GUEST POST: Karate-Chop Your Music and Your Life

The following is a guest post by Mark Powers. Mark is a world percussionist and world traveler who blogs for creative-types at In addition to performing and teaching, Mark has released Ritimista, a world percussion play-along CD and is former co-holder of the Guinness World Record for Longest Drum Roll by a Group.

I don’t know that James Wing Woo has ever strummed a guitar or tapped a drum. But I do know that the legendary Kenpo Karate Master (who turns 88 years old next week) has often spoken words that can prove valuable to all of us, in both musical and non-musical areas of our lives. Let’s begin by meditating on this simple, yet powerful, gem: