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Preparing Kids for the Job Market (Part 2)

Ability to make decisions and solve problems

Life requires balance. There are times when we must stand firm, rigid, and unyielding. When it comes to our values and guiding principles, these you can not budge on. Other times will allow for compromise.

Success relies on having a good understanding of this balance knowing when and what to fight or let go.


“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.

If nothing within you stays rigid,

outward things will disclose themselves.”

~Bruce Lee


Self-Defense and Decisions

When we execute a technique, relaxation is key at the start and we end with tension. You are in a dynamic state allowing for the shifting of stance, choice and position of technique. You have total flexibility.

Let’s teach our kids to

make good decisions!

A decision is made on the technique - say a punch - but can be modified up until the midpoint- moments before impact. This is the point of no return.

Your base foot grabs the mat gaining leverage. You start to tighten up first through your lower body then your trunk positioning yourself in line with the target.

There is no hunger. There is no fear. Every ounce of your body, especially your mind, becomes fully engaged for one purpose.

Once the midpoint is crossed, there is no turning back. You do not fall forward, but actively and with intention press into the earth in a seamless and beautiful transference of power.

The last thing to tighten is the hand through the rotation of the wrist striking with the two knuckles.

Even up until the moment that you touch the target, you have some options.

1. ) Change your target position.

If a target opens up, adaptations can be made to your original plan.

2.) Change your technique.

An example of this is range. If your opponent is within striking distance of a reverse elbow and widens the gap, you may extend the arm using a chop and Vice Versa.

If your opponent moves in, you can shorten the technique to an elbow.

Shorten/lengthen follow through.

If your opponent retreats, you can lengthen the technique to reach, and likewise, if your partner moves in, you can shorten the technique as to avoid hitting your sparring partner too hard.

The real world application to this is that life will throw you curveballs, and you must be able to adapt.

Tunnel vision can help,

but it can hinder when you’re not able to prioritize

the steering of change in a new direction.

You should be totally committed while still being flexible up until the moment of absolute execution.

However, when the commitment is made, you dig in and follow through with 100% certainty. In other words, you must be flexible while also being able to make a decision sticking with it.

Be Decisive. No Waffling.

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