Not sure what's cause, what's consequence. But being raised inside of a Dojo, I always felt that fortitude was the most important emotional skill someone could develop. Because fortitude is the skill of all skills. The thick skin that allows you to face difficulties, learn from them and emerge better. Which applies to anything in … Continue reading The Supreme Skill of Fortitude
The holidays break was a great opportunity to polish my manuscript and add some of my recent learnings in #muaythai and #bjj into the story. Feeling pretty good about how they mix with the main character’s #taichi and #daoism background and the frighteningly real advancements in #artificialintelligence and #neuroscience After the encouraging notes from the … Continue reading Is the book ready?
Given the warrior origins of all martial arts, it's natural that discussions often lan on what's more effective than what. Most of the times debating effectiveness on the streets or in big competitions like ufc as the ultimate ring. Natural, but likely shortsighted, if you look at this field as an ecosystem. In combat sports … Continue reading The best style of fighting
Who uses data and devices to improve their training? I’ve been using the #whoopstrap to monitor my performance. It’s interesting to see that the best indicator of a good day for me is how rested I am. Duh... but that isn’t totally related to the simple number of hours of sleep. It’s a combo. The … Continue reading Sports Data?
#taichi is a new thing for me. I’ve trained different styles of #kungfu including #wingchun plus #karate #boxing #BJJ and a bunch of other things, in my attempt to build my own version of #mma with a traditional martial arts spin. But then tried #taichi from #Wudang to understand how the character from my book … Continue reading What style of fighting do you practice?
Teaching, especially women, is my favorite experience in #martialarts . Not only because how rewarding it is to help girls know how to defend themselves, but also because it’s great to be around when they have what I call The Big AHA — when they realize that getting hit once or twice isn’t the end … Continue reading The joy of teaching women to fight
Writing is weird. You start, sometimes finish. Then finish again, and again and again... until you can’t do it anymore. Then you abandon it, hoping the world won't crucify you for your lack of stamina. Last night I finished this same story for the 5th time. There’s at least one more to go by myself, … Continue reading The end, restart
In my research for the next novel, I had the pleasure to meet Deng Ming Dao, author of this wonderful little book of stories used in the Daoist culture to explain, memorize and carry important ideas and values through time. Dumb me forgot to take a picture of us together. Nevertheless, the conversation was, I … Continue reading The Wisdom of the Dao
#Durga is a Hindu warrior #goddess, protective mother of the universe. She is one of the faith's most popular deities, a protector of all that is good and harmonious in the world. A special appearance of #Hinduism in a book inspired by #daoism - coming soon.
The mountains of Wudang, in China, are no doubt one of the most magical places I've been in my life. After a few days there, I came back full of inspiration for more vivid descriptions of the places where Yinyin was born and raised. Unfortunately, photos never captured that magic well, and video leaves some … Continue reading The Magic of Wudang