You can’t
you can’t just turn it off
you think it’s gone
he’s out
forever
the thought of him with her brings no emotion
but then
you see his face in a dream
you touch him
it’s so real
he’s back
—  you haunt me
8

“WELP! Can’t let Tai ever hear about this. God, I’d never hear the end of it.”

This week in “Sean over analyzes a single look from Qrow” theater… Seriously hope this isn’t becoming a vice or something. But I do look forward to seeing what kind of relationship Qrow and Tai had as students. Friends/Rivals? Hopefully.

Also RIP Tyrian’s stupid god damned face.

🌼7 Life Lessons🌼

1. Not everything you are told is true.
2. Sometimes you feel mad or sad, and that’s okay.
3. There is always more than one side to a story.
4. Just because you win/lose an argument, doesn’t mean you’re right/wrong.
5. Friendships sometimes take effort.
6. You should always try to be nice. Even if you don’t feel like it.
7. A warm bubble bath, some music and a cuppa goes a long way.

🌃Feel free to reblog with your personal life lessons💛

Sometimes you need to hear all the those bitter words from people, and actually need to listen to it intently. Yes, it’ll hurt, and it’ll hurt like hell. But then, whenever you feel weak and you want to go to back to that person, the same words will ring like church bells, loud in your ears and you won’t be weak anymore.

You’ll be angry, so take that anger and harness it, work on it, mould it into something so good, so pure that those dirty, bitter words get washed away with it. And when these church bells ring in your ears again, it would represent your pure heart & soul and nothing would ever hurt you like that ever again.

Meditation

This is used often in spiritual practices to clear your head, help you understand thoughts, and to be focused. When you’re starting out in meditation, you need to understand how exactly to do it.

What meditation is:

  • Meditation dates back thousands of years, and was practiced as Yoga.
  • It developed in Buddhist India and Taoist China.
  • Indian sages used it as a path to self-salvation.
  • Meditation halls first opened in Japan and developed in the 8th Century.
  • Western forms of Yoga and meditation began in the 1960s.

What meditation isn’t:

  • Remember the Hollywood floating up with your legs crossed chanting ‘ohmmmm’?  That doesn’t work.
  • Meditation isn’t a hard journey you have to practice for years. You can get benefits from it from the start.
  • It isn’t a solution to every problem either. Go get the professional help you need.
  • Nor is it just for relaxation. You can use it for insight and concentration, or thinking about problems.
  • It’s not just for spiritual people. You can when stressed, or use it once or twice ever. Or maybe you just want to try it out a bit.

What do I do?

It’s not that hard, really! Here are the basic things you should be looking out for.

  • Your location. Going somewhere quiet and avoiding distractions.
  • Your position. There’s no need to sit up cross-legged, you could lie down in bed or even walk around.
  • Your breathing. If your mind begins to wander, always focus on steady, full breaths in and out.
  • Your thoughts. Don’t be thinking about what’s for dinner, you have to be able to clear your head of these.

How to stop thinking about things.

Your mind will often think about silly things, especially when you don’t want it to. You need your head to be a blank slate.

One thing to try is visualisation. You are a mountain, see yourself as one. All your thoughts are clouds floating by, and they are irrelevant. Push them away.

You have to figure out what’s irrelevant though. The goal when contemplating is for your mind to wander so you can figure things out. But, thinking about that girl you like or the homework you didn’t hand in two years ago probably won’t help.

If anything, you’ll get into the habit of whatever suits you during meditation. All it takes is a few tries to figure your own system out. Go try it!

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Osservò a lungo l'espressione scocciata nel suo volto, si avvicinò a lei e piano le disse “Non sottovalutare i bassi. Senza i bassi il brano non funzionerebbe e così è anche per la vita”.
—  Not all dreams can be realised
The 5 elements of a Karate lesson

Still fumbling with making up lesson plans? 

I GOT YOUR BACK FRIEND

Originally posted by vgeta

Let me explain to you the 5 fundamentals of any martial arts class

  1. There needs to be a purpose
  2. Everyone needs to put work/effort in
  3. There is the necessity to learn something
  4. There needs to be fun
  5. Everyone needs to work respectfully with and towards each other

Now these things seem to be very basic. But you cannot make an intricate lesson plan if you can’t master the basic rules of a class.

Just like karate itself right?

Purpose of a class

There’s a reason that this one is listed first. You need to have a goal set so you can form your class accordingly. Not just that, but you also want to give your students a sense of purpose. That they are working towards a goal.

Ask yourself the following questions:

What is learning?

What does it mean for someone to learn something?

What is a lesson/class?

Think about it.

Originally posted by lessonsfromdisney

Thought about it?

What is learning?

To bring someone from the point of being completely ignorant, to knowledgeable.
To bring someone from the point of being unable, to able.

Which will influence one’s behaviour in a lasting manner. 

What does it mean for someone to learn something?

Learning a sport/hobby etc. is different from regular school. They chose to this themselves
It means that they find it fun. Or cool, useful, badass etc.

Learning a new skill is incredibly rewarding. You feel like you grow as a person when you have earned yourself a new skill.

What is lesson/class?

