Archive for November 2012

The Proper Care & Feeding of Shihans

When you have a Shihan or Shihans, you see that they are different from other people in your life. They want you to grow and be safe, and they are committed to your best interest, but they are not your parents. Their main aim is to teach you and help you learn, but they are not like other teachers. They help you achieve your goals and be your best, but they are not coaches. Because a relationship with a Shihan is unique it can be hard to know how to care for your Shihan.

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I know a young woman who received a life-changing gift on her birthday many years ago.  It was her husband’s gift of karate lessons for both of them to take together. They loved traditional karate from the start.  The teacher’s contagious positive attitude and mutual respect flowed throughout the school.  Karate provided a fun path…

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