martial arts

Episode 18: Martial Arts As a Process To Self-Understanding

In this episode of the Martial Art of Self, we are looking at martial arts as a path to self-understanding. Here I share a story of how I used to see martial arts in my life. I was obsessed with perfection and wanting to excel for the wrong reasons. The training turned more into stress…

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Self-Movement in Martial Arts is Independent of Mood

📺 Watch ”Self-Movement in Martial Arts is Independent of Moods.” Basically, we all know a mood can make or break our day. When we are in good moods we are motivated, and we are full of energy. We are naturally motivated and driven to train and end up training or something else.  In bad moods…

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Does Martial Arts Build Character or Ego?

📺 Watch the video ”Does Martial Arts Build Character or Ego.” Hi, everyone Aldin here today. I wanted to look at a point of asking the question: Does martial arts build character or does it grow my ego?  I’ve been looking at that question from the following perspective: If I look back in my childhood…

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Episode 17: Doing Martial Arts Out of Fear

In this episode of the Martial Art of Self, we discuss the transformation of our motivation for doing our martial arts so that it is no longer rooted in fear. When we do something, like our training, out of fear, and we practice individual skills out of a fear-based reason, we are only feeding into…

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When Feelings and Emotions Fail as Motivators

This blog post is part of the Podcast Episode 1: Exercise, Willpower & Self-Principle. Emotions & feelings as motivators During one of my training sessions, I have discovered and come to understand more clearly than ever before how energy, meaning our emotions and feelings, will always fail as a point of motivation in the long…

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Episode 16: Being Militant & Lacking Flexibility to Adapt

In this episode of the Martial Art of Self, we discuss a pattern of being too militant in our training, or life in general.  For me, I discovered how this militant approach towards my martial arts training, as well as to other parts of my life often lead me to burn out, and losing interest,…

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Episode 15: Chasing Positive Feelings

In this episode of the Martial Art of Self, we continue exploring some further dimensions of the Martial Arts personality. In particular, we open up and discuss the pattern of chasing positive feelings through our art, or whatever it is we are doing.  More often than not we are trying to generate some powerful positive…

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Episode 14: Body-Respect & Body-Care

In this episode of the Martial Art of Self, we look at some dimensions of body-respect and body-care. It has become mainstream to drive our bodies to the limit in an unnatural, and harmful pace, and way. Unfortunately, we mostly treat our body as a driving vessel for our self-interest, our desires, wants, and needs…

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Episode 13: Identify & Remove Self-Limitations

In this episode of the Martial Art of Self, we discuss self-limitations. We talk about ways we limit ourselves by imposing certain thoughts, feelings, and emotions onto who we are, and the things we do. Once we accept a belief as truth inside ourselves, it becomes a conviction in our mind. From that conviction, we…

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The Martial Arts Personality, Part 1

(Find the podcast episode of this blog post here.) Recently I have observed how I have come to define myself mainly based on the practice of martial arts, and being a martial artist. Martial Arts became my world. I made it the centerpiece of my world. All my thoughts, imaginations and daydreams would be about…

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