Thoughtful Habits

By Master Eric Sbarge Years ago I heard a psychology report that said that the average person has roughly 60,000 thoughts per day, and all but a few of those thoughts are the same thoughts as the day before. So if that report was right, it seems we think a lot but we aren’t particularly […]

On Competition in Martial Arts

By Master Eric Sbarge The martial arts didn’t originate in antiquity as competitive sports but rather as practical means of defense, both for individuals and communities.  Over the last two to three thousand years they’ve evolved to include spiritual practices for self-cultivation, and competitive sport for personal development and community pride. Today there is ample […]

Sweeping Away your Vexations

By Master Eric Sbarge The cultivation of compassion is a process that is fundamental to the philosophies of the three primary arts we teach at The Peaceful Dragon:  The Buddhist philosophy underlying our Shaolin kung fu practices, the Taoist philosophy at the core of our tai chi practices, and to classical yoga philosophy. The Buddha […]

Summer Break

A Message from Mr. George Summer break is almost here! By the middle of this month, all the kids will be on summer break. Many of them will go on vacations, visit relatives, attend summer camps and other fun events. While the kids are away, they are still expected to keep up their respect, control, […]

Searching for Happiness

By Master Eric Sbarge The Chinese have a saying, “The height of stupidity is to search for the donkey that you’re riding on.” You’re of course too smart for them to be talking about you. But have you ever found yourself searching for happiness? If happiness had big ears, it just might be the donkey […]

Summer Practice Routines

A Message from Mr. George Summer break is officially here. I hope everyone enjoys the warm weather. Part of our martial arts training is to have a regular practice routine. For example, our Brown Sash student Brandon enjoys his Xbox games first thing in the morning before anything else. So Brandon’s mom gave him a […]

Leadership Assistants

A Message from Mr. George This month we’ll be focusing on self-defense and sparring drills for the kids. As the weather warms up, we will also do some training outdoors as well. Of course the kids are getting ready for their summer break coming up! The higher levels of the Leadership students are also getting […]

Shhh…. It’s a secret!

By Master Eric Sbarge Deadly poison hand techniques… Tantric shortcuts to enlightenment… Herbal formulas that guarantee longevity… Go online and, for a price, you’ll be let in on all kinds of secrets. The truth is, much of this kind of knowledge once really was secret, revealed only to a select few lucky individuals. In traditional […]

Have Fun, Be Happy

By Master Eric Sbarge I was driving recently when the song Girls Just Want to Have Fun came on my radio. That song was written in the late 1970s and popularized by Cindi Lauper a couple of years later. As I listened to the song I reflected back when I was a teenager in the […]

Staying Focused and Motivated Training at The Peaceful Dragon

By: Don Kodzai Growing up I was always playing some kind of sport. I loved competition and loved to win. Soccer was the sport I enjoyed the most. I played for my high school and also in college when I came to America. In team sports, it’s win at all cost. That’s cool when you […]