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10 Lessons, Worth Their Weight In Gold

10 Lessons, Worth Their Weight In Gold

Posted: August 06, 2019

Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well. 

Are you serious about your progress? 

I bet you are.

Otherwise, you wouldn’t have opened this blog.

Today can be a pivotal point in your training. 

You can move the fulcrum over, extend the lever, and increase your effectiveness.  

I would like to share a few of the key principles that TCMA was founded upon. 

These concepts were instilled in me through the profound influence of my first instructor, Master R. Prett. 

He taught me these 10 gems when I was a kid, but I learned them when I became an adult. 

Here goes...


1. Martial Arts is not a pastime, it is a lifestyle. 

2. Self-improvement is the most effective form of self-defense. 

3. Black Belt is the minimum goal of every serious Martial Artist. 

4. We study Martial Arts, and we learn about ourselves. 

5. We practice self-defense, we develop self-control, and the result is self-confidence.

6. We seek perfection, and settle for excellence.

7. We are not invincible, immortal, or indestructible. 

8. The most important factor in all success is a Non-Quitting Spirit. 

9. The most effective way to learn Martial Arts is to become an  instructor. 

10. The most effective way to teach Martial Arts is to remain a student.

I look forward to seeing you and your family in class at the Dojo!



Thomas Clifford 

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