by Lori Hoeck on September 23, 2016


Like mini bad guys in the brain, excuses attack us and never the problem.

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Yin and yang

April 1, 2011

This photo is my cats’ feline interpretation of the yin and yang symbol. They are at rest and so am I. At least when it comes to blogging or writing or having much of an online presence. I don’t know if or when I will be back. Life is full right now, but of those […]

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Self defense and emergency thinking skills

January 7, 2011

When most people look at items on an office desk, in a purse, or around the house they see the item and its function. Scissors cut, magazines have articles to read, reflective sunglasses make sunny days easier to bear, right? Those trained in self defense, emergency thinking, or how to Think Like a Black Belt […]

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Self Defense and Principles of Power

November 24, 2010

Most self defense instructors and martial artists talk about maintaining a Reactionary Gap when confronted with a violent person. This gap is the space between you and the attacker that allows time — time to pull a gun, time to run, time to go from 0 to 60 mentally in preparation to fight. Getting chest-to-chest […]

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Self defense requires this key understanding

October 16, 2010

When it comes to self defense, violent criminals or unsafe people fall along a continuum ranging from the difficult drunk who wants to grab your attention to the horribly violent and cruel person who will take your life…or worse. The continuum is vast. I can’t teach even senior black belt students how to handle every […]

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Time to stop and give honor where honor is due

September 23, 2010

Usually I write about how to Think Like A Black Belt. Today I want to introduce you to someone who Lives Like A Black Belt in heart and deed. This is a “Cheers!” to one of my favorite, most honorable blog authors. One of the reasons I keep “the blogging faith” is that I’ve met […]

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Nonviolence, fighting back without fighting

August 23, 2010

As a long-time martial artist and senior instructor, I’ve seen people stumble or argue over the idea of a Peaceful Warrior or “learning to fight so you don’t ever have to.” There is a balance between inner strength that leads to peace and the inner warrior that honors self and society by being ever ready […]

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This time baby, I’ll be bulletproof

July 31, 2010

The smash technopop hit Bulletproof sung by Elly Jackson of the musical duo La Roux speaks to that desire we all have to find place where fear and doubt are banished behind a skilled resolve not to be hurt by unsafe people. (Face it, with a hairdo akin to Woody Woodpecker, Jackson has to have […]

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Self Defense, simple moves anyone can do

July 19, 2010

Self defense made easy? A list of the best, simple moves? Well, as close to it as I can get on a blog post. This is from my Think Like A Black Belt newsletter #10, which you receive when downloading my free self defense ebook. Some of these moves can knock someone out, but they […]

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Independence Day song for targets of narcissists

July 4, 2010

I love this line in the song by Sara Bareilles King Of Anything: “Who cares if you disagree? You are not me” I heard this today and had to make it an Independence Day song for those dealing with (or done with) their narcissist, crazy maker, unsafe person, or emotional manipulator. Here’s the link to […]

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