Hey family, Sifu Larry here! How are you doing?
This week has been a pretty difficult for us. My grandmother passed away this week at 91 years of age, I am grateful she lived a long happy life, I really couldn’t ask for more. We also took care of accounting business which ended up on good note. Which was great because I’ve been freaking out about that for awhile. We got some bad advice and scammed by one company, so Jamie took it local and did some hunting and found someone that can grow with Enter Shaolin. Which is awesome.
He also made dealing with business taxes simple and straight to the point. Which we are grateful. If you are in the South Jersey area and you need a good accountant, let us know and we will get you connected with our CPA Brian.
Despite the ups and downs of this week, we have been able to stay pretty consistent with our exercising. We only missed one day. In the Instagram picture below you see Jamie and myself managed to get a bike ride in this week, we got rained out on our 2nd riding day which was yesterday. We also managed to hit the gym 3 times this week as well.
Even when things aren’t going your way or maybe life throws a curve ball at you, it’s important that you continue to love yourself and prioritize your health. It will help you get through the obstacles of life much smoother.
Here’s some pictures from our bike ride this week:
We’ve been back to bike riding. 20 miles last week and 8 miles today. The weather is improving and therefor the bike is calling! ???? Here’s to more biking adventures! Tomorrow we will share a clip from our training on one of our rides last week. ???? #mtb #train #workout #mountainbiking #whereweride #southjersey #traintracks #nature #cardio #moveyourbody #cannondale #trek
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I know all about falling off the horse and having a difficult time getting back on again. This is why it’s very good to have an accountability partner. Maybe you don’t have a training partner right now and that’s okay. In the back of your mind though you should be thinking about how you can get one.
For example: I didn’t really feel up to going to the gym today. Jamie gave me a little pep talk and nudged me a little and we ended up getting some cardio in at the gym. There were a few days she had to do this, this week, because with my grandma being sick and then dying, I really didn’t feel like it to be honest. If she wasn’t here, there is a good chance I would have ended up blowing off my workout a few times this week. After doing some cardio I felt better too. 🙂
It’s funny how we often try to avoid the things that would actually help us get through the tough times or give us an energy boost. But once you get over the hurdle and do it anyway, you are grateful you did.
If you can’t find an accountability partner, we will be yours, just let us know so we can help you stick to your goals.
Here’s a quick tip technique for when someone tries to push you:
— Enter Shaolin (@EnterShaolin) April 29, 2016
In this video Sifu Phu demonstrated a quick technique you can use if someone tries to push you. Often times when someone is leaning in to push you, they aren’t focused on anything else in that moment. If timed correctly, it’s very easy to take a side step and counter attack the attacker.
I hope you have been enjoying our quick tips we have been doing, we have certainly been enjoying making them for you!
Next up is a great quote that will help you not just when in a fight, but in your everyday life as well.
Here’s are quote of the week by Miyamoto Musashi:
When your opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily and keep calm. You must not be influenced by the opponent. Train diligently to attain this spirit.
– Miyamoto Musashi
What this quote means to me is: Don’t be too quick to act, because if you do you might find yourself on the wrong side of a punch. Often times the predator will try and intimidate you. They will try and stare you down to make you nervous. Ignore these gestures and ignore the taunts, just remain calm at all times. In this way you will see clearly the path you must follow.
Jamie pointed out this is a great way to look at life too. If it feels like everything is rushing at you in your life, take a deep breath, step back and be calm. By doing this you can truly evaluate what is happening and how to work with it versus becoming overwhelmed and feeling like everything is attacking you.
Last Friday Jamie’s daughter Jaya and my daughter Cara tested for their green belt in Wushu. This June will mark them being in Wushu for 2 years. Their teacher Master Li is an amazing martial artist as well as a great teacher.
Check out a clip from the girl’s Wushu testing here:
— Enter Shaolin (@EnterShaolin) April 25, 2016
They did awesome!
Here they are after they got their green sash, Cara is on the left and Jaya on the right:
Last week we on one of our bike rides we took the opportunity to do a little martial arts training in the middle of our ride. We actually do this quite often, but figured it would be fun to share some of what we do with you. Jamie is getting faster…
Check out our impromptu training clip here:
— Enter Shaolin (@EnterShaolin) April 27, 2016
It’s fun when you can combine your martial arts training with your regular exercise routine. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you are exercising with your training partner think about how you can incorporate your training into your exercise routine too. We have been having fun at the gym doing some Kung Fu on these balancing surfaces. We will have to get someone to video us one day so we can share it. It really challenges your core and rooting.
Enough about us, let us know how you are doing in the comment section below!
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