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Jun 08

Black Belt Extravaganza 2016

By Master Art Mason | News

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The day of our Black Belt Extravaganza is fast approaching! This is one of the most important days in a persons life because it symbolizes a long period of hard work, and a great accomplishment.

I am often asked how long does it take to get to Black Belt. I give out an average estimate time, but really there is not answer to the question. All I can do is give a minimum time frame. It is not a race, you are alone in a room full of people. This is only a person event.

I make my assistant Black Belt in about 3 years. But I training 6 days a week and several hours per day, plus I ran a school for my teacher. That was just part of my personal path. You cannot compare yourself to anyone else in the journey. Black Belt is a deeply personal thing. But one thing that is important is you love the journey. When grading time came for me I was elated! I knew I had the attention of the board, and it was pass or fail and it was me who decided. The board just agreed with what I did.

Master Scott and I will be watching this one Skype. We are both very excited to see this happen! Our best to all candidates as you prepare for the peak of you work to date. Now today set your goals beyond what is coming and ready yourself for more. This journey has no end, only stops along the path.

Master Art Mason

May 29

Awesome Testing!

By Master Art Mason | News

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I would like to take a moment and comment on what a great grading / testing was conducted yesterday at our school in Windsor. It was a small grading, but everyone worked very hard and just did a great job!

The Black Belt grading is fast approaching, and naturally this tends to get more attention. However this is the goal everyone is looking towards.There are many exciting things coming in our school over the next few months. In the post below this one, the Victoria Day Holiday post is a optin for our school newsletter and mailing list. Please consider signing up!

Again congratulations to all the successful graduates yesterday! Keep up the great work!

May 04

The “art” of Learning

By Master Art Mason | News

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There is an old Zen story of two monks walking through a village after a very heavy rain. As they are walking they see a beautiful woman standing on a corner looking to cross the road. She is wearing a beautiful long dress down to the ground. She is trying to cross the muddy road with all the water on it. The older monks walks over to her, picks her up and carries her across the road There he puts her down and rejoins the younger monk. As they are walking the younger monk is visibly upset, and so after time the older monk asks why….

The younger monk states, “we are monks, we are not allowed to touch a women, yet you picked this woman up and carried her. ” The older monk says, “yes this is correct.” The younger monk again, even more emphatically restates his opinion and concern. The monks is silent for a moment and then states. “yes I picked her up and helped her cross the road, but why are you still carrying her?”

This is how we all are at times, we dwell on things that are just not important. And this is the reason why so many people will “quit” training. “I am no good, I make too many mistakes.” We all makes mistakes, god knows how many I have made in my learning process and still do! There have been countless times I have messed something up on the floor, laughed and just did it again! We are not our mistakes, but they help us grow and learn. Without them, without all our errors, we would not develop and grow.

“The Art of Learning” is the “Art of Learning to Laugh”

, laugh at your mistakes, your screw-ups and even your victories.

Always remember, a Black Belt is just a White Belt who never quit.

May 03

Congratulations to Graders

By Master Art Mason | News

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I just wanted to take a moment and congratulate all the successful people who graded this past weekend for new belt ranks, and to those successful black belt who passed their pre-test exams.

Grading is such an important part of your training. At first it can make you very nervous, but over time the nerves change and become a positive energy to drive you to new levels! I remember many of my different tests and promotions. They are all part of a very exciting journey.

Black Belt grading weekend is fast approaching too. Check with your teachers to make sure you have everything in order. Also get you application papers in asap. It will be quite the exciting time!

Apr 22

Martial Arts and Ego’s

By Master Art Mason | News

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I have been in martial arts for a very long time now. 32 years this coming fall. It is my life, my path and my way. I have never gone around acting like a tough guy, bragging about fighting, or tournament wins (Yes I have had fights and many tournament wins) because it goes against what I stand for. Leading by example!

