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  • Growth

    Growth
    is the fifth human need and is considered a spiritual need. Not from a religious aspect, but from a fulfillment aspect. Tony Robbins has a simple saying “Progress equals Happiness”. When we are growing or making progress we have a sense of fulfillment. When we are stagnant and feel like we are not moving forward we have feelings of frustration and we may feel like our life has no meaning. Growth is also a law of nature. In nature all living things are either growing or dying. Jim Rohn asks the question “How tall will a tree grow?” The answer is as tall as it can. It will shoot it’s roots down as deep as it can, it will stretch it’s ....

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  • Certainty

    Mentally / emotionally there are 6 basic human needs we all need to meet. Certainty, uncertainty, significance, love or connection, growth and contribution. The first four are our primal needs, the last two our spiritual needs. People find ways to meet these needs in positive, negative or neutral ways, but everyone finds ways to meet them. Over the next several weeks we will explore each one.

    Certainty
    is having the feeling of stability in our life. We all need to feel certain about our ability to have food, clothing and shelter. Sometimes it’s our faith or positive outlook on life.

    Think about the positive actions or memories that give the feeling of ....

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  • Self Control

    Stephen Covey, author of the best seller and a great book “The seven habits of highly successful people”, says that a huge difference between humans and animals is that in between a stimulus and the response we have the freedom to choose. I believe self-control is when we exercise that freedom.
    Many people think of self-control as physical and mental. Although when we really look at it, all self-control is mental. It’s our thoughts and decisions that drive our actions. Part of this is impulse control. I remember as a child I would have a thought and act on it without thinking about consequences. I work with many children who have the same challenge. ....

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  • Confidence

    As a martial artist that performed at many tournaments and demos I can tell you that confidence in your performance directly affects your outcome. This is especially true when you're performing on your own. You can mess up terribly and if you do it with confidence many people won't even know. I was at a tournament one time as a blue belt in front of 5 judges and there was a tie for 1st and 2nd place. I was always told that if you are breaking a tie it's better to do a different form than the one you just performed. I decided to do the green belt kata. I had learned it early from watching other people and practicing it. However I found myself facing the wrong way halfway through the ....

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  • Positive vs. Negative

    We’ve reviewed the 6 human needs; certainty, variety, significance, love & connection, growth and contribution. It’s important to understand that consciously or unconsciously we will strive to meet these needs. One of our goals should be to make sure we are proactively working towards meeting these needs in a positive way. One of the most empowering exercises I did at the Tony Robbins seminar was to write out all the positive ways and negative ways I was meeting these needs. It helped me identify some bad habits and some habits I can replace them with. I also realized where I had gaps in my needs and made decisions to fill them in. Our habits are like a garden. Like ....

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  • Benefits of Martial Arts

    This morning while talking with one of the Krav-Fit students I was reminded of how martial arts has had such a profound Impact on my life. In 1990-91 I was living a very sedentary lifestyle. I was working a lot of hours, not taking care of myself physically and my eating habits were very bad. I had started my martial arts training in 1989, but due to a move to Utica, I had stopped and hadn’t returned to the dojo since coming back to Syracuse. One morning I stepped on the scale, which I had every several weeks as I watched my weight continuing to increase, and it read 205 lbs., 35 lbs. heavier than when I started my martial arts training. I decided it was time to do something. I ....

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  • Love and Connection


    Love and connection are two very powerful human needs. People will do many things to avoid loss of love. When babies are born one of the things they need most is the feeling of love from their mother. Love and touch actually cause your child's brain to grow, according to Marian Diamond, a neuroscientist at the University of California. Peer pressures are an extremely powerful force at any age. Think of all the things that are done so we can stay in favor with our peers. If we are around the right peer group, this can be very empowering and help us to succeed at high levels in work, school or in social circles. However, if we are trying to stay connected to the wrong group, ....

