Happiness as a Choice

Don’t lose all fear, nor pain. Emotions should be part of what fuels you. I believe we do have a choice on what we want to focus on – happiness for example is something that everyone wants more of in their life!

High expectations are something that I struggle with. At times, I’m aware that I get disappointed in myself or other people because I have a perceived expectation in mind already. I don’t set my expectations aside, nor lower them by any means, but I try not to categorize them as good or bad.

When I have an off day (it doesn’t come very often) I try my best to pin point the emotion and figure out what it is that’s really tugging at me. Then, simply fix it! Its definitely easier said than done, however emotions are manageable. Too much of anything could be damaging.

Really, just be who are and know what you are capable of. Push yourself to the limits, because you don’t know how far you can go until you try. The mind is more powerful than we perceive it to be. 😉


GTFO … of Your Comfort Zone

For the most part, I try my best to improve in something everyday. But lately I’ve been struggling a lot with being content in my personal life. I don’t necessarily like it, yet I still try my best to embrace and ignite change. Because a spark can easily turn into a flame.

Something I’ve been trying to level up on for the past year is sparring. I’ve always been more comfortable in performing Katas. A few weeks ago, I was asked by members from UC Merced to help judge their tournament. When the time came for the sparring division, they were short on competitors. Now, I definitely wasn’t in the best shape for sparring, since I haven’t practiced in a few weeks. However this was a perfect opportunity to get some more experience with different fighters. I was extremely nervous, but kept telling myself that this was the only way to improve. I needed to step out of my comfort zone.

So…I jumped in, did my best, and lost 2-3. I’m glad I found the courage to compete (thanks to my friends who comforted me & pushed me), since I wasn’t expecting to win (otherwise I wouldn’t have done it) but to face a fear, and ultimately step out of my comfort zone. Here are a couple pics. Oh boy do I need to train harder than ever! 2 more months until the next tournament. I’ll be more prepared, and hopefully, it will show! 🙂

Fight on, everyone!


Edit: Teehee I look like a vampiyaa with that mouth guard! :p


I’ve been feeling meh recently about training, but I’d like to share this quote that usually makes me get to my feet :p.

Training is important to me, whether its physically, or mentally. I tell myself when I practice a kick, a punch, or a drum rudiment that even practicing it one more time will make a difference in the long run. It is one more kick that you’ve practice/one more beat that you’ve gotten familiar with.

There’s really no time to be lazy in this life. Sure, take an extra rest day, but be damn sure to train extra hard when you start up again! 🙂

Extract of a Strength (Bassai Dai)

I participated in a Shotokan workshop a few weekends ago hosted by The Martial Arts Club at UC Merced and instructed by Maivian Le. It was humbling, insightful, and ultimately, fun! Makes me want to train in a dojo again (which I will once I’m finished saving up).

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”

“I fear not the man who has practice 10,000 kicks once, but fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

When I train, I usually take my time learning about each movement. Every strike has a purpose, and once you understand what that purpose is, continue to practice it over, and over again.

More importantly, I’ve learned to move and strike with your core. I take this in a literal sense, as well as a philosophical sense.

Power comes from the core. When you drive your strikes from the center, you generate more energy, and more power. This is similar to your spirit. When you drive your actions from the heart, it has meaning, and a personal purpose from you; making your purpose in life something tangable. Building character is one in the same.

Train both the mind and the body, and always strive to improve.

Maivian Le performing Bassai Dai

Practicing stances. In Shotokan, the back leg is slightly bent in a forward stance!

Bassai Dai – Arm Lock

I’m looking forward to the next one 😉 Until then, train hard, friends!

I Won’t Fall

“You shout it loud, but I can’t hear a word you say
I’m talking loud, not saying much I’m criticized
But all your bullets ricochet you shoot me down
But I get up, I’m bulletproof
Nothing to lose fire away
I am titanium

I’m sure you’ve heard this song on the radio so many times. But sometimes with all the boom kack-ing, and electronic-blastin’, we supplement for soul/lyrics of a song. I really enjoyed this raw version of David Guetta’s Titanium, covered by Madalyn Bailey.

Stay strong my friends, enjoy!