Entries by Dan Kennedy

Giri

The concept of “Giri” contains elements from words like loyalty, duty, responsibility and obligation. The Japanese kanji that make up giri translate as loyalty, reason. Or in other words, duty is the reason for loyalty. In America this is a hard concept to explain because most of our citizens are brought up very individualistic and […]

KIME – “Synchronized concentration”

In combat, as well as life in general, good timing is essential. If the warrior acts too soon or too late he may be injured or killed.  In civilian life, success is totally dependent on the timing of all energy in relationship to opportunities. A skilled fighter is one that can fill the gaps of […]

On sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – Dave GrossmanBy LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of “On Killing.” Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, […]

Principles

Winston Churchill had principles. The difference between him and most of us is that he stuck to his principles at all costs. He didn’t waver when they weren’t popular – an extreme rarity in politics. When England entered WWII Churchill knew that by themselves, England could not defeat Germany. But his mindset of “I’ll probably […]

Conditioning? I thought this was karate class!

When I began learning karate I didn’t understand why we did things like push-ups and crunches. Wasn’t this karate class? Shouldn’t the whole workout consist of karate moves? I didn’t get it! I knew my fitness was poor, but really – how much physical fitness could it take to do front chokes? Or that single […]

Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

I came across this story, yet I’ve heard variations of it before. It is a good reminder to us all as we set our goals for 2015. Enjoy. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and […]