullied for a couple of years as a child, I looked to martial arts training as a solution. Back then, there were very few training opportunities available to me - so my father (who really knew his way around a fight) taught me what would later serve as a fairly solid foundation for my life’s pursuit.

Comic-books, rather than video games, were the thing back then. I, like most kids, has a large collection. I was endlessly fascinated by the ads I saw therein; they promised all kinds of wonderment … and at the time, were a kind of inspiration for how I would later on, design my life.


It’s funny, almost comical (pun right there) how certain things inspire and motivate us. I have always felt that inspiration comes first - and everything else follows. We ‘reality-making’ beings … everything starts with a thought, an internal whim … a spark of the imagination. - JBW

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Collateral Benefit …

I have long been interested in the concept of collateral benefit.
This is the idea that even though I might choose to do something for personal reasons - if others stand to directly benefit from my choices and actions - then I have a very strong indicator that I am on a successful path.

I understand on a visceral level that this is ‘deep principle’ at work. In fact, I use the collateral benefit structure to ‘test’ my own decisions about doing things in my own life. 
‘Does this helps others?’ - YES/NO
‘Do I want to do this?’ - YES/NO
Yes/yes … and and the way forward is clear.


The bee collects the pollen - and in doing so, effects cross-pollination between plants. Yes/Yes. And so the world works. - JBW

Friday, June 09, 2017

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO WHEN IT COUNTS

It isn’t so important to talk about integrity - just be a person of your word. it isn’t so important to talk about loyalty - just be loyal. It isn’t so important to talk about being generous - just be kind. Talk is easy - our actions define who we really are. 

Imagine your married and your spouse keeps telling you how loyal he or she is - yikes - that would be worrisome! Humans are creatures of action … and oft times, our chatter and verbiage let’s us down.

One of my very favourite sayings - from a book entitled ARMOR by John Steakley - is as follows: ‘You are what you do when it counts’. The protagonist in the book is called Felix; the inspiration behind the naming of my boy. A great read about fear, taming instinct and becoming. One of the messages of the story, is that it doesn’t so much matter what you feel or say - ultimately it is what you do that really matters - and especially, what you do, when under pressure, highly inconvenienced or when your actions actually ‘cost’ you. 

We are defined by our actions … words are important, yes - but actions leave footprints and have real effect on the world.

  • JBW

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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Durability ...

Durability is a good trait - a useful trait for life - and one that can make the difference between us ‘folding’ under pressure or ’pushing through’. Durability, can be both a physical durability and also, a thing of the mind. Mental durability is perhaps, the more important of the two.

There are all kinds of mental durability - we might have the kind of durability that allows us to more easily process criticism than others - we may have the kind of durability that equips us to push through hardship when others might throw in the towel - we  might have a durability of memory, allowing us to recall things and lessons we have learned a long time ago - we might posses the kind of mental durability that us to perform the mental gymnastics needed to solve certain kinds of problems, etc.

Durability is something we can hone and develop. Physical durability to easy to acquire … strength and conditioning training allows us to make big gains in this area; mental durability is more tricky as their are so many flavours available to us. The approach though, to the acquisition of durability is almost always the same - we expose ourselves, little by little, to the challenging thing … and over time, our mental faculties adapt and we become more durable. 

Increasing our exposure to stress - of various kinds - can greatly increase our durability. Our minds don’t like stress, in the same way that our physical; bodies don’t like physical stress … it is not the stress though, that is good, it is our response to that stress that makes us stronger and more durable. Durability - the invisible Superpower. 

- JBW

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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Another Bedrock Misunderstanding ...



The Universe is my friend: The universe, like nature, is not your friend - it doesn’t care if you live well or die horribly - the universe is not a conscious entity. We can think warm and fuzzy thoughts about nature and how we should live in harmony with it but an earthquake or a lion will both still dispatch us in short order. Instead sending your thoughts out into the universe in the hope that something wonderful will happen, just plan and take action - that’s how actual stuff gets done. - JBW

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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A little about a lot ...

Specialisation can unearth insight and deep understanding - but specialisation to the exclusion of everything else can lead to lost opportunity and an inability to adapt. Besides, when we specialise in something - extra effort invested in that particular area will probably only yield incremental returns - whereas investing our effort in areas we know littler to nothing about, will likely yield a huge return for time invested. Know a little about a lot ... be a Jack of all Trades, if you will. Be a well-rounded, adaptable and knowledge-hungry being. After all, your time is being spent -= whether you like it or not.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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The beautification of the functional

Functionality, whilst important, is not everything. if we ‘settle’ for just those functional aspects of a thing - we will find ourselves ‘settling’ pretty early on, in our exploration of that thing. Whilst functionality is central to the concept of survival and evolution - it still, in many ways, leaves us wanting.

