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 […]

A Cup of Tea

By: Lao Shr Sam Ilardo Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, a collection of Zen writing compiled by Paul Reps, is one of my favorite books. I re-read it so often the book’s pages are frayed from my constant use. One of the Zen stories that I continually think of from this book is the following parable […]

Plans for May

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 […]

Kung Fu is Everything We Do

By: Micheal Heflin For some people imparting words of wisdom to others comes easy. Those people always seem to have a combination of intelligence, experience, & intellect to be able to take their life experiences & communicate those experiences to others in a way that makes the listeners see the wisdom & beauty in what […]

Death and Taxes: Letting go of Attachments

Mark Twain famously declared that “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.” He wasn’t original with this quote – apparently it goes back to Benjamin Franklin and possibly much earlier. So for a long time people have lamented, feared and railed against death and taxes. But those of us who are dedicated […]

Wanting something, and being willing to do what’s required to attain it, are two different things.

By Master Eric Sbarge If I ask, “Who wants good health, a clear and focused mind, a positive attitude, and a productive and peaceful lifestyle?” everyone’s hand goes up. But if I then ask who is willing to significantly change their eating habits, organize time in their day to meditate and exercise, cut ties with […]

The Science & Health Benefits Behind Tai Chi

Written By: Lao Shr B. Dale Saufley, certified teacher, The Peaceful Dragon  As a student who came to the martial arts kind of late in life, I am now a firm believer in the benefits of our system and approach. Even though my main focus has been in the internal arts of tai chi, pagua, yoga […]

Leading by Example

A Message from Mr. George The first thing about leadership is to lead by example. Mahatma Gandhi used to see hundreds of followers and answer their troublesome questions. These followers would line up for blocks in the hot sun, hoping that Gandhi’s wisdom would solve their problems. One mother took her son to see Gandhi. […]

You can’t win if you don’t play. And you can’t lose if you do.

By Master Eric Sbarge The great coach Vince Lombardi famously said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” And less famously I’ve said, “In life there are wieners and losers, and my dogs are wieners.” So what about winning – is it everything it’s cracked up to be? And if you’re not a winner, does […]