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  • Significance

    Significance
    is the third human need. We all have a need to feel important, that in some way we matter. If we don’t meet this need we may feel empty inside. To me, knowing I am making a positive difference in peoples lives, feeds my need for significance. Everyone has different ways to meet that need. It may be what is in your bank account, the house you live in, kind of car you drive. You may receive it through career/academic activities and accomplishments. I receive significance from those things as well. However, I have found that material possessions, although nice, have lost their ability to fuel my need for significance over the years. Knowing what makes ....

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  • Goals

    A goal is no more than a dream with a deadline. If you did the dreams list last week the next phase is to decide what is realistic and motivating for you from that list. If you didn’t do it, take some time to write out a list of things you would do, be or have if anything where possible. Organize your dreams into the most realistic in a few different categories. For example, family & relationships, health & fitness, business & career, finance and self-development. Once you’ve done that put a number next to the goal, 1-3-5-10+. The number represents how many years it may take to achieve the goal. It’s important to have long and short term goals. The ....

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  • Creating your dreams


    Now that we have our victories list, next is a dreams or future accomplishments list. All of our accomplishments start first with a dream. Some may be huge and elaborate. Some may be a quick thought of what we need to get done. Regardless of which it is or something in between all physical reality starts in our mind. Why not make it a grand visualization to help increase the quality of the life we live? If you could do anything you wanted. If money wasn't an obstacle, you had unlimited resources, knew anyone you needed to know, had any ability you needed to have and all the time to make it happen, what would you do? Who would you spend time with? What cause would you take up? ....

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  • Victory

    I love the start of the new year. In our culture it signifies a new beginning. Many people start the year with New Years resolutions. Well meaning thoughts of how they can make this year different than the last. The challenge is creating lasting change. Some estimates show that over 40% of Americans make New Years resolutions, although a study from the University of Scranton suggests that only 8% achieve their New Years goals. For many years I have tried to live my life by design. Over the next several weeks I will layout my system to see that I have the best ability to achieve the goals I set for myself. My concepts come from many different mentors. Some I have known ....

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  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

    ~ Live your life by design ~

    It’s fitting that while I wrote this I was in Disney World staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The first time I visited Disney World after the Grand Floridian was built I remember thinking to myself that I was going to stay there someday. When I first started teaching Martial Arts professionally I would tell my master instructor that I was going to open my own school someday, 9 years before it happened. Whenever my mother would ask me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas I would tell her a BMW. I had my first one in 2005. With the opening of the new dojo I have seen yet another HUGE goal accomplished. In the 1993 I ....

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  • I can't teach you, you can only learn.

    I've known Kyoshi Thomas Clifford for many years and he has always impressed me with his skills, understanding and philosophy. I don't remember which of his teachers told him the quote he recently shared with me, but it really was deep. "I can't teach you, you can only learn." As an instructor we share knowledge of martial arts everyday. We point out details of moves and give reminders of how to do things correctly. We ask questions to keep students engaged in conversations with the hope they will understand what we want them to. However... We can't teach someone to do a proper sidekick, they can only learn. We can't teach them how to get out of a hold, they can only learn how to ....

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  • Polite Greetings

    I remember when I was a teenager, my sister brought her boyfriend home. Later he became my brother in law, and still is. I remember he came up to me and introduced himself, I gave him a wimpy handshake. He looked at me and said "That's not how you shake a hand, this is how you shake a hand." I'm not sure why, but it left a lasting impression on me. The ability to look someone in the eye, give them a firm hand shake and talk to them with a confident voice is very important. My brother in law taught me that as a young teenager, and I try and bring the same lesson to all our students. I personally like that physical connection of a good handshake when I say hello to someone. To me it ....

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  • Being a Good Finder

    Being a good finder is as simple as finding the good in every person or situation. There is a difference between something that is simple and something that is easy. I did say it’s as “simple” as finding good. Someone that has the habit of looking for the good will always be happier with themselves, the people around them and their situations in life. Why? Because they find the good. The opposite is true for someone who has the frame of reference to find the negative in everything. I find that there is enough negative energy in the world without looking for more. Regardless of if you look for positive or negatives, it is a habit. The good news is ....

