SHARPEN YOUR BLADE EVERY DAY

Clockwise from the top left: ma bu/horse stance; crouching tiger, hidden dragon; quad stretch; getting ready to kick; getting ready to pounce; tan lung quan/mantis style; gong bu/bow stance/ xie bu/resting stance; pu bu/flat stance; ca bu/crossed stance

Clockwise from the top left: ma bu/horse stance; crouching tiger, hidden dragon; quad stretch; getting ready to kick; getting ready to pounce; tan lung quan/mantis style; gong bu/bow stance/ xie bu/resting stance; pu bu/flat stance; ca bu/crossed stance

Among the greatest lessons my ex taught me were me Shaolin kung fu, Ch'an Buddhism, and the value of lifelong fitness. In Shaolin we say "sharpen your blade every day" and I apply that to every aspect of my existence.  We must never stop working to improve ourselves. Kung fu taught me to strive, reach, and stretch far beyond my comfort zone physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.

My friends know that going to the gym is not a choice, but a lifestyle for me; it is as fully integrated into my routine as eating, drinking, and sleeping. Six days a week I workout for 2 hours. My grind includes biking to & from the gym, kung fu, weights, stretching, abs. I didn't start working out until I was 30 and I'll train for the rest of my life. At 51 I'm stronger, faster, and more powerful than ever. Living and loving life to the fullest.

I hope this inspires someone to go harder today.