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Being a good partner

The past 2 weeks in our karate classes, we have been working on some new partner drills. Doing partner drills can be challenging because not only do you have to learn the drill, but you also have to learn how to be a good partner so that your training partner can learn as well.  When…

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a matter of perspective

In karate, bunkai is the analysis of kata; a way to determine the practical application of the movements. This process can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.  As an instructor, I teach basic bunkai to my students to try to get them to understand the movements; that it’s not…

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flexibility

Many people neglect flexibility in their fitness routines.  All of my students have been taught flexibility exercises, but few actually do them.  I have a limited amount of time with my students every week, so I like to take my instruction time in teaching them karate, not supervising them on basic calisthenics  and stretching. I…

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Take the new year by the horns!

I thought about not doing the cliche end of the year/start of a new year type of blog.  However, there have been people that have brought to my attention that yes, the discussion is needed. I was in between classes when a woman walked in to the gym where we train.  She was trying to…

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Warriors

Merriam-webster.com defines the word “warrior” as 1. a man engaged or experienced in warfare: or 2. a person engaged in some struggle or conflict.  It originates from the Middle English “werreour”: to wage war. It brings to mind images of soldiers, knights, vikings, spartans, samurai, gladiators and the like.  However, I run into warriors every…

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Just some observations

Last week was the last regular week of our karate session before the holidays.  I like to focus on sparring the last week of each session.  The students work hard on techniques and kata all session and it’s a good opportunity to be able to put some of what they learned into practice.  However, it’s…

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Let the wind blow…

During the last week, we have been testing in all our novice and junior karate classes.  It was a very exciting week, but in some ways it was stressful too.  While all the kids did very well (I am extremely proud of all of them), some did better than others.  It is sometimes hard for…

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A body in motion…

Recently, I have had several students, both kids and adults, going through some emotionally hard times.  They all came to me considering taking some time off from karate.  My advice to them is always the same…don’t do it!  While I never want to lose a student for any reason, that is not the motivation for…

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Manipulation

Physical abuse can often be seen, but what about what you can’t see?  What about the things agencies like PADA and the police can’t do anything about?  What about the emotional manipulation that crushes self-esteem, makes you feel badly about things you are proud of and makes your soul feel dark?  In these blogs, I…

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Being excellent

I was talking with the kids in karate class this week about being excellent.  I asked them if the wanted their karate to be ok or excellent.  They all agreed they wanted to be excellent except for one student who really wants to be ultimate!  According to www.merriam-webster.com, excellence is “extremely high quality”. How then,…

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