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 […]

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 […]

Practice and Precision

A Message from Mr. George It seems like some kids are naturally fast, and some kids are just slow. In martial arts we practice “fast” to show power and precision; we also practice “slow” to show balance and control. Those are naturally slower can still practice to increase their speed, but it will take time […]

Less is More, Except When it’s Not

By Master Eric Sbarge Last month I wrote about the tai chi concept of “investing in loss” and discussed the importance of learning how to give up in order to gain. Now I want to address the idea of less being more, especially as it pertains to our martial arts and yoga. Yes, we do […]

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 […]