Getting the Education Edge for your child…

A couple of quick questions for you…. Would you like your child to be getting great results at school? Would you like your child to get into OC or selective high school? Do you want a private school education for your child, fully paid for?

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The last of the great Martial Arts: Daito Ryu Aiki Ju Jutsu

Little is known about Daito Ryu Aiki Ju jutsu in the West. Even in Japan, it has long been considered a relic of a pre war era, at best the poor cousin of its modern day cognate Aikido, but nothing could be further from the truth.Daito Ryu has always been a conservative and some what secretive martial art. Its most …

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The Fighting Flight Attendant.part 1.

When I was 24 I left the shores of Sydney and did not land again until I was 40 years old. I spent 16 years travelling, training and learning. By the time I was 24 I was already a Black Belt with many years experience and had competed many times. In a way I had out grown the local martial …

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Andy Dickinson’s Best Martial Arts Moves. Daito Ryu.

[youtube A5myqopELmg] Northstar Ju Jitsu Blast is a group of fast and furious techniques. The moves are part of the Northstar System; a martial arts developed by Andy Dickinson Sensei after years of training in several arts including Daito Ryu Aiki Ju Jutsu under Kondo Sensei, Tenjin Shinyo Ryu Ju Jutsu, and several of the modern systems.
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The Black Belt and the Bouncer.

For a while there I would do anything for experience….Some times I would go to great lengths to see if I really had what it takes and to push my martial arts training to the limits. Upon getting my Black Belt at 21, I soon found myself craving real life fighting experience. Not that I was violent or aggressive, I …

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Is tradition important in martial arts?

Do martial arts hang onto their traditional roots just for the sake of it?Does it enhance or impinge your learning experience? What would it do to martial arts if there were no uniforms, no stances, no bowing etc? Have a think about how you would feel?

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How is your experience in Martial Arts?

Over the last few years many men and women, children and parents  have seen the value in training in a martial arts  program that is easy to learn, gets you fit, is fun and there is no risk of injury. It is also a great way to meet new people.  Women too are enjoying the benefits of martial arts, at …

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What are the qualities of a martial arts expert?

There was a time when just being a Black Belt you were considered an expert, a lethal fighting machine, able to control your body and perform almost super natural feats of strength.  The Black Belt is an important beginning, the first rung on the ladder, and there is no doubt that it is a mark of excellence.

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Is this Martial Arts?

With the modernisation of martial arts, there has been an explosion of hybrid style competitions that are now far more popular than boxing or any other combat sports.  Competitions such as UFC and Pride in Japan, have taken blood sports to the next level. They call these kind of competitions “Mixed Martial Arts.” Watch the attached video and share your …

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What does not change?

Happiness is a base line that we all would like to have as a constant in our lives. Yet it can be here one minute and gone the next.  Why is that so?

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8 ways to improve and take control of your life

Gradings are great for self improvement. As Northstar develops lifestyles and not fighters, use your grading preparation to hone all aspects of your life. Between now and grading as well as getting physically fit, lets also overlay some of the mental and emotional qualities we practice at Northstar.

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Spirituality in Martial Arts

I posted a question at the end of last week on where does spirituality sit with Martial Arts. Is it there?  Has it ever been there? Is it an important part of the training?  Is it necessary ? Here are some of the contributions so far:

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7 Simple ways to connect with others.

Have you seen the Movie “Into The Wild?” It’s a true story about a man that spends his entire life running from people, wanting to be alone in solitude. He ends up isolating himself in an old caravan in the Alaskan wilderness. At the end of the story, trapped by the winter and sick from lack of food, just before …

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The art of Conscious Friendship

Honor friendship. Dont discriminate family and friendship. Dont treat your friends well and your family badly. My closest friend said to be recently dont argue with your partner, treat him/her badly then smile at the first stranger that you see in the street.

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Getting what you want in 2010.

Great article on the power of intention by Yaro Starack What Made A Difference? Below are adjustments to my life and my mindset that I made this year, which I consider most responsible for the significant shift in results I’ve experienced.

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