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I am a martial arts teacher. This is my 40th year of practice and my 30th year of teaching the martial arts professionally. I wish this kind of dialog had been a regular part of my training as an up-and-coming black belt instructor. It wasn't, but I am happy to, at this stage of the game, have a place to come receive the kind of information Ms. Diamond discusses.

"Discipline, the ability to exercise discipline...is much more important than a high I.Q."

Yes, wonderful, the practice of the martial arts, especially for young people, may indeed have some merit (said with a smile)! Ms. Diamond, Ms. Tippett, Amercian Public Media, thank you.

I also wrote down:

"Leading a sedentary life is terrible for your brain."

The Covey talking stick reference --(and note, I'm going to encourage my rather large network of martial arts teachers, to bring THAT idea into their schools. The power of listening!)
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"Learn things by doing."

"...keep experiencing it" (a reminder of the power of repetitive practice).

It's all in the discipline I've spent my life practicing/teaching, and it's wonderful to hear it so beautifully described. I have been reminded that I am, as a teacher of the martial arts, a part of the village, and that the way we practice fits into the story of Ms. Diamond's ideas and study.

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