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  • Martial arts begins and ends with Respect

    What is the very first thing we do when we enter the dojo? We take time to show a perfect bow. Why do we bow when we enter the dojo? .... It’s a sign of respect and appreciation for what we are about to learn that day. What do we do when we enter and exit the mats? We take time to show a perfect bow. Why do we bow at the mats? … It’s a sign of respect for our training area. We are fortunate to have nice mats, that are swept, mopped and disinfected everyday. Mirrors on the walls to check form and many targets to enhance our training. Bowing in the martial arts is mainly thought of as a sign of respect and appreciation for our training partners and ....

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  • QT - Quick Takeoff

    In our school we talk about having QT or quick takeoff. There are many reasons for this inside the classroom. Some of the most important are eliminating downtime, showing that you are an eager student and feeding the energy in the classroom. In life think about how the concept of quick take off may apply. It might be that you have a project that needs be done. The project may be for work, school or something around the house, even as mundane as daily or weekly chores. Quick take off could mean that you get to the task quickly without putting it off. It may mean that while doing the task you do it quickly and correctly without dawdling or daydreaming. It might mean moving from ....

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  • Remain calm and get in a better position.

    On my Facebook feed this morning, I had a post from a few years ago appear. That morning I had been training with Shihan Andrello in Jiu-Jitsu. He had been reminding us that anytime you try for a submission you may be putting yourself in a bad position. You risk losing the controlling position you just had. He was also reminding us that when you find yourself in a bad position to remain calm and look for the opportunity to change your position. When you remain calm and look for opportunity, you'll tend to find one. When you remain in the struggle of forcing a better position, you tire yourself out and find yourself in a worse position. I remember thinking to myself how ....

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  • 2020 Vision


    This past weekend I had the good fortune to be around some of the top martial artist I know. There was a lot of great sharing on every aspect of the martial arts. A friend and excellent martial artist, Kyoshi Tom Clifford, was talking about 2020 vision. Of course he was talking about wether you have a clear vision about where you want to be in the year 2020. It was interesting that as he asked the room I was able to open up my file that I have on my goals and have right in front of me my vision. Within moments I was able to raise my hand and say several things I had on my list, most of which I didn't need my list for. Out of the rest of the room only a few other people ....

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  • Commitment and Sacrifice


    ...go hand in hand.
    This is an important concept to understand. If you are going to be truly committed then you have to be willing to make sacrifices. The sacrifices come in all shapes and sizes. It may be the sacrifice or time, money, delayed gratification or doing something you don’t want to do instead of doing something you do want to do. There are times when someone says they are committed at the outset of a project or goal, but when the time comes to have the discipline to make the sacrifice they falter. Do you find yourself falling into the trap of not following through? I’m sure we can all think of times that we have. Here are three things that will help ....

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  • We are a Black Belt School...


    ...we are motivated, we are dedicated, we are on a quest to be our best. This is a common chant in many martial arts schools. What does it mean to be a black belt school? As an instructor, it means giving our best to every class, teaching each class as if it's the most important class that we will ever teach. Helping the students to grow physically through learning the forms, understanding the concepts behind self defense, having the reactions to defend themselves and the strength, coordination and conditioning to do so as well. As a student, to continue to learn and grow mentally and emotionally. I read once in a book a great quote from Sifu Francis Fong. "You may ....

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  • Shoe Rack Theory


    In the martial arts there is a concept called the "Shoe Rack Theory". When we enter the dojo we put our shoes neatly in the shoe rack and leave all of our life challenges behind. We come to the dojo and focus on what we are learning in class without outside distractions. When we do this, we will find that when we leave we are in a much better frame of mind to deal with the daily challenges that life will bring. Secondly taking the few moments to have the discipline to put something away where it belongs builds our discipline in other areas of our lives. It also helps to enforce one of our maxims: "We are the cleanest place in town"
    Would you like to belong to a messy ....

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  • Habits we train...are habits we gain!

    I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great men. And, alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine. Plus, the intelligence ....

