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Your Daily Courage Encouragement

Yellow is the level of courage. In regards to a new student it takes courage to face many challenges of learning material, protocols, student names, disciplines and even push ups. Some quit in the face of these rigors while others muster courage to take on the difficulties, hard work ...

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Sometimes I Need to Be a White Belt

You have to give a lot of credit to our White Belts. They have had the vision and determination to try something new in life – something challenging both physically and mentally. It also puts their spirits to the test to learn a new self-discipline – all those bows and ...

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Martial Arts – Seeking Peace and Helping All in Need

White lotus code is "Martial Arts: I will be a warrior with compassion, seeking peace and helping all in need") Lets consider the second half of this code – 'seeking peace and helping all in need.' The first half of the code is the warrior's identity, but this ...

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Martial Arts – A Warrior With Compassion

The fifth White lotus code is "Martial Arts: I will be a warrior with compassion, seeking peace and helping all in need." A warrior is a fighter battling for a just cause. He or she fights to protect others or themselves from evil and harm. In our ...

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Courage – To Stand In The Light

The  fourth white lotus code is “Courage. I will stand in the light with all darkness around me.” “I will stand”: Standing means rooted in, prepared to do battle, to hold fast your position, to brace for what may come. “in the light”:  Light represents what is seen and therefore real and ...

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Honor – Standing With Your Convictions

The third white lotus code is “Honor. I will stand with the truth and my convictions.” Last month we talked about how telling the whole truth is part of true honor. This month we will talk about living by one’s convictions – when we do this it is called ...

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Honor – Standing with Truth

Our third white lotus code is "Honor. I will stand with the truth and my convictions." Honor puts the truth ahead of our wants and needs. We cannot lie. We serve the truth. Even what some call "white" lies or "little" lies that we may think are ...

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Love. The Greatest Thing.

More is said about love, more is written about love, and more is done in the name of love than anything I can think of. Our movies are frequently love stories. Our music sings about love. People do crazy things in the name of love. People get married for love. ...

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Evidence of Things Not Seen

With this blog I begin talking about the first of the five White Lotus codes – Faith. As sometimes I mention in class Faith is the first step of a person starting a new adventure in life – such as kung fu. You had to see in your mind’s eye ...

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The Wheel Keeps Turning!

My journey in martial arts is a wheel. Not a tire wheel or a hamster wheel, but a big people wheel. Though I started Judo at age 10, my first class in Pai Lum was around age of 24 back in 1986. For the next nine years I learned in ...

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