The “What If” Game – Inspired by Oprah!

It’s the third week of “Wind” month at Budo Mountain, and it has been quite windy and snowy around here!  This time of year is perfect for introspection – going into the depths of ourselves and nurturing the seeds that are dormant there.  Our theme this week is “Your Possibilities”. It reminds me of one of my favorite questions, that I use whenever I feel frustrated or daunted about a particular area of my life.  The question is, “What If?” Now, of course when I’m playing the “What If” game, I let myself get all pessimistic for a second and think of all the What If’s I don’t want to manifest.  But I realized a long time ago, that if I’m going to give mental airtime to my worries and anxieties, it’s simply unfair to deny this same privilege to my hopes and dreams.

And I think, when we give a voice to the deepest desires for our life, and allow ourselves to linger in their possibilities, and just entertain them as guests of equal – dare I say, greater – importance in our minds than our fears and limiting beliefs, something magical happens.  Slowly, sometimes imperceptibly, our posture shifts. We sit a little taller. We walk with a bit more confidence and awareness.

And when we sit a little taller, and carry ourselves a bit higher, a few people notice us that didn’t notice us before. And they might say something to us in passing that they wouldn’t say otherwise, and it might strike up a brief conversation that we wouldn’t otherwise have had, and we might be so bold, in this realm where we’ve welcomed in our dreams, as to ask their name and remember it.  And when we remember it, it might stick with us at a crucial time, creating a perfect opportunity…

The butterfly effect is this concept that even the flap of a butterfly’s wings in one place in the world can have an effect on what happens on the entire planet.  I can buy into that, though of course the effect of each physical act is minimal. But when it comes to my own life, I can fully testify to the fact that small changes I make – especially in my attitude, perception of a situation, and the way I carry myself – can make major differences in what opportunities land on my doorstep.  Which is why, while I am a fairly practical person, I always end up erring on the side of the optimist. There are simply too many ways that I could imagine things turning out incredibly well.

Fittingly, our quote of the week comes from a woman who grew up in poverty as the daughter of a single, teen mother.  Her name is Oprah Winfrey, and she says “You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”

How’s that for a start to kick off a week that culminates in the longest night of the year!  (You may want to bookmark this to re-read in the depths of winter, just sayin)

Ps – isn’t that photo amazing?  That’s one by our amazing Parkour teacher, Diego Balcells.  Check out his work here.

This week, we’ll be exploring the magnifying effects of excellent posture through the following techniques:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Ukemi Side Breakfalls Side Rolls
Technique 1 Blocks and Strikes from Kamae Set 1
Technique 2 Hicho Moves

  • Moving from Hicho to Ichimonji
  • Leaping in Hicho
  • Jumping Up and Kicking from Hicho
Technique 3 Side Angles in Hicho no Kata

Kasumi Club: (most likely) :  Ryu Techniques

Kid’s Adventure: Thunder Storm!

  • Jumping full twist both ways 
  • Handstands from hoko no kamae
  • Jumping front kick
  • Kong Vault
  • Roll – Werewolf – Kong up to folded wedge – run into real kong
  • Roll – stride to unfolded wedge – long jump to red pad – kong vault

Quick note – if you are interested in enrolling your child in our stellar after school program – that includes martial arts classes, parkour classes, nature discovery and free play, and fun art projects, all through the framework of our character-building leadership curriculum – then mark your calendars for Monday, January 7th, when we open up enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year!  Get the after school program details here.

Thanks for connecting with us on the blog!

See you in the dojo.

~ Sensei Nesta

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