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  • Polite Greetings

    I remember when I was a teenager, my sister brought her boyfriend home. Later he became my brother in law, and still is. I remember he came up to me and introduced himself, I gave him a wimpy handshake. He looked at me and said "That's not how you shake a hand, this is how you shake a hand." I'm not sure why, but it left a lasting impression on. The ability to look someone in the eye, give them a firm hand shake and talk to them with a confident voice is very important. My brother in law taught me that as a young teenager, and I try and bring the same lesson to all our students. I personally like that physical connection of a good handshake when I say hello to someone. To me it ....

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  • What is a Kohai?

    A Kohai is an eager student, say eager student. Every Black Belt starts off as a Kohai, an eager student. They make sure they complete the required amount of classes and make up any missed classes. They train hard when they are in class and show good focus. They practice their curriculum inside and outside of the dojo. They are always working on making their body and mind stronger. Most importantly they show the respect of a Martial Artist inside and outside of the dojo. ....

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  • Action Plan



    We’ve talked about victories, dreams, goals and hopefully you’ve chosen an empowering goal or check point to reach by March 31 st , 2016. Next is your Action Plan.

    Write out all the steps you need to take to realize your goal. What types of things do you need to do? Are there people you need to contact? What resources do you need to make available? How are you going to hold yourself accountable? Do you have a way to measure your progress on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis? The more you measure it, the more you can manage it.

    Once you have your action plan written out, organize it. Put the things you need to do first at the top of the list and do something ....

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  • Goals List

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

    ~ Goals ~

    A goal is no more than a dream with a deadline.
    If you did the dreams list last week the next phase is to decide what is realistic and motivating for you from that list. If you didn’t do it, take some time to write out a list of things you would do, be or have if anything where possible. Organize your dreams into the most realistic in a few different categories. For example, family & relationships, health & fitness, business & career, finance and self-development. Once you’ve done that put a number next to the goal, 1-3-5-10+. The number represents how many years it may take to achieve the goal. It’s ....

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  • Dreams list

    Now that we have our victories list, next is a dreams or future accomplishments list. All of our accomplishments start first with a dream. Some may be huge and elaborate. Some may be a quick thought of what we need to get done. Regardless of which it is or something in between all physical reality starts in our mind. Why not make it a grand visualization to help increase the quality of the life we live? If you could do anything you wanted. If money wasn't an obstacle, you had unlimited resources, knew anyone you needed to know, had any ability you needed to have and all the time to make it happen, what would you do? Who would you spend time with? What cause would you take up? Would you ....

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  • Seiza 1-2-3

    Seiza is literally translated as proper sitting. In our dojo we have 3 modifications we use in different situations. Seiza #1 - The most common Seiza you’ll see in the dojo. We use this during demonstration and mat chats so that everyone can hear and see what is going on. This is performed by kneeling on one knee, placing your other foot flat on the ground and keeping strong body posture without sitting on the heel of your foot Seiza #2 - Traditionally known as Agura, it is simply sitting cross-legged. You’ll see this before or at the end of class when an instructor is having a casual conversation with a group of students Seiza #3 - This is the traditional ....

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  • Celebrating 13 years of Success

    Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!
    12/02/2002 was the first day I held classes in Manlius. On that day I had 16 3x3 mats pieced together. No graphics on the walls. 16 students pre enrolled to take classes and class sizes were 1-4 people in class. I ran three classes a night and it was just me. I wish I had pictures of those first few weeks of classes. 13 years later we have 180+ students visiting the dojo weekly. Class sizes that sometimes are 30-40 students deep, 3rd degree black belts that started with me 13 years ago and 4th degree black belts that transferred over from other schools. I have a staff of 6 people between floor and front desk and many more students that are part of the ....

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  • Principles and Mission Statement


    History Of IMPACT MARTIAL ARTS
    Our system began as a traditional Tracy Kenpo Karate system. Over years of development, some katas were changed, taken out and some were added from other systems such as Tae Kwon Do and Hung Gar kung fu. The influence of Tae kwon Do improved the kicking skills and athleticism of our students tremendously. In time, we changed from the point sparring concepts of the sport based karate systems to American Kickboxing. This was a more self defense based approach. This further evolved into a heavy influence from Muay Thai Kickboxing, which is considered by many to be the most effective striking art in the world today. Much of our hands on self defense evolved ....

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