Consider cooking - whilst we could easily design and prepare a functional ‘dish’, one that fulfilled our nutritional requirements perfectly, we continue to come up with new dishes, new recipes, new ways of combining ingredients in ways that stimulate our senses. Most of us would find ourselves quickly bored if we just stopped trying to develop new approaches to cooking once we had ticked all the nutritional boxes. Human beings want something more than mere functionality.

The same applies to the martial arts. If we train for the purposes of functionality alone, we would find ourselves getting bored, in pretty short order. We know when we are looking at something that transcends functionality; it is at once impressive, beautiful and inspirational. We are driven to go further; to build on top of; to refine, to create to transcend. 


This is an aspect of art that spills over into the daily aspects of our lives. With functionality ’squared away’ - we can stand on the shoulders of Maslow (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) and each contribute in our own way to the betterment and beautification of something we love.
- JBW

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Looking backward ... Looking forward

Looking backward can be instructive … i.e.: mustn’t do that ever again … or … yikes, that was great, must repeat! But the past is just that, the past … it’s downstream … and time spent there, is often time misspent.
Looking forward is very useful … planning, visualising, day-dreaming, possibility-thinking … it allows us to get stuff done. But if we spend all of our time looking forward, we might very easily miss out on reaping enjoyment from the present.
Being present is where great living is done - where most of our living is done in fact. When we are in a state of action - we are usually ‘highly present’ … perhaps that is a big part of the appeal of action-filled activities; they tether us to the present. 
Truth is … we need balance. The time-machine that is our pre-frontal cortex allows us to recall lessons and memories from the past, plan forward into the future - and enjoy the now we call present. 


I know people who are all about the present - but they have failed to plan for the future, and it has arrived … and it isn’t as pretty as they has hoped. I have known people who spend all their time moaning and dwelling on past hardships … and they have failed to uncouple from that past and are unable/unwilling to move forward and re-invent themselves. The trick - as always - is to get the balance right. Balance in all things. - JBW

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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On Leadership ...

Leaders need to understand the power of congruence. They cannot get away with saying one thing and doing another for very long. I am reminded of a favourite Latin quote ‘Acta non Verba’ …  Actions; not words! 

Leaders are constantly being assessed; and their critics are harsh and often unforgiving. The experienced leader comes to understand that the communication between people occurs on many levels; leaders are judged by the way they behave, by the way they conduct ourselves, by the way they speak, by the way they look, by the decisions they make, by the outcomes they achieve, etc. The worthiness of a leader is subject to constant scrutiny; after all, people are placing responsibility for their safety, their success, their development, etc - in a leaders hands. And so they SHOULD be scrutinised!

To be a leader is take on tremendous responsibility. Leaders need to be exceptional people; there are very few people who will think an ordinary person will take them to an extraordinary destination; as most intuitively understand that ordinary people do ordinary things, which most often, afford only ordinary results. Those seeking to leave mediocrity in their wake, instinctively seek out extraordinary leaders to help show them the way.

A large part of a leaders job is to inspire others to follow; and the ability to do so requires a harmonic balance between words and actions. To take up the mantle of leadership is to undertake a departure from the ordinary; this can be both challenging and rewarding in the extreme. Collaboration between people is how extraordinary things are accomplished - and the art of leadership brings rudder, sail, wind and navigation skills together in a way that sees everyone gets to where they want to be.

The first task of a would-be leader is to embark on a study of themselves. We cannot lead others without knowing them; and we cannot know them until we first know ourselves. At it’s core, leadership is an inward journey of self discovery; a journey replete with triumph, curiosity, understanding, sacrifice and failure. A journey no ordinary person would willingly undertake.


  • JBW

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Balance ...

We need balance in our lives. Knowing a lot about something should never preclude us from knowing at least a little about a lot of things. 
Being the best at something doesn’t automatically translate into living a great life; no more than being a great pilot would mean that your were a great architect. The awesome part is this ... knowledge, nowadays, is rarely more than a few key-strokes away. Broaden ... deepen, yes ... but broaden also .... JBW

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Simplification of the complex

I have said it before, and i'll say it again now; it was the simplicity of BJJ that initially captured my attention but it as been the complexity and nuance that has kept me invested in the longer term (over three decades at the point of this offering). In short, the simplicity got me there but the complexity kept me there.

