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The Magic of Persistence at JMAC

Get in the Room with People Like That

Yoshihara Sensei - Ryushin Shouchi Ryu 

As you may know, I seek out great teachers, inspirers, high performers, charismatic people and motivators. Besides studying with some of the greatest martial artists of the 20th Century, I've read and listened to people like Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Deepak Chopra, Warren Buffett, and many, many more. These people have an incredible amount to offer, but there's something about the martial artists who have devoted their entire lives to learning, perfecting, and passing on profound secrets of the Japanese arts that resonates with me and many people I hang around with.
I think one reason the true masters of the martial arts convey a unique power is their integrity. To stay with a path that is composed of hard work, pain, humility and very little financial gain takes a special character. Even if that character isn't present at the start, it often emerges over the decades required to understand and internalize the principles of legitimate heritage martial arts. You have to be in it for its own sake. If you get a little money or fame doing it that's nice, but at its core the thing you love is the thing itself, and that shines through when it's true.

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The Magic of Persistence at JMAC

Training's Not So Different

Half of success is showing up. Half is working hard. And the third half is finding a way to track your progress to make sure you're moving toward your goals in meaningful ways. I put it that way for a reason...
If you just stick with your martial art long enough, you'll outstrip everybody who quits, everybody who dabbles, many of those who also stick with it, and a few of those who show up AND who work hard. But the truth is, very, very few people who train in martial arts - even those who do stay with it for two or three decades or more - truly set goals and take meaningful steps to track their progress. Those few who do (and who use the information to keep improving both their skills and their training methods) become the exceptional martial artists: the role models, the tournament champions, the teachers ... the bright lights that show us what's possible if we would only bring all of ourselves to what we do.

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The Magic of Persistance at JMAC

Sometimes just sticking with a thing is enough to separate yourself from the crowd.
If you've been in the traditional martial arts for any length of time, you've heard your teacher mention how many of the best aspects of training come only after years or decade of persistence.
Sometimes it's about sticking with what you're doing even for a few years, and then taking time to reflect on how far you've come.
I opened JMAC in 2006 because I couldn't find a dojo in the Midwest that offered world class judo and jujutsu. Two years later we were one of the notable dojos in Ann Arbor. We weren't intentionally competing with other martial arts schools, but by the end of 2009, two nearby schools had gone out of business, several had moved, and the array of clubs and informal martial arts groups had changed considerably. All we did was keep offering exceptional training and welcoming new students into our classes. Now, ten years later, we're an established program in our region with an extraordinary facility. We host 2-3 of the best system leaders from Japan each year and continue to grow and deepen our knowledge. The scene in our town has changed drastically and, in one sense, all we did was stick with what we love to do.

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Last chance to sign up for our Yahagi Sensei Seminar

Courtesy of Institute of Budo Studies. Register to train with Yahagi Sensei at JMAC.  This is your last chance to sign up.  Our seminar starts in just 2 days.  Click here now and sign up.  You don't want to miss it!

Inspired Series - Is It Time to Revisit Your Roots?

Inspired Series

Is it Time to Revisit Your Roots?
If you're struggling to get in for training or just feeling sluggish from too many cupcakes, maybe it's time to go back to the movies or books that helped you get started. If there's something that motivates you, I'd love to share it with the other readers. You never know, your inspiration may help take someone else to the next level.
Meanwhile, I can't wait to settle in and tee up Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata.
Until then, I'll see you on the mat!

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Yahagi Sensei at Ota Citizens Hall

Yahagi Sensei at Ota Citizens Hall April 19th, 2009. Filmed by Russ Ebert. Register to train with Yahagi Sensei at JMAC on March 31-April 2 here