Sensei Fariborz Blog

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​LETTER TO BLACK BELT GRADUATES

“The Black Belt exam is a powerful, life-defining experience that gets to the heart of the matter. It is my opportunity to alter my capacities to accomplish, and to stand powerfully as the gift that I am and the difference that I make.” Dear Student, Congratulations on achieving your 1st...

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​A THOUGHTLESS MISTAKE

It was a crisp, summer morning. I drove my son to school as always, chatting about what lessons he had planned for the day and catching up with him about his life and his emotions; something I felt was of importance to embrace the bond between us. As we arrived at the school, there was a line...

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​DEAR MOM / DAD

Thank you for signing me up at TKC. I love studying and practicing martial arts. Now I confess, sometimes I might say that I want to quit, but what I really mean is that I need your help to get refocused. I love what I'm learning and I know it's good for me. Don’t let me quit. Oh, and please...

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​I REMEMBER BEING A WHITE BELT

I tried on my first belt - a white belt - when I was sixteen years old at Steve Sexton's Hapkido school in Canoga Park, CA. At the time, I worked at a local restaurant as a busboy to pay for my own lessons; thankfully I had some cash left over to buy a uniform and the belt came with it. On the...

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​MY EXPERIENCE WITH EXCELLENCE

What an awesome experience today training with Rigan Machado and having the honor of Chuck Liddell as my partner. Here are a few lessons from this experience: 1) There was something so incredible about Chuck’s work ethic that really affected me today. No wonder he’s the champion. I remember...

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​GETTING AWAY WITH IT

A couple of weeks ago, a father of two of my junior students interrupted me during the middle of my class to discuss a couple of things on his mind. I stopped the class and walked towards him to see what he wanted. "What is this thing with the Success Journals?” he aggressively asked. “Why do...

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​AN ANIMAL INSTINCT

It was 1972. George, a young English scientist working as a biologist for a pharmaceutical company, was traveling through Africa for an assignment. During one of his longer stays in a small village, he attracted a small monkey, who kept appearing and wanting to play with him. George soon named...

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​PRACTICE

PRACTICE Practice makes perfect. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes improvements and improvements lead to excellence! Just practice! The Value of Practice The following story...

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​OUR VERSIONS

It is such an amazing asset to understand how people have their own versions and perspectives of everything. I experience this daily with my family, my students and their parents. At the last Black Belt qualification exam, I had a difficult time making students understand that there is only one...

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​TRANSFORMATION DOES NOT TOLERATE MEDIOCRITY...

I remember the first time my eyes gazed upon this statement. I was in a room with 200 other people at 7:30am, breathlessly awaiting the arrival of our coach to enlighten us with the truth. I recall sitting on my seat having all sorts of mental conversations with myself. Thoughts were coming to...

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