“In life, it’s not where you go—it’s who you travel with.” –Charles M. Schulz.
There’s no better feeling than having your buddies join you on the path of karate at the dojo. In the early 2000’s, a young man named Brandon LaBorde heard about our dojo from a buddy in his writing class. He tried karate and liked it! After becoming a black belt, he loyally took his responsibilities to heart. Today he is the Sempai of our dojo—the second in command and “big brother number one” of all the students.
FROM ONE BUDDY TO ANOTHER
Now we have come full circle, because we recently had a good buddy of Sempai’s start karate with us, along with his kids. But that does not close the circle and end the story. It is just the completion of one such cycle, and the beginning of a new chapter. This buddy cycle will continue to repeat in various ways. And the great thing about it is that traditional karate is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family, and your buddies.
BUDDIES VISITING THE DOJO
Over the years I have seen a lot of buddies come to the dojo and for many of them, the fun and benefits of karate are contagious. Some of our best students started karate with us because they were encouraged to by a “karate friend.” We love students who try our programs on a karate friend’s referral, because they have a good idea that we stand for family, traditional values, and strong life-protection techniques.
CONTINUE THE BUDDY CYCLE
This month, you can invite your buddies to join us with a Guest Pass for a free class in November. That way we can work together to be stronger, more united, and better able to protect ourselves and each other. Maybe one day we’ll be able to call your guests our buddies too.
By Jenifer Tull-Gauger