Outside Your Comfort Zone

Thank you for joining us in following the journey of Flat Ninja! Flat Ninja (and his travel companion Angie) are stepping outside their comfort zone and driving across the country to undertake a new job, and a new home, in a new city. Our To-Shin Do logo encapsulates this spirit; you will notice that the [...]

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DEDICATION

Dedication- a travel log with Flat Ninja. One of our NPMAC coaches, Angie, has taken a job in Tennessee. She was (and is) an integral part of our dojo family. Angie’s dedication to NPMAC and the art of To-Shin Do is shining through; she has already committed to continue to train via Skype and in [...]

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Endure…A blog post by Matt Zeyn

As with almost all “words” in the Japanese kanji language, Shinobi has several possible translations. The one I am primarily interested in is this: one who endures. Even this seemingly simple translation itself also gives rise to several possible ideas. Webster’s dictionary offers the following definitions of the English word endure. : to continue to [...]

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The Secret to Raising a Kind Daughter

Read this article on the secret to raising a kind daughter. I think it applies to us all. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kari-kubiszyn-kampakis/raising-a-kind-daughter_b_4661700.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

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Finding the Gift of Living Masterfully

Finding the Gift of Living Masterfully A blog by Stephen K. Hayes Click the picture

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The Modern Ninja Perspective: Stephen K. Hayes

http://lifeofafighter.com/2013/12/the-modern-ninja-perspective-stephen-k-hayes/ A wonderful article with Stephen K. Hayes view of spirituality in the martial arts. It takes a bold person to look inward during their training journey. Our dojo has many walks of life involved- people with all kinds of religious and spiritual backgrounds. Yet, the common theme of our student creed and code of ethics [...]

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Thousand Oaks Safest City

Thousand Oaks was just voted the safest city in California (of cities with a population over 100,000). I am honored to live here and raise my family here. So, why, if we are so safe, do we need so many “fighting” martial arts schools? Why should we train in martial arts in Newbury Park, Thousand [...]

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Your Brain on Yoga

Your brain on yoga- this is a great article from the October edition of Fitness Magazine:     Feeling fuzzy at your afternoon meeting? Trade your lunchtime job for a quickie yoga session. New research shows that hitting the mat for just 20 minutes boosts cognitive performance more that running does; this may be because [...]

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September 11th….I’m Not Changing A Thing 9/11

It’s September 11th, and I’m not changing a thing. Did this grab your attention? I hope so. You read this right- this warrior isn’t changing a thing. I warn you- don’t jump to conclusions- gather all the information and read on. You see, so many people go about their day- day after day- absorbed in [...]

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Don’t Let Go, Daddy….

Don’t Let Go, Daddy….   I am a child of the 70’s. I played outside. A lot. I rode my bike all over town…in a town with two thousand people and two traffic lights (through I hear now they are down to one traffic light). We built homemade bike ramps and jumped the bikes like [...]

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