Archive for July 2013

Karate? Ha HA HAA!

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Shihan, 4th Dan Once, a friend of mine tried our week-long Karate Intro Program.  We’ll call her Mary.  At a young 60 years old she did fine. I never know what to expect when a student steps on the mat for the first time at East Valley Martial Arts – Kenshin Kan. …

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FIGHT, FLIGHT & MIGHT

You have three basic tools to protect yourself.  This goes for children, women and men, karateka and non-students.  I’m talking here to you.  I’m talking about protecting yourself from dangerous people.  I hope you never encounter danger from another, but just being alive has risks.  Let’s not focus here on danger; but on your power…

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A Belt is an Invitation

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Every belt we award a student is an invitation.  Generally, with each rank, we ask you to work on making yourself a better person.  That can be done in many different ways.  Specifically, I have broken down each belt to what I think the invitation means. -WHITE:  Welcome, let’s get to know…

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Sensing Danger

For a martial artist, it may not always be a strict sixth sense that gives a gut-feeling warning.  It may be small, barely detectable signs like an opponent’s body language or facial expression, a voice inflection, or a sound that tells of imminent danger.  Since martial artists deal mostly with people and how they may…

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Karate Kids & Fighting

It can be confusing being a Karate kid.  You are expected to learn how to physically protect yourself and even defend others.  Yet, you are also expected to be well behaved, follow the rules, and use self-control.  In kids’ lives this can be conflicting information. My true story about young Johnny in Little Dragons, illustrates…

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