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Life (And Business) Lessons I Learned from Martial Arts​
In a famous sequence from The Karate Kid, teenager Daniel LaRusso asks Mr. Miyagi to teach him karate. Much to Daniel's surprise, his first "lesson" was to wax his teacher's car. He was to apply the wax on in one direction, and then wipe it off in the other.

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Martial arts as a way of learning

Martial arts as a way of learning

In the Eastern paradigm of education, you do the application first and then the theory bubbles up. (In contrast, in the Western paradigm, the teacher first explains the theo...

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Use Your Opponent's Force Against Them

To defeat an armed opponent when you yourself have no weapon or only a small weapon, you use the attacker's force against himself or herself, instead of co...

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Mastery Takes Time and Practice

You can't move past the beginner level unless you first get good at the basics. You first have to practice the beginner moves 10,000 times or more.

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Bruce Lee's impressive life

  • He wasn't a master of any standard form of martial arts. He was closest in mastering Wing Chun.
  • He invented his own style of martial arts. He based his style on the teaching of Man and what he learned of Wing Chun. He called his style Jeet Kune Do "the style of no style"
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