Book Review: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Let’s face reality, we live in a world with an overabundance of nice guys.  Nice guys, unlike the adjective to describe them, are actually anything but nice.  They are often manipulative, passive-aggressive, and miserable.

But how can this be?  They’re…nice, aren’t they?  How can these “nice guys” not only be the exact opposite, but become even worse the harder they try? Continue reading “Book Review: No More Mr. Nice Guy”

Focusing Through Negative Visualization

Our society tends to avoid most things with the term negative in it, but that is doing a disservice to yourself.  The fact of the matter is, using negative visualization is a powerful tool that not only helps you keep things in proper perspective, but will push you to new heights. Continue reading “Focusing Through Negative Visualization”

Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Child

So it’s another weekend and your kid is clinging to your pants leg, begging you for money to buy that candy bar/toy/video game they’ve had their eye on.  It’s something every parent experiences often before your child can even talk (no joke, my kids were pointing at the animal cracker boxes at the grocery store before the age of 2).

Rather than treating this as an annoyance, instead look at it as an opportunity to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in your child.  Continue reading “Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Child”

3 Ways to Harness Your Inner Stoic

Stoicism seems to be a rather fashionable thing for many young men to talk about on the internet, but judging by their other conversations, I’m often left wondering if it’s just for show and they don’t really practice what they preach.

Stoicism is a rather rich and complex philosophy, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll narrow it down to it’s most basic interpretation Continue reading “3 Ways to Harness Your Inner Stoic”

The Backhanded Insult That Will Fix Your Marriage

Okay, okay, I will admit that this article headline is a bit clickbaity, but the subject we’re talking about is indeed valuable (dubious titles aside).

Today we’re discussing probably the most powerful backhanded insult you can give either your wife or LTR.  The reason it is so powerful is because it works on multiple levels, eliciting both positive and negative feelings. Continue reading “The Backhanded Insult That Will Fix Your Marriage”

A Slight Change of Focus

Aikido, like all martial arts, devotes a lot of time to focus on the individual.  However, unlike most martial arts, whose sole focus is on the physical, Aikido spends much more time on the mental and spiritual aspects.  Whether or not you believe in chi, life forces, etc, softer styles like Aikido offer a unique perspective not just on the individual, but to your entire life.

One exercise we do from time to time is a little something called Unbendable Arm.   Continue reading “A Slight Change of Focus”

When You Must Regress In Order To Progress

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

-Winston Churchill

Oftentimes, when we are trying to improve something, we reach a plateau that seems impossible to surpass.  No matter how hard we try, the wall blocking our path sometimes seem impenetrable.  The frustration sits in and many either give up or throw themselves against the wall with reckless abandon. Continue reading “When You Must Regress In Order To Progress”

Every Day Matters

At church last Sunday, we had a guest preacher speak to us regarding following the teachings of the Bible.  While I was listening,  I was struck by a secondary message that was part of his sermon, but also applicable to all aspects of a man’s life: Every day matters.

To be quite honest, I would have passed over this little piece of his sermon if I had not heard the exact same message the previous day at my Taekwondo testing, albeit formatted differently to fit the audience. Continue reading “Every Day Matters”

Celebrating AKC’s First Birthday

From Jak

Yes ladies and gentlemen, today marks A King’s Castle’s first full year up and running on the interwebs and what a year it has been!

I’m going to be honest with you.  When J. Nyx and I first thought up the idea of creating A King’s Castle, I knew we were onto something big, but I had no idea that we would explode the way we did in just one year! Continue reading “Celebrating AKC’s First Birthday”

The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo

The 5 tenets of Taekwondo are basic attributes expected out of every student that decides to take part in a class, but I would argue they are valuable for everyone to work on improving, not just martial artists.

For just 5 basic tenets, there seems to be a lot of confusion and controversy around them and their meaning.  It’s my goal to help clear some of this up as well as provide my take on them.  If these types of articles are something our readers are interested in, I will go on to cover the tenets/principles of other martial arts in the future.  Let’s begin. Continue reading “The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo”