Story: The Stone Cutter...

Once upon a time there was a stone cutter. The stone cutter lived in a land where a life of privilege meant being powerful. Looking at his life he decided that he was unsatisfied with the way things were and so he set out to become the most powerful thing in the land. Looking around his land he wondered to himself what is it to be powerful. Looking up he saw the Sun shining down on all the land. “The Sun must be the most powerful thing that there is, for it shines down on all things, and all things grow from it’s touch.” So he became the Sun. Days later, as he shone his power down on the inhabitants of the land, there came a cloud which passed beneath him obstructing his brilliance. Frustrated he realized that the Sun was not the most powerful thing in the land, if a simple cloud could interrupt his greatness. So he became a cloud, in fact, he became the most powerful storm that the world had ever seen. And so he blew his rain and lightning, and resounded with thunder all over the land, demonstrating that he was the most powerful. Until one day he came across a boulder. Down and down he poured and his thunder roared, lightning flashed and filled the sky, striking the ground near the boulder. His winds blew and blew and blew, and yet, despite all his efforts, he could not budge the boulder. Frustrated again, he realized that the storm was not the most powerful thing in the land, rather it must be the boulder. So he became the boulder. For days he sat, unmovable, and impassive, demonstrating his power, until one day, a stone cutter came and chiseled him...

Story: The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee…...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar..and the 2 cups of coffee… A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.” The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. “Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ” I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions — things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no...

Story: Good Luck, Bad Luck...

An old man and his son worked on a small farm, with only one horse to pull the plough. One day the horse ran away. “How terrible,” sympathized the neighbors “What bad luck.” “Maybe.” the farmer replied. A week later, the horse returned from the mountains leading five wild mares into the barn. “What wonderful luck!” said the neighbors. “Maybe.” The next day the son, trying to tame one of the horses, fell and broke his leg. “How terrible, what bad luck!” “Maybe.” Later that week, the army came to all the farms to take young men for war. During the battle that followed, many of the village men lost their lives. Because of his broken leg, the farmer’s son was of no use to them so he was...

Zen in the Martial Arts...

This book by Joe Hyams was absolutely instrumental in my early education as a Martial Artist, and my development as a teacher of the Martial Arts. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve returned to this book over the years. I still teach many of the lessons contained within, and always recommend this to my committed students. In addition to his perspective on training, and zen, Hyams also offers some very rare vignettes of what it was like to train directly under Bruce Lee. Friends, if you’re interested in purchasing this book, or others from Amazon.com, why not help us out in the process? A (small) percentage of every sale that comes from this website will go towards helping us maintain this site. If you enjoy the content we’re providing, and would like to help, consider clicking on this image to shop Amazon. The link will open in a new window....

Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Perfect for serious students of Jeet Kune Do, this book is one of the many classics of Martial Arts. Although not a story or typical work of non-fiction, this text offers insight into the mind of the founder of Jeet Kune Do. This is also an interesting snapshot into the nature of Martial Arts training at the time that this was originally published. Friends, if you’re interested in purchasing this book, or others from Amazon.com, why not help us out in the process? A (small) percentage of every sale that comes from this website will go towards helping us maintain this site. If you enjoy the content we’re providing, and would like to help, consider clicking on this image to shop Amazon. The link will open in a new window....