Archive for November 2013
An Attitude of Gratitude
By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I was “in a funk.” The year had been hard on me. Way too busy. Most of the busyness was good—we had non-stop visits from family and friends, and enriching events to attend. But our finances were severely strained and I saw no solution. My own schedule was pulled in so many…Read More
FIRST TIME AT A DOJO
By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I stepped in the door under the big block “KARATE” letters. A class was going on back in the big, blue-matted room. They were moving and making noise in this local karate school. A lady introduced herself with a friendly smile. “My sons both do karate here,” she said. She told me…Read More
WHY BUY GEAR?
By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Part of traditional etiquette is that a martial arts student should have their own gear – sparring gear, weapons, etc. When a student (or their family) invests in their own gear, it shows their commitment to training. Plus, it’s logical. Even in a small school, it would be impractical for an instructor…Read More
By a long-time karate mom Parents, your support of your karate students is priceless. All the instructors appreciate your encouragement and involvement at the dojo. However, please do not coach or talk to your kids while they are in class. The only exception is in the unlikely event that an otherwise undetected safety situation is…Read More