“Wishing All of My Friends and Students a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!
The Martial Arts World of George Fitzgerald
During my 43 years as a Martial Artist I have been blessed to have met so many wonderful teachers, students, friends and colleagues. In fact, my entire life has been shaped by the multi-faceted benefits of the Martial Arts. As with so many others around the world, this passion of mine was, and continues to be, inspired by Lee Hsiao Loong … Bruce Lee, the Little Dragon.
So with the utmost respect and sincere gratitude, on what would have been his 76th birthday … Happy Birthday Bruce!!!
I was extremely grateful and felt very honoured to receive my second Hall of Fame award in the space of two weeks, this time at the fantastic UK Martial Arts Show.
It was a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by great Martial Artists of all ages and all backgrounds. reveling in the arts that we passionately train in, study and teach – day in, day out, year after year. I was especially fortunate to spend some special, one-on-one time with Bob Sykes (truly much appreciated) and with my great friend Bill Wallace. I must also give special thanks to some other brilliant people that it’s my good fortune to know … Bobby KickboxSingh Rayatt, Ben Lewis, Pete Mac, Shaun Boland, Paul Barnett and Dean Williams.
Congratulations to all those who received an award, including my good friend Darren Le Fevre who unfortunately could not attend (thanks Darren for giving me the honour of collecting your award on your behalf) … and thanks to friends, family and students for making it possible in the first place.
A HUGE Thank You to Bob Sykes and Paul Barnett for nominating me to receive an award at the Martial Arts Illustrated Black Belt Hall of Fame Awards. It was a FANTASTIC evening, shared with many wonderful Martial Artists, new and old friends alike. I am so very proud to be part of this amazing brotherhood and life … Martial Arts Forever!!!
Like many people around the world, on the 31st of August I remembered the sad passing three years ago of my friend and teacher, the late and great Joe Lewis.
I first got to meet and train with Joe back in the year 2000 … what a FANTASTIC way to begin this New Millennium!! After reading about him for so many years it was awe-inspiring to finally meet Joe. To then eventually go on to become one of his Black Belts and a member of the wonderful Joe Lewis Fighting Systems Family is a tremendous honor and privilege, something I will always treasure.
Gone but never forgotten may be somewhat of an overused expression, but certainly in Joe’s case these words will always ring true. Thank You Grand Master Joe, may you forever Rest In Peace.
Please watch this wonderful video dedicated to my late friend and teacher, the Legendary Joe Lewis. It was created by Joe Corley at a time when Joe Lewis was facing his greatest battle. Joe, you will NEVER be forgotten and you have the eternal gratitude of countless people all around the world. I Thank You with all my heart for what you did for me personally. Rest In Peace my friend.
If ever you walk past a seafood restaurant , perhaps on a seaside pier, you may see a big barrel, without a lid, that is full of live crabs. On seeing this you could be forgiven in thinking that the crabs could easily jump out and fall back into the sea.
But you would be wrong. If you spent some time observing them, you’d be surprised to notice that, every time one of the crabs tried to get to the edge of the barrel to escape, all the other ones would pull him back in.
Who are the crabs in your life? Who and what is holding you back from doing what you want? When you decide to work-out, go on a diet, or do something worthwhile, who and what stops you?
There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all, except for just two words every ten years.
After spending his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk and said, “Bed … hard!”
After another ten years had passed this same monk went to the head monk and this time said, “Food … stinks!”
Yet another ten years passed and the monk once again met with the head monk, this time saying, “I … quit!”
“Well, I can see why,” replied the head monk. “All you ever do is complain!!”
SIFU George Says…
“ I believe that we have the choice to either focus on the positive aspects of our lives or dwell on the negatives. The monk in this story chose the negatives and therefore was not accomplishing much – he was basically wasting his time. Although he spoke only six words in thirty years, he did nothing but complain the whole time – in his head. That’s why he had nothing better to say when he had the chance.”
Perhaps the most important person to be loyal to, is yourself. Are you? Chances are good that you are way down on the list of who and what you care for.
What does being loyal to yourself mean? Commitment to the values you deem important. For example, do you think your family’s health is important? If so, your health is important too, because you are an important member of the family. You need to do the things that keep you healthy. You need to eat right. Sure, you are busy at work and taking care of the family, but who is going to do all the work if you get sick? It’s easy to skip lunch and eat junk food instead, but would you allow your children to do that? Then why allow yourself. Take the extra 10 minutes to eat a real meal.
In order to stay healthy, you need to exercise three times a week, or more if possible. Martial arts training is one of the best overall exercises, so attending class regularly, or taking quality private lessons, is good for you and good for your family.
As important as it is to take care of yourself physically, so is taking care of yourself emotionally. You must keep the promises you make to yourself, just as you keep the promises you make to others. Every time you cheat yourself, it is like dripping water on a rock. It does not appear to have any noticeable effect, but over time it can erode your self-esteem.
Commitment and support are the keys to loyalty. Commit to being as good a friend to yourself as you are to your family and friends. Support the good habits that keep you healthy and strong, so that you can continue to serve those you love.