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Grasshopper, Be Like A Tree

The sixth color code is Green: “Persistence.” Like a green plant or tree, one does not visually see them grow from day to day, but over weeks, months and years their continuous, persistent effort to reach the sky is evident. In our kung fu classes we have a similar ideal ...

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Love Me, Love Them Not

My son Callen is at a great age and place – he says on his own frequently through the day, “I love you Papa!” “I love you Mama!” Now I know he really loves us, but I’m a bit suspicious when he eyes my candy bar in my ...

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Respect Them? What If I Hate Them?

Purple is the level of respect. Once one has learned honor (respect for oneself) from the orange level then one can give honor/respect to others from the heart. While the outward discipline and practice can help shape the heart, eventually we want the heart leading the outward behavior. ...

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A Code for Living

Orange is the level of honor. What do we mean when we say someone has “honor”? In the ancient days, samurai warriors were considered to have honor because they lived by a code. That code might be to do whatever their lord tells them and if they failed then ...

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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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