For a year or two now, my focus has shifted; I have a clearer purpose and am applying my attention toward a new project; and essentially it is this ... to simplify the complex.

There are a plethora of different themes we might attend to in our BJJ development. The ever-increasing variety of Guard-styles, the many different styles of attacks; omoplata's, the crucifix, back-taking and attacks, leg controls and attacks, kimura's & americana's, loop-chokes, the triangle family (triangles, anaconda's, darce's and kata gatame chokes), pre-clinch takedowns (shoots), post-grip takedowns (throws), escapes, guard retention concepts, the list goes on, and on, and on. We might also break the art up into it's various positions ... side control, mount, knee-ride, etc - there is certainly no shortage of projects or ways in which we might allocate our attention.

Think of any one of these aforementioned themes - and it should occur to us that each sprang from an initial idea - or 'seed' (root) concept. At one time, for example, there was a seed or fundamental half-guard, ashi-garami or triangle choke concept - to name a few examples. The seed idea of a theme is usually a very robust idea ... logically it must be so, for it to survive long enough to evolve in both complexity and nuance. 

Sometimes, the seed idea has already been beautifully and elegantly designed - I have also come to realise that in many instances, the seed idea can be improved upon or even more elegantly organised over it's original form. The process of simplification, paradoxically, is a complex one; to reduce an endlessly growing puzzle back into an easily-manageable idea or two, is largely about drawing a distinction between the core ideas of a thing and the endless variations that may blossom forth from that idea. 


Once an idea has developed to the point of producing dozens of iterations of itself, it can be very difficult to identify exactly how it began in the first place. This can make for a somewhat confusing landscape - the more elements on that landscape and the more difficult things become. Simplifying the complex … is a very interesting and worthwhile task. And so the work continues … exciting times. - JBW

Friday, May 05, 2017

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An authentic life ...

Authenticity describes a harmonic balance between who we are when others are watching and who we are when we are alone.  The concept is inseparable from that of congruent living. 

Ultimately, I feel that authentic living is a liberating experience. It takes and effort of will and a lot of energy to maintain a facade that is not truly representative of who we are. Being authentic, of course, opens us up to attack and criticism, so we need to be at a place in our lives where we are okay with that. And it’s not easy to invite criticism; I for one, have never liked it. 

I now understand though, that criticism of our beliefs, ideas, opinions and actions is necessary for our development and growth as human beings. Criticism is necessary to help test these things and provide feedback that can allow us to make adjustments and improvements. 

Living in an authentic way is to breathe easy. It is to live in an open way; to be transparent; to be fully open to the acceptance of new ideas, better ways to do things, a change of world-view. Perhaps being authentic is, in a way, a kind of returning to a more childlike state. As children we were open to everything; we were natural explorers, effortless learners, etc.

In returning to such a state, with the huge benefit of experience and hindsight, we can become a sort of wise-child. Authentic living can permeate all aspects of our lives … moving into a state where we care less about what others think of us, frees up a lot of energy that we can put into bettering both ourselves and the world we inhabit. Plus, think of at the savings you make by not buying into plastic surgery, facelifts, and the myriad other ego-driven investments that people make to engender the approval of others. We have one life to live - we might as well live that life in the most liberating way we can. We should not be slaves to the opinions of others.

  • JBW


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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The Great Escapes …

Escapes and defence build confidence. 
Anyone who has been rolling/fighting long enough, knows this to be a truth.

If we hone our abilities to extricate ourselves from difficult situations, paradoxically, this allows us to be more ‘attack-oriented’ than we otherwise would be. The greater our ability to escape from bad positions, the more likely we are to attempt submissions, because there is less downside should we fail. The trapeze artist with a large net under him doesn’t worry about trying the ‘triple’ - he knows he’s safe if he fails. Take the net away, and never expect to see anyone attempt anything but the most conservative tricks. In the world of the trapeze artist - the net provides the confidence - in BJJ, our ability to escape and defend provides the confidence.

