Black Belt Attitude: Being in the Moment

Each week we discuss a Black Belt Attitude topic with the kids in our Warrior Talk, this week the topic is Being in the Moment. Please pass this on to as many people as you can. Like dropping a pebble in a pond, the ripples can have a significant effect on someone else’s life.

This week’s talk is about being in the moment and not getting caught up in the past or the future. As slippery as the concept is, it is in the moment that all decisions are made. It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s happening in the future or mulling over the past, but that is all just taking us away from what is happening right in front of us — the creation of our lives exists in the present moment.

Young kids are usually already living in the moment. The older we get though, the further we tend to move away from the present moment and start to focus on what lies ahead. I often hear how busy your kids are with all the school and after school activities they have. As busy as they are getting, and with all the distractions of the modern world, don’t forget to remind them to have fun and enjoy this very second, whatever it is they are doing. Tell them not to worry about what happened yesterday or may happen tomorrow, good or bad, it’s what’s happening right in front of them that counts.

For us adults it always seems a little bit harder, as we tend to cling to the past and fret about the future so much that we miss the joy of the present moment. One of the most liberating things you can do is let go of the past, however distant or immediate, just let go. If you’re having trouble, breathe. Just breathe. As you do, say to yourself “breathe in” … “breathe out”. When in doubt, just come back to the breath.

Every moment is new and exciting because it has never happened before, so see this very moment as an opportunity to create something special.

Be here, now …

How quickly do you fly off the handle? How short is your temper? How often do you react without taking time to assess the situation? Be still and neutral, pause and make a conscious choice to respond to the needs of the situation rather than reacting with ego. Choose your attitude, choose your response.

We’ll be holding our next Super Stars Sparring Workshop on Saturday August 18.

All sparring at WestStar is light touch sparring. Contact will be to the body only (no head shots!). Those students wishing to participate will require the following protective gear: sparring gloves, shin/instep protectors, headgear, mouth guards, and groin protectors for the boys. All are compulsory.

You can buy these yourselves, or you can order from us at a discounted rate. Please note you will need to purchase your own mouth guard. The full boys sparring kit is 90.00, girls 80.00.

When: Saturday, August 18
Time: 1.00-2.00 p.m
Where: Subiaco PCYC
There is no cost for this session, and it is worth 2 training credits.

To register please email me personally.

NOW YOU CAN TRAIN AT HOME. See the preview
Great news – there is now a full Northstar Ju Jitsu interactive workout available on the Northstar online Academy. Not only is this course a great resource for adult NSJJ members, this is also a great opportunity for parents to see how the basic techniques are done correctly and then enjoy a workout at home with your children. Great for adults and children, you can now train and improve the basics wherever you are.