Recently I had a comment on one of my video on the school site. It is my son Master Curt doing red belt cane techniques. The “gentleman commented that I seemed to “have a good heart, but what I am teaching could get someone killed, so I better go back to learning something about martial arts.” This is a paraphrase. I replied and he apologized. Normally don’t bother, however this time I did. Why? Because the trend I see is someone will watch a 4 minute video, and because they are such “experts or masters” judge an entire system! If this was isolated I would not care, but I see this massive, envy / jealousy /egotism as a trend in our world in general.

No one has all the answers. I know I don’t. But if you go around with your ego sticking out someone is gonna call you out. If you are a martial artist lead by example. Show people why they should consider taking the martial path.

I know one martial arts teacher who brags his dojo is so tough he has a 95% dropout rate. All he is saying is he is a bad teacher and failure at running a school. The benefits of martial arts training come with time. You are supposed to reach students, not scare them away.

Apr 18

Always a White Belt

By Master Art Mason | News

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Do you live in your comfort zone? Most people do! When they think of leaving that zone they are hit by all kinds of anxiety and then return to their easy chair, which is not always easy. It seems today that more and more people are programmed for failure. Why try, it won’t happen anyways is the mantra.

But that is all wrong! The best parts of life comes when you are out of your comfort zone! This is one of the great benefits of training in the martial arts, you have to step out of your comfort zone and expand! Plus, a real martial artist knows he is never truly a master, always a student and accepts that life is about how many white belts you can wear!

I started martial arts training almost 32 years ago. Before that I QUIT EVERYTHING I did. But this was different. I was determined to succeed. Doing this made me realized how much I love the white belt experience. You can too! But how do you start? The first thing to look at, to get out of this comfort zone is your opinion of yourself. If this is bad, and I am sure it is, then you wont move. So here is a little help.

First read the book Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwelll Maltz. This will help you to look at yourself differently. This book is the foundation of all self improvement, as well as getting out of that comfort zone! Next take a look at Lee Milteers work, she is an amazing author and has a way of reaching you, looking at the world in a very positive way. Here books and motivational abilities will get you moving in the right direction, as long as you take action.

So am I talking with experience or am I talking out of my ass? Here are some of the things I have done out of my comfort zone.

  1. Joined a martial art school
  2. Testing in front of people
  3. Doing demonstrations in front of people
  4. Teaching, I was terrified of public speaking.
  5. Opened my own school despite being told I would fail
  6. Quitting a $32 an hour job at Chrysler to run a school full time
  7. Taking other arts and again becoming a beginner
  8. Traveling to teach
  9. Moving to Europe to open another school
  10. Learning a new language
  11. Writing and publishing books

There is more, but you get the point. Am I trying to impress you? No I am trying to impress UPON YOU that anything is possible. I am not an exception, and I should be the norm. Become a WHITE BELT IN LIFE.

Apr 15

Chat’s with Master Art

By Master Art Mason | News

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It has been a long while, but we can again say our school is growing! For the last few years we have had a rather serious transition period. But i can say with confidence all is well and we are again in a period of development and growth!

This being said Master Art is now doing a fireside chat style video series to update student and parents on what is happening with out school! There is some very exciting things happening!

Keep your eye on this site, and we will keep you up to date! See you in class!!!

 

Apr 13

The Peaceful Warriors’ Brașov Romania!

By Master Art Mason | News

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Great news everyone! Classes in Brașov will officially begin on Saturday May 14th at 11:00am at Studio C. There is lots more information coming in the next few days. The address of this awesome gym is located in our school information on this page. Watch here for more details!

https://www.facebook.com/peaceful.warriors.romania/

 

Below is some link information to the Brașov location. Also in the works for summer 2017 is a major Pressure Point Seminar to be held in Brasov. This will be open to all students, and other schools and martial art organizations interested in learning about the pressure point system called Kyusho Jitsu. There will be some fundraisers done in our school to help cover costs for students who wish to attend.

Talk to Master Rick as he will have more information soon!

 

Apr 09

Peaceful Warriors’ Demo Team 2010

By Master Art Mason | News

Here is a blast from the past. The Peaceful Warriors’ Demo Team at 1st Defense Martial Arts Tournament in May 2010. What a great performance they gave that day! How many of you seeing this were on this team? Do you miss it? Perhaps it is time to get back into the dojang and do some training!