Working escapes is the ‘less sexy’ side of BJJ. Attacks, sweeps and the latest ‘shiny winning moves’ have a definite appeal - but the development of ‘other side of the coin’ - escapes and defence  - pays, in many ways, bigger dividends. Here are a few core ideas, relating to escapes and defence:

  • Small gains: Don’t expect to be able to solve a problem, that has evolved over a series of small mistakes, in one big move. If it took us 10 steps to find ourselves neck-deep in a swamp, expect it to take 11 steps to get out. A series of incremental improvements in our situation is easier to execute than one all-out effort; plus, it is obviously more energy efficient. Annoy our way out!
  • Once we are confident that we are ‘getting out’, slow down a little and look for opportunities (grips/positioning, etc) that might be useful in the seconds to follow. Don’t always be satisfied with just ‘getting out’ - there are often great opportunities to be taken advantage of, on the way out.
  • Start chaining/linking our escapes with follow-up attacks. In the early stages (and often in later years) of our BJJ training, we are happy to just ‘get out’ - later on though, as we become more comfortable with a particular escape, we want to try to move seamlessly into a follow up technique.
  • Understand that we can always practise our escapes/defense from various points along the defence continuum: i.e.: we can work our defence very early, before the opponent really gets a bite on us; we can practise once he has consolidated his position/technique; or, we can practise ‘last chance’ escapes/defense - all are relevant, all important (but keep in mind, of course, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
  • Make the opponent move; always be on the lookout for ways to make he or she have to move/adjust their position. my coppices used to ask us to ‘poke the balloon’ - find the part of it that is weaker and thinner than the other parts, an ‘pop’ it. Don’t just keep hammering away (fruitlessly) in one direction if it is not working.

A common ‘old school’ practise was what we call ‘in the hole’ training. Put ourselves in the bad position with a partner, work our defense/escape. Repeat with a ‘fresh’ partner - then again with the original partner, for a predetermine time/round. This old drill requires groups of three people - but is very good for developing our BJJ immune system. 

One of the huge pay-offs for engaging in challenging activities is that we become more robust. The development of a strong immune system comes through exposure to challenge; so rather than always avoiding difficulty - we should spend some of our time, actively seeking it out.

Best wishes - JBW


Monday, May 01, 2017

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The information age …

I remember when I first heard the term ‘information age’ - it was at a Robert Kiyosaki seminar some 30 years ago. The information age was hailed as an era of liberation - an open door through which we might step onto a new landscape, upon which anything would be possible. After all, who wouldn’t want more information?
Turns out though, that ‘information’, just like many other things, comes in a variety of flavours. There is relevant information, irrelevant information, the useful and the useless, the true and the false alike …. the noise, the chatter, the gossip, the opinion, the latest newsflash … it all comes down the information pipeline at an ever-increasing rate. Teasing quality from the quantity can be an exercise fraught with frustration.
Sometimes it’s good to just take some quiet time; read a book, engage in exercise … and turn down the volume a little. The world has become busier (and louder) for us than it was for our parents. Remember, not all that glitters is gold … and not every squeaky wheel deserves the oil.
Learn to let a lot of it just ‘slide by’ … it doesn’t all deserve your attention. - JBW

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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And so, it rains …

I’ts really coming down outside at the moment … I love looking out of my lounge room into my garden.
As I watch the rain … it occurs to me, that no matter how hard it is coming down (though I love it) I know it will eventually stop.
Even though I like the rain … I need to accept that it will eventually stop. If my outlook though, was such that didn’t like the rain - I can take comfort in knowing that it will eventually stop. Either way, the rain will stop. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Each of us are built on the shoulders of others …

It is good (and important) to remember where we have come from. Understanding that what skills we posses, what knowledge we have, comes largely from the efforts of others. We might achieve success or notoriety through our personal efforts but very, very rarely could this be done without the help of many others. Ultimately, this is how society, and human endeavour continues to move forward … we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us … and see a little further as a result. 

On the martial arts landscape, I have seen countless instances of people who have forgotten this. I have seen students (some of my own and many, many students of others) who becoming skilled seem to undergo some weird personality change, to the point where they suffer a kind of selective amnesia; such people forget that they too were once fumbling neophytes; and many behave as if they have been skilled all along and have somehow realised their talents without the help and assistance of others.


Regularly taking some time to reflect on where we came from, thinking about the people who have helped us get where we are (in life and on the mat) is healthy and cleansing for the soul. Over the course of our lives, we are shaped through our interactions with other people … the influence of the people we spend time with, is both subtle and profound. Regarding the kind of people we spend time with … choose wisely!

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