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my vantage point

I love having parents, family members and the general public come to the dojo and observe our classes.  I think it shows great support for the people participating in our classes.  However, I sometimes wonder what you see from your point of view.  Some of the comments I hear tell me it’s different from what…

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Learning responsibility

Learning responsibility is our theme for the kids in our current session of karate classes.  We can look at what it means to be responsible in many ways, whether it be for kids or adults.   There is being responsible to meet your financial obligations, following through on a commitment, doing your homework and being…

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Edith Bunker (part 2)

Last week I talked about a very powerful episode of the old tv show “All in the Family”.  Just like the 2 part episode of “Edith’s 50th birthday”, there is more to a sexual assault than just the physical act itself.  While Edith did manage to get away, the mental and emotional toll it took…

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Edith Bunker (part 1)

Back in the 1970s, there was a show called All in the Family.  The main characters in the sitcom, if you aren’t familiar with it, were Archie and Edith Bunker.  On October 16, 1977, the episode “Edith’s 50th Birthday” was aired.  Written by Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf and directed by Paul Bogart, it was…

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Get out of your way

Sometimes, the only thing holding us back from achieving what we want is ourselves.  We lack the self-confidence to go out there and just try. There are tons of quotes and cliches out there regarding this hurdle. Getting past our own insecurities can be coached by others, but only actually done for and by ourselves.…

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Congratulations!

We had a very exciting week here at our dojo. Our founder, Kyoshi Brad Wells, paid us a visit and we celebrated 4 long time students earning their black belts.  These young people have been studying and practicing for many years, in some cases for over 10 years.  They started young and practiced hard, working…

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Fighting the fear of fighting

Sparring can be scary.  Even higher ranking students can find this intimidating.  Whether it is sport fighting or practice for self-defense – it doesn’t matter; our brains are trained to be nice.  Being nice is a good thing!  However, it tends to hold us back when we are either learning to fight in a ring…

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Letting them down easy isn’t letting them down at all

The definition of tenacity is the state of holding on to an idea or a thing very strongly per http://yourdicftionary.com.  Often in our society, we value this trait as in when an athlete finishes a race or game after they have been injured.  However, it’s not always a positive thing, like when it makes someone else…

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…and another thing!

I’m sure you’ve had it happen to you, but if not, you’ve seen it happen with someone else. You and a member of the opposite sex get into an argument; the male in the argument gets angry, blows up and storms out.  He comes back a short time later, calmer and maybe ready to come…

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re-start

I love September.  It always feels like a time of renewal to me; more so than New Year’s Day.  I know that may seem odd, since fall is just around the corner, but it’s the start of a new school year and football season and with summer coming to an end, it seems like a…

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