Karate Teaches Fitness: A Before and After Portrait

My fitness improved considerably just by going to class and advancing through the ranks. I was consistently challenged, but not too much so. As I became an advanced student, I realized the importance of practicing my moves at home and on my own time.

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Confidence and Conversations

Before karate, I lacked confidence. I dreaded when people talked with me. If I didn’t know the person well, I felt uncomfortable, even pained by talking with them.

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Karate Teaches Focus: Here’s How

Karate teaches focus with goals such as belts, stripes, great job tickets, and instruction in goal setting. When students learn to target specific goals, this helps build a focused foundation.

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Symbol for Ryukyu on Karate Book Cover

The name for this symbol for Ryukyu is the mitsudomoe. Mitsudomoe has a literal meaning of “three comma-looking shapes.” The Ryukyu island chain makes up what used to be an independent country called the Ryukyu Kingdom.

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Secret Teachings of Karate

Many of the secret teachings of karate cannot be transferred by books and writings. Many lessons must be learned in your heart by doing, by being there.

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Martial Arts Teach Peace

The statement that martial arts teach peace may sound self-contradicting. Martial arts are, literally, arts of war. They teach how to fight. But when the teacher of a martial art is following a moral path, they also teach how to prevent conflict and how not to fight.

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Karate Teaches Respect

Karate teaches respect by requiring listening to the instructor and focusing on yourself doing your best. In classes students are required to keep their hands to themselves. When working with partners, students are expected to follow the rules of conduct.

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