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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tying the knot of knowledge


We teach our students to treat their belt with the same respect that you would treat the American Flag ~ for example we don’t just throw our belt on the floor. They put hours of training into each belt and you need to respect the sweat that you put into it. After receiving a new belt, we have a tradition of tying the old belt in a knot. We say that you’re “Tying in the Knowledge” of that level before moving onto the next level. Learning is an empirical process where each level of knowledge and experiences becomes the foundation to stack the higher levels.

The great thing about learning, knowledge, and experiences is that they last a lifetime and mold who we are and who we become. In fact, the more positive experiences and knowledge we gain, the more successful we become ~ therefore building our confidence as we grow to be more competent, responsible, and independent.

Ben Franklin put it, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” He was saying that we should constantly work toward increasing our knowledge and that this investment of time and money is one of the greatest investments we can make.

In karate, we provide valuable experiences and knowledge along with creating friendships and connections that change the course of each student’s lives ~ therefore tying in the knowledge on the way to creating a greater you. It’s like hitting a fork in the road. Once you take the positive path of self development through karate, you are forever changed and the other negative road is gone forever. The further you ride on this road the further you veer off and diverge from the other path.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Monday, August 24, 2009

The Nunchaku-Weapons

Here's a video of the weapons form, we're working on in classes performed by students of a friend's dojo, Sensei Dan Rominski.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Thoughts of cynicism and sarcasm are a sign

If you find yourself getting cynical or sarcastic when you read or hear positive messages, it’s a sign that you’re not on track in your life. It’s a reflection of you, not the writer. It doesn’t diminish the truth of the message. It just means that it is more important for you to open your mind and listen.

After we stretch or exercise, soreness in specific muscles is it’s our body’s way of telling us that they are weak. Same for positive messages - when a positive message hits a negative note causing us to get cynical or sarcastic, it means that this is a mental area of weakness that we need to strengthen.

With exercise, the soreness means that our body is rebuilding and getting stronger. This pain is the price of admission to getting in shape. When we feel the bite of cynicism, we need to use the feedback as a time to rebuild, stretch ourselves, and get stronger.

Instead of becoming envious of those who have a positive attitude, grow from the experience and use it as the foundation to develop your own positive attitude.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Corn Salad With Feta and Walnuts

This is definitely a great quick and easy recipe. We love feta and it’s favor mixes perfectly with the corn and walnuts. The jalapenos give only a mild spiciness to finish the salad.

The recipe can be found on the real simple website at http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/corn-salad-feta-walnuts-00000000014319/index.html

Ingredients
* 1 cup walnuts
* 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 ears), raw or cooked
* 2 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* kosher salt and black pepper
* 1/2 cup crumbled Feta (2 ounces)

Directions
Heat oven to 400° F. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool and roughly chop.

In a large bowl, combine the corn, jalapeƱos, lime juice, oil, walnuts, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle with the Feta before serving.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Circling around the right thoughts.

Much of developing success in life revolves around getting our mind on the right thoughts. By stimulating the correct positive thoughts, we propel ourselves into the right actions. These actions produce the right solutions. Many times, our thoughts get into a negative downward spiral that we allow to go unchecked.

As a manager for a corporation, I attended many meetings with upper management to talk about a specific problem or situation facing the business. These meeting were always unproductive and I noticed how most of them tended to circling on the same negative thoughts. Each manager constantly re-treading the negative and no one discussing a solution.

The secret is the circle around the right positive thoughts. I know you’re going to hate it at first, because we feel entitled to our negative thoughts, but our negative thoughts will only keep us where we are ~ hold us back and never take us where we are going.

Once you train your mind to circle on positive thoughts, we can start to offer positive solutions, turn our problems into opportunities, and take positive, proactive approach to our lives. The idea, you see, is to visualize the desire result and to keep our minds eye on it. Just like baseball, they tell you to “keep your eye on the ball.”

In life, we must keep our mind's eye on the results. On my vision board, I have the saying “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Think of all the inventions and discovers we’ve seen in our life time ~ cell phones, internet, cable and digital TV, etc., etc, etc. All of these inventions were once only a thought in someone’s mind.

I know that if you circle your mind on the right thoughts, visualize positive results, and keep our eye on the ball. You will see great things come to pass. You will push every dream into fruition. You will attract the people and situations into your life that will help you towards your life objectives. Your best days are still to come.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Rustic White Bean Soup

We made one of my favorite soups yesterday, Rustic White Bean Soup. This soup is very filling and great for the vegetarians in the family.

We picked the tomatoes, onions, and basil fresh from our garden. Next year, I'll need to grow the white bean! HaHa!

I cook the tomatoes and onions on the outside grill to give the soup a terrific smoked favor.

This soup recipe comes from Weber's Big Book of Grilling which is my personal favor book on Grilling. Every grill recipe, I do, from this book turns out fantastic.

Ingredients
1 Large Yellow Onion cut into 1/2 inch slices
8 Large Ripe Plum Tomatoes, cored
1 clove Garlic
2 cans (15 oz each) Cannellini beans
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar

Lightly brush the onion slices and tomatoes with olive oil. Grill onions over Direct High heat until lightly charred on both sides, 10 to 12 minutes, turning once through the grill time. Grill tomatoes over direct high heat until the skins are loosened and lightly charred on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Set aside.

Peel and discard the loosened skins from the tomatoes. Roughly chop the tomatoes and onions. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, warm the 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and grilled onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the grilled tomatoes, cannellini beans (with liquid), and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the balsamic vinegar, give the soup a final stir, and serve.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Manifesting Positive Consequences in Our Lives

With every action and decision we make, consequences follow. Our results, positive or negative, are the exactly right according to the actions we take in our lives. This fact is hard to bear, because it’s easier to blame, point the finger, and claim life is unfair.

The way to succeed is to focus on positive actions that will create positive consequences. A perfect example is our karate school. Last fall, when the financial market collapse and the economy sunk, I could have got discouraged, threw up my hands, and said “Oh well, this economy will close our school.” I had the perfect excuse to fail – the economy. But I had a different vision… I believed that what we teach is way too important to fail and to give a whatever it takes (WIT) effort to ensure that we not only survived but thrived. I decided that the media will not decide what our karate school future holds and shut the news off.

Almost a year later, our dojo pulled through these tough times stronger and with more vitality. I knew that to survive we needed to become the best in every way. We set forth to improve the curriculum, the marketing, and the leadership skills we teach to provide true and tremendous value to every student we touch. Over the last year, we've got better in every way.

Here three great quotes that will help you produce positive consequences in your life.
When the going gets tough the tough gets going – As martial arts, we can't let minor setbacks sink the entire ship. Persistence is one of the fundamental keys to success. On the path to Black Belt, we are going to experience setbacks and there’s plenty of excuses that appear to be perfectly good reason to quit ~ just like the economy could have been an excuse for me to fail. But remember, these excuses are barriers to you becoming extremely successful.

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – This is a favorite Woody Allen saying of mine. In karate, 80% of becoming a black belt is coming to classes. Once you get to class, I guarantee that it’s going to make a life changing transformation in your life. Think of all the people that say they are going to do or try something, only to continue the same actions and habits day after day. Many times it’s just a matter of showing up to fulfill your destiny.

Begin with the end in mind – This Stephen Covey idea can manifest a huge transformation in your life. Decide what you want and map backwards to the actions that will create the positive consequences that you want. So many people never really decide and commit to what they want out of life. These people just flounder their way through life, but you are not like this. You have dreams that become goals and once they become goals, nothing can stop them from becoming reality.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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