- I have been named as the Legends of China Presidential Guest on the UCLA Martial Arts Silk Road to the Future China trip in 2015. More details to come....
- We begun research on Martial Arts & Cognitive Ability on Monday and have a great group of students!
- I am continuing to prep for my TBA Level 2 Muay Thai test which will be happening very soon I think!
- Hoping to begin a semi-regular teaching program in Sherman Oaks in the next couple of months. Stay tuned for more information.
As a quick update to restart this feed here are some exciting things going on in the World of The British Ninja right now;
3 things I am grateful for;
My positive experiences today...great turnout at the Martial Arts Leadership Team :) Awesome story telling at Zanzibar Santa Monica at the Moths - Story Slam, some funny, some sad, some shocking, some bad! But all in all a great experience and cool venue. Meeting some excited students ready to train in martial arts, such a relief that people showed up! It gives a good promising vibe to the rest of the year!
Exercise - Taught the prospective MaLT members some; Savate, Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai and FMA :)
Meditation - I think this one is my nemesis....I did not Reiki myself to sleep last night, I read a new book "The Element" By Sir Ken Robinson....could reading be construed as mediation in any way? If so that is what I am doing again today for meditation :) If not then I may need some help on this one!
3 things I am grateful for;
Had a really positive experience with my old student supervisor Dimitra Kuruppu today. She has transitioned into a full time position in a different unit, but now works in the office next door to me. She came in to chat about some adaptive stuff and demonstrated why she was such a great employee with me over the past 4 years! Great analytical mind. She also helped me finish my UCLA Martial Arts Poster in a cool way :). I just emailed her to tell her how glad I am that she is sticking around. Unfortunately I also found out that a colleague has to have a hip replacement :( I am going to reach out to her to see if there is anything I can do to help her (offer some Reiki I think).
Exercise - Silat, FMA & JKD III w/ Guro Dan
Meditation - Reiki myself to sleep.
Per advice from Shawn Anchor (TED Talks) I will start posting the following every day (or post for a few days when I get the chance!). each day I will be; meditating, exercising, writing 3 things I am grateful for, journaling about something positive and perform a random act of kindness.
3 Things I am grateful for today (9/30/12);
1 - An awesome collection of very talented staff at UCLA Instructional Programs.
2 - The opportunity to see photographic art about rock and roll for free.
3 - Organized and efficient student supervisors.
4 - Just got invited to a good friends wedding! (cheating with 4) - Congrats Ben Hopper!
My random act of kindness was giving my DJ instructor a ride to Venice so that his fiancé did not have to drive as far to pick him up. He had driven from San Francisco to attend my training meeting after attending a sponsorship event for his company 'JetPack' (provides cool DJ accessory bags) and therefore had no car and was pretty bushed, I think he was grateful :)
I was also very fortunate to be able to assist Guro Conrad Cayman in demoing some blended Hapkido/Silat techniques at the 2012 West Coast FMA congregation on Saturday, it was a fantastically positive environment with all different types of styles and communities of different martial arts playing together in Gigies backyard! We represented the Inosanto Academy pretty well with around 10 of us there just having fun with FMA all day, got to joke, train and eat with my academy brothers which is always a positive thing :) I would also like to add that the Bruin Fest this year was incredibly positive, zero stress happy students, great instructors and awesome photography from JotoPhoto!
Until next time....
Check out the photos from my trip out to Oahu, HI.
The UCLA Martial Arts Leadership Team will be taking a 'field trip' down to the Legendary Inosanto Academy this evening to watch; Muay Thai, Silat, FMA and Jeet Kune Do Classes. Students will get to see over 60 years of martial arts history at the academy including Bruce Lee's own punching pad!!
The British Ninja
Jedi is my religion, Ninja is my profession.