The modern-day warrior’s training mindset, philosophy and ethics.

Returning After a Shoulder Injury – Starting from “Zero”

August 22, 2016 Logen Lanka

For months, I avoided initiating any fitness and martial art challenges, or writing about them. I had a recurrent shoulder injury that didn't seem to recover. And with the loss of my abilities, my identity as a practitioner of martial arts, calisthenics and obstacle races died. Challenging others to be physically active, when I no longer was, felt hypocritical. Physically and mentally, I had…

The Only Secret to Stay Motivated in Fitness & Martial Arts

April 19, 2016 Logen Lanka

Years ago, I found it difficult to train consistently in both fitness and martial arts. How do people stay motivated to workout regularly? What's their secret? To find out, I sought advice from martial artists, athletes, traceurs and military personnel. I wanted to know how they found the time and will to train without letting responsibilities and…

6 Reasons Why You Should Never Dismiss Beginners

March 17, 2016 Logen Lanka

Whether it is street calisthenics, parkour or martial arts, we look up to people who demonstrate feats of great strength, agility and technique. 20 muscle ups and 5 human flags at a go; traverses over obstacles that end with a leap across buildings; going against multiple attackers armed with weapons. These videos get thousands of hits on social media. But…

How I Let Go of Doubt, Jealousy and Karate Belts

February 3, 2016 Kai Morgan

Random coloured belts, jealousy and finding your emotional centre There’s nothing like martial arts training to show you your garbage. Even in a dojo that cultivates respect and camaraderie, jealousy and pettiness can creep in. Sometimes the reason is clear. Perhaps a new beginner is learning faster than you ever did. Perhaps you’re the sensei,…

Suddenly Blind for Two Minutes and No One Noticed Her Panic

March 2, 2015 Logen Lanka

A recent incident in which my friend became temporarily blind got me thinking about awareness, in particular, being aware of one's surroundings (a popular topic for martial artists and ninja enthusiasts). Here's the excerpt of our conversation. “Have you ever been blind temporarily?”, my friend suddenly asked. “Blacking out or an actual loss of sight?”, I…

Diffusing Conflict Through Apology, Even When Not At Fault

February 9, 2015 Logen Lanka

Recently, a handful of people took issue with what I shared and posted, accussing me of being ignorant, nasty and discriminative. This was a post about a disabled martial artist's journey of challenges and I pointed out how most people would make excuses to give up, while this martial artist persevered. Many felt that I had done…

Dealing with Anxiety in Martial Arts and Sports as a Slow Learner (Part 2)

January 19, 2015 Logen Lanka

Everyone stares as you step over the dojo threshold. Anxiety creeps in, stirring the paranoia within. Am I a nuisance training here? Am I an embarrassment for stumbling through even the 'simplest' of techniques? I don't want to be a burden to anyone because of my slow learning ability...  Part One of Dealing with Anxiety in Martial Arts…

The Modern Ninja’s ‘Secret’ To Influencing The World

February 24, 2014 Logen Lanka

The ninja represents the ideals of a strength behind the shadows (wielding strength without being egotistical), disciplined perseverance and an underlying positive ideal for change. Though we've focused mainly on physical skills (such as martial arts and parkour) in our earliest ninja guide, the other half of becoming a ninja and an awesome human being is…