Put on Your Sunday Best! Do This and Opportunity will Come Knocking

Welcome to March!  Before we get into the blog: Please mark your calendars for Community Day and Lunch coming up April 6th. (Reserve your meal here!) If you are a local business owner, we’d LOVE to showcase you!  Our favorite way to share with sponsors is through bartering for a good or service you offer in exchange for shouting out about your company from all of our rooftops!  If you’d like to chat about this opportunity with us,  check out the Community Day Sponsor Flyer and then contact us here.

Now, here on Budo Mountain, we’re turning our focus to observe how the water element gets its strength from being flexible and fluid, and we’re kicking it off with this week’s theme: “You Have Options!”

If there’s something I always wish I knew a bit sooner, it is that I am never stuck in mediocrity.  If I’m not feeling really satisfied in my life, there is a reason.  If I’m feeling down or unhappy a lot, there is a reason, there is a cause – which means things can change.

Are you waiting for the catch?  Read on…

The catch is that the change must follow the timeless advice laid out by Reinhold Niebuhr in the serenity prayer:

“God [insert higher consciousness of choice], grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference”

Let’s take a sec to break down this travel size guide to serenity:

Step 2: Yes, the prayer begins with its second step.  If you can’t change a crap situation, STOP TRYING.  This reminds me of an equally kick ass quote by the equally timeless Coco Chanel.  She said, “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

There are some strokes of luck you just can’t dwell on: Some situations we are just born into, some bad decisions we made that led to outcomes we can’t change, and some punches that we just didn’t dodge in time.  The problem really isn’t any of those things.  It’s that we are not brave enough to face the pain they’ve caused us so we can actually heal from it and move on.

This moves us quickly to Step 3:  “Okay, I see this is a WALL.  Now, let me keep going until I find a door.”  Once we really allow ourselves to grieve the things we could not change, we are finally opened up to bringing the things that are really good for us into our lives.  The door metaphor is so perfect here.  It’s like, once we become a door ourselves, we start to recognize the other doors all around us.

And Step 1, of course, is having the wisdom to discern a door from a wall.  Cool.  Wisdom.  How do I get me some of that?  Okay, here’s my two sense:  Yes, a great deal of this wisdom comes from experience.  But there is also something to be said for learning from other people’s mistakes journeys!  Don’t discount what you can learn from reading the memoirs and self help books of people who’ve been through the muck and risen above it.  Just like water, it helps to keep an open mind and learn from multiple sources as we hone our wall/door-o-meters.

What about you?

How do you know if something is a potential door that just needs a little more time or energy, or if it’s clearly a wall for you and time to move on?

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This week in the dojo, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to hone this decision making skill in a concrete way, though trying out these techniques:

Martial Arts
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Ukemi Zenpo Kaiten Zenpo Ukemi
Technique 1 Shuto and Sokuyaku Ken from Kamae Set 1
Technique 2 Jodan Uke Drills Zenpo Taisabaki
Technique 3 Sui no Kata


  • Standing full twists
  • Tornado Kicks
  • Cartwheels
  • 360 vault
  • Roll, Jump, Stride Rotations

And starting next week, yoga is back!!  No matter your child’s membership level, they can try out a free yoga class on Monday, March 11th from 4-5 pm!  Just contact us to sign up.

Thanks for reading everyone!

See you in the dojo!

~ Sensei Nesta

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