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Sometimes we see someone who is far above the norm in athletic or martial arts endeavor, someone who is more fit, maybe, than most, or more successful, or maybe more kick-ass in whatever he or she attempts. It's always easy for the rest of us to rationalize what elevated that person to the top of the competitive chain. Oh, yeah, it's genetics, look at that physique. Oh, she's a health nut, always dieting, spends all her spare time in the gym. He's probably using steroids. She's really lucky cause her mother used to take her to all the meets, etc, etc.
But is there really some catch to those super achievers' successes? Yes, I think maybe there is. Let's look at the word CATCH more…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on December 18, 2014 at 4:49pm
6,000 hours is the amount of time my student John has spent flying planes of different types, from props (1 and 2 engine) to jets. He has spent 200 hours in the Grumman Mallard pictured above.
Saturday all that cockpit time paid off.
We were going to fly to Death Valley to spend the weekend and John wanted to take his beloved Mallard. It was stormy, crosswinds 27 mph gusting to 40. The takeoff and climb out was the roughest I’ve ever experienced. Turning to the east we were hitting some sickening down drafts and up drafts, but I knew once we cleared the Pine Nut Range it would settle down. Which was a good thing as I didn’t think we would be able to go back and land in this worsening weather.
The words, “I don’t like the looks of that.” snapped my attention to John who…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on November 26, 2014 at 2:30pm
Goju-Shorei attracts people of great talent in many different areas. I recently posted a video of Dani Carroll and now here is Skip Ewing. Both people wrote the songs (plus hundreds more) that are featured in these videos.
Posted by Dave McNeill on November 18, 2014 at 3:11pm
This episode of Nashville Unleashed features Dani Carroll Kooyman at the 20 minute mark and a bit at the end. Dani (the wife of Goju-Shorei Karate Director Master Larry Kooyman) is a Black Belt in TKD and Goju-Shorei Weapons System as well as the Ultimate Black Belt Test.
Her martial and musical skills are at the elite…
Posted by Dave McNeill on November 14, 2014 at 5:30pm
I sat on a 2 day test board last weekend at Evolution Marital Arts Academy in Sparks, Nevada, and was impressed by the depth of
But I have certainly seen the exact opposite. Which brings up the following:
If you played a musical instrument, and you had committed to giving a recital, would you practice your butt off before walking out on the stage?
If you were invited to give a speech to a civics group, would you rehearse a lot – a hell of a lot – before stepping up to the podium?
If you were a college student and mid-terms were looming would you burn the midnight oil?
In these three cases I assume the answer would be a…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on October 16, 2014 at 1:30pm
During cane class Tuesday I taped marbles to the bottoms of the feet of 4 people, and I taped three of their fingers down. Now they were roughly at the mobility level of Nicky (fourth from left) who has Cerebral Palsy. An hour of walking on marbles, swinging a cane and defending themselves gave a nano second experience of what Nicky goes through daily.
Nicky is a long standing Black Belt with West Coast Martial Arts, Gardnerville, Nevada. She earned her rank with the aid, suggestions and support of her instructors as they collectively adjusted and adapted all of the curriculum requirements.
Her belt does mean something. It means she didn't quit, it means she figured out how to make things work, it means her school and instructors did not…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on September 4, 2014 at 2:00pm