Friday, December 21, 2012

How to Achieve more in 2013

   Happy New Year everyone… There are two directions you can go this year. One is positive and the other is negative, so what is your choice. At the end of 2013 what way will you have chosen? You say positive…I thought so… or you would not even be reading this right now.

      The first step is always a definite chief aim at your goal. What level will you be at the end of the year? To start with we all need to know the goal setting dance. Which is - Know what you want, take action, daily habits towards your goal, be willing to do what’s necessary, with the attitude of gratitude and remember to enjoy the journey.

     When you know where it is you want to get to you will need a map to get you there. Anthony Robbins uses the acronym - M.A.P. which is a “massive action plan” 


    Your plan must include the goal of course, plus what you have to do to get it as well as things you need to do (like train 2-3 times a week) that can be broken down even further to 1% improvements everyday towards your goal. You cannot fail to reach your goal unless you quit. Everyone knows that winners never quit and quitters never win.
     As martial artists we must break our training down to four (4) 10 -12 week cycles throughout a training year. This puts a time limit on reaching our goal(s). You will be amazed at what you can achieve in this short time. The natural breaks your academy does on holidays allows the necessary time for your body to heal between cycles. When you break your large goal(s) into daily habits you choose to always take action over procrastination and being an eager student or instructor of life puts positive energy in to the growth of your academy.
      When your goals are… “out of sight then they are out of mind!”.  Write it down and keep it with you!   When I say I want to lose 20 pounds this year it seems like a lot but when I tell myself that it’s less than 2 lbs a month or a ½ of a pound a week, I know I can do that. When you look at your goal card daily it reminds you to just do 1% a day and you will be successful. 

   Have a Happy and Successful 2013!


Chris Rowe

Wednesday, December 12, 2012



Being a Master means first becoming a Master Student.  You must learn constantly or you will stop growing.  True master instructors are the ones who are consistently growing, changing and re-inventing themselves.

Mastery means regularly challenging your beliefs, questioning methods and adjusting accordingly to your approach in training Tae Kwon-Do

Mastery is working on mastering your own life.  This is simply laid out in Tae Kwon-Do, by mastering the Tenants; Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit.  Easily said, challenging to live by.

You are on the path; you are looking for ideas in which to improve yourself.  It is the very reason you are honoring our Academy by your presence.

The Academy is a place where the methods are questioned, and the process brought out into the light of day.  The master sleeps within you ready to be awakened!

Finally you have to let go of your ego!  Your ego will hold you back from walking the path to mastery.  Your ego is what says, "Yes I know that.  I have tried that it didn't work for me." It may not have worked a year ago but maybe now is the time?  We have a saying, it is not what I know it is what I do with what I know!  As students and teachers we can only share information.  It is up to you to take the Action!