Five-Year-Old Karate

A five-year-old Little Dragons student arrived as I prepared and pulled things together for that night’s karate classes. This was one of many evenings in our ongoing karate program. The five-year-old asked confidently, “Hey, Renshi, whatcha doin’?” His sudden outgoing nature surprised me and made me proud. This is the same boy who used to…

Read More

Restraint with Chris

Here, Chris, and I discuss restraint and Dojo Kun number five. Last time, we talked about number four and respect. Chris is a respectful, intermediate adult karate practitioner. J: What’s the literal translation of Dojo Kun number five? C: It’s important to keep control over the fire that can rage in your blood. J: What…

Read More

Traditions of Respect with Chris

Here, Chris gives his view on traditions of respect and Dojo Kun number four. Last time, we talked about number three and a will for striving. Chris is a nearly-to-his-ideal-weight intermediate adult karate student. J: Will you translate Dojo Kun number four? C: It’s important to take the traditions of respect seriously. J: So the…

Read More

A Will for Striving with Chris

Here, Chris and I discuss a will for striving and Dojo Kun number three. Last time, we talked about number two and guarding the path of truth. Chris is an intermediate traditional karate student who spends a lot of time studying the kanji in the Dojo Kun. J: What is the literal translation of Dojo…

Read More

Truth and Sincerity with Chris

This time, Chris, an adult karate student, will talk about truth and Dojo Kun number two. Last time, he discussed number one and human standards. Chris has trained in traditional karate for about a year and a half. J: What is the literal translation of Dojo Kun number two? C: It’s important to keep on,…

Read More

Human Standards with Chris

We finally get to hear from an adult about human standards and the other Dojo Kuns. Chris is a laid-back family man. He has been in traditional karate for a year and a half. J: Chris, from talking with you, it sounds like you take the Dojo Kun’s meaning in Japanese literally. C: Yes, studying…

Read More

SELF CONTROL WITH EMMA

Self control is very important, especially for 13-year-olds like Emma. Here is what this insightful karate teen had to say about it. (Last time, Emma discussed respect with me.) J: Emma, will you put Dojo Kun number five into your own words? E: Yes, if someone is saying mean things and making you mad, don’t…

Read More

RESPECT WITH EMMA

Here, I discuss respect with a karate teen. Last time, Emma had a lot to say about perseverance.   J: How would you describe Dojo Kun number four? E: Always work at having respect, even in your attitude. J: Do you think a person could act respectfully, but with a disrespectful attitude? E: Well, yes.…

Read More

PERSEVERANCE WITH EMMA

Here is what 13-year-old Emma said about perseverance. Last time, this karate student talked about sincerity. J: How do you explain Dojo Kun number three? E: To grow or create more perseverance is: constantly get better at not giving up. J: Okay. E: A will for striving is important too. My nana says, “Where there…

Read More

SINCERITY WITH EMMA

Here you will find what 13-year-old Emma has to say about sincerity and honesty.  Last time, she talked about moral character. J: What does Dojo Kun number two, “Keep an honest and sincere way.” mean to you? E: It means, be honest with yourself and others, and use sincerity in your daily life. J: How…

Read More