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"The way you train is the way you react." --Benny "The Jet" Urquidez
We all at sometime in our life want more than just a routine life. Now you can have a positive life everyday! It's simple and easy to get started. You can control the actions of others by your own actions. You are a walking mirror in your actions. Be enthusiastic and watch others be enthusiastic right before your eyes! It's the same in the martial arts. We all want to be the best at what we do and you can, it's all in your mind. Start each day with your own list of positive affirmations. Just keep it simple and evolve. Here is a list of Affirmations Bruce Lee used daily. I will be adding more from other sources.
Bruce Lee's Daily Affirmations

* Recognizing that the power of will is the surpreme court over all other departments of my mind. I will excercise it daily when I need the urge to action for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once.
* Realizing that my emotions are both positive and negative, I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful actions
* Recognizing that both my positive and negative emotions may be dangerous if they are not controlled and guided to desirable end, I will submit all my desires, aims, and purposes to my faculty of reason, and I will be guided by it in giving expression to these.
* Recognizing the need for sound plans and ideas for the attainment of my desires, I will develop my imagination by calling upon it daily for help in the formation of my plans.
* Recognizing the value of an alert mind and an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alert by taking care to impress it clearly with all thoughts I wish to recall and by associating those thoughts with related subjects which I may call to mind frequently.
Subconscious Mind
* Recognizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my purpose in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose, and I shall keep this picture constantly before my subconscious mind by repeating it daily!
* Recognizing that my emotions often err in their over-enthusiasm, and my faculty of reason often is without the warmth of feeling that is necessary to enable me to combine justice with mercy in my judgments, I will encourage my conscience to guide me as to what is right and whatis wrong.
* Everyone wants speed! The baseball pitcher wants the 120mph fast ball, the running back wants a 4.0 in the 40 yard dash. Speed is an asset that we all strive for, but how do you develop speed? The first place is within your self, your mind; Conscience and Subconscious. The subconscious mind is a powerful tool that you can fine tune daily. You ask how, by using positive self-affirmations and visualization. Always see yourself in the positive! In the martial arts visualize yourself, kicking and punching in the correct form using the speed you desire. The best time to do this is just before you go to sleep, see yourself in the positive mode, and reinforce this with positive self-talk. The experts say this type of training takes about 30 days to reprogram your mind. However you must keep this in your daily life. Your subconscious mind is active 24 hours a day, so keep giving it positive input, and the output will be powerful!
* Speed = Power, an example of this would be a bullet. If I toss a bullet at you nothing would happen, however if I put the bullet into a gun and fired it at you, you would have great damage to your body. The same can be said for the hands and feet. Timing has a big role in a well-placed kick or punch. You must have excellent speed coupled with timing to get the best result. Mr. Roger Salick of Shorin-Ryu Karate put it this way; if you are going to hit hard, you must be fast. If you are going to be fast, you must be relaxed. A rigid, slow fighter can't adapt to a fast fighter's rhythm. The rigid man may have devastating punches, but he's like a cobra pitted against a lightning-fast mongoose. As Asian betters will tell you, the mongoose usually kills the snake. Accordingly, a stiff fighter's reward is often a terrific pounding. There are countless drills for developing speed. Some of the best are those that encourage you to hit a target without tightening. Punching at a piece of paper hung from a doorway with masking tape is a good exercise. Tension has no value here. The paper doesn't care how strong you are or how hard you push; it only knows how fast you hit. It's glorified shadowboxing; you can practice straight punches, uppercuts and hooks on the paper, and it develops a sense of distance that will be critical in a fight. Another speed drill, one that requires no equipment other than a partner, is the "clapping" exercise. One person stands with his hands in front of his solar plexus, a foot or so apart. The other person has to punch through the hands and touch the opponent before he can clap his hands. A really good puncher can zip in and out without being touched. When a student can do this pretty well, he begins to get the idea that he can probably hit the average guy on the street rather easily. In most cases, he's right. Central to all effective speed practice is a sort of internal metronome, a timekeeper in her head. You have to constantly keep your mind on getting in and out quickly. There are allot of martial artists who are too slow to ever use their hands effectively in a fight. Their slowness often exists simply because they don't train aggressively and try to make every punch faster than the last.
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