A class is a wholesome setting with boundaries which is created to achieve a certain goal/purpose. We can define a class as a collective set of learning situations, which are adapted to one another.

So now we know what a class consists off, you can determine your goal for a class. This could be to simply practice what you need to know for your exam but let’s take it one step further.

Originally posted by gameraboy

Everyone needs to put work/effort in

This means you too Sensei! You can’t just read the required techniques off the list, you need to put effort in! You can do this in various ways:

Instead of teaching a technique,  teach a principle.

Principles are a solid part of martial arts. They are the building stones to a technique. 

For instance, in a punch you have the term hikite. Sounds fancy? Maybe, but it’s the retracting arm when you punch. Suddenly it almost sounds boring. But it’s present in many many techniques! Examine the techniques you wanted to teach, establish which one require hikite the most and if there are a few on the list, think up an exercise to stimulate hikite (for instance, a special game of tag).

Training principles will help all the techniques involved.


Besides your way of teaching, think about the fact that this is sports/exercise. People come in for a good time and the feeling that they did something useful with their time after class is done. Keep them busy. There is nothing more boring than waiting. And most students aren’t thát self-disciplined that they just keep training on their own
Also, if they’re not training, there will be chatting or fighting.

Originally posted by kasugano

Get the class warmed-up. Do not break them, do not underwhelm them, a good warm-up (absolute maximum with adults I’d say is tops 30 minutes). After that, get to work right away. If you would like to do some stretching that’s fine, at the end of class.

There is the necessity to learn something

A clear goal like:

  • Improve the use of hikite
  • Make sure that with every kick the knee is properly raised
    or
  • Make sure that one works from a low centre of gravity 

These set a purpose, but you have adapt these goals accordingly to your students. If you are like me and have a varied class of levels from white to black belts, you need to be able to analyse and see the different steps one has to take to get to the top. 

If you can find the right goal for each level, you will give them a goal that they will feel like it is obtainable. No one would bother to climb if you can never get to the top.

There needs to be fun

Some people are dead serious about their training (*cough* me), but there should always be room for a little laugh, granted your martial art allows it.
Especially with children’s classes.

Create the fun by following things:

  • Do a fun warm-up.
    This is your entrance to the class. Energize people. Kids with a (karate-infused) game, adults with maybe some bagwork or teamwork.
    NOTE: I barely- if ever do ball games with children. It’s distractive.
  • Do not endlessly practice the same thing.
    With kids, one subject = absolute max. 20 minutes
    Adults, depending on the level = max. 40 minutes.
    NOTE: does not apply to serious students like me. We can do the same thing for 1,5 hours.
  • Allow different personalities to exist.
    Sounds weird? Look in a group, there are always people who react different to each other. Shy, show-off, serious, prankster, etc.
    People have to have the feeling they can be themselves, no matter how different they are.

Originally posted by zamasu

Everyone needs to work respectfully with and towards each other

Now this last point ties in with the previous one. Fun is awesome, so is harsh training, but there is no class or martial arts without respect/courtesy

Karate-do begins and ends with bowing:

一、空手道は礼に始まり礼に終る事を忘るな 

Hitotsu, karate-do wa rei ni hajimari rei ni owaru koto o wasuruna.


You, as a teacher have to be a guardian of that state of mind. Always intervene when things are done without respect.

You are the guardian of your class, your purpose,your fun and the respect!

Visualisation part 2

This is continued from part 1 which you can find here!

In this lesson I’ll talk about an alternative visualisation technique as well as how to practice regularly. It’s especially helpful if you struggle with visualisation because of focus problems or mental health!

Have trouble visualising?

That’s okay, there’s ways around it!

@thesleepwalkingwitch has given me a great method to be able to meditate or cast spells without relying on having to visualise.  

Here it is:

The first and most important thing to remember is that we have 5+ senses. Humans rely on sight the most, but there are so many more ways to experience the world- and you can apply this to meditation.

Forget trying to picture things. Try to feel things:  Imagine raindrops falling on every inch of your body, moving slowly from your head down to your toes; let the water cleanse you as it rolls off your skin, feel yourself purifying as you focus. If any type of sensory imagination is too hard, play some calming music in the background instead - let the rest of the world fade away as you absorb the music fully, listening to every note individually and as part of the whole. You can even try something like counting! Just start counting, out loud or in your head, up from 1 or down from 1000, and let that be the only thing that matters in the entire world - just the steady rhythm of the numbers, the way that they go on forever.

The whole idea is that it moves away from the focus of seeing things in your head, but still allows you to build up energy when concentrating on a goal like meditation or a spell.

How do I practice regularly?

Methods of visualisation can very easily be watered down in order to do them quickly or easily for practicing often.

  • You could try seeing or feeling your aura around you, or the energy moving through your body.
  • Even try closing your eyes when it’s sunny and recalling the feeling, the smell or sound of rain. Or the other way around! Feel the warm sun on you in the winter, or a cosy fire in your hands.

A good idea is to do this during meditation and to practice lots, as being able to visualise in some form is incredibly useful for energy manipulation. (That includes auras, shielding, centering and grounding etc.)