Martial Arts

Goal-Setting with Karate

Goal-setting was unknown to me as a child and youth. I had dreams, hopes and standards. But I did not have the tool of writing down smart goals for a roadmap to help me accomplish what I wanted. As a young adult I learned how to set well-crafted goals from my karate instructor, Michael Newland…

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Group Gratitude

This year perhaps more than any before, our dojo has evolved into a group effort. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our students and their families in the setting of their dojo. Here, we practice gratitude for the blessings that have strengthened our dojo this year. We are all part of a team…

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Holidays are Here

It is fitting that we have cheerful, bright, loud holidays to finish out December. And even more suitable that they encourage us to be together with friends and family. The longest, darkest weeks of the year are upon us, with the longest night of winter equinox, being around December 21st. We need the holidays as…

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Self-Improvement in One Minute

I once used the “one minute principle” for self-improvement with my five-year-old, without even knowing it. My son had developed the habit of sleeping in bed with me, and I felt he was old enough to sleep in his own bed. So, when I tucked him in I said, “Just stay in your bed for one minute.…

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WE PROMOTE TRADITIONAL VALUES

As a traditional Okinawan karate school, East Valley Martial Arts promotes time-honored values. These are the standards that any sensible and loving great-grandmother would have wished her offspring to learn. These principles would help her progeny to take control of living their own best lives. You don’t have to use words like “progeny” to be…

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Invite Your Buddies to the Karate Path

“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…

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Kids Karate: 3 Reasons to Enroll Now

At East Valley Martial Arts, our Kids Karate Program for ages six through twelve is our most popular program. Parents appreciate that our instructors reinforce traditional values for children. I cannot speak to what other schools do, as my specialty is teaching here. However, with a little research, parents from other areas can determine if…

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Why Martial Arts for your Preschooler?

Many parents of young children recognize the value of martial arts in teaching important skills. But some wait until their child is older before they look into classes. If your preschooler is interested, now is a good time to start their training. These are a few of ways the martial arts benefit young children. FITNESS &…

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9 Ways to Live Longer

We can learn a lot from Okinawan elders. Not just awesome karate, but we can all adopt their ways to live longer. Okinawa is known for having the highest population of adults over 100 years old, and more importantly, the longest disability-free life expectancy in the world, meaning they tend to live longer, higher quality…

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Lead the Japanese Way

When young, our parents and other adults caretakers lead us. As toddlers, their leadership takes a vital role in our development as well as our safety and well-being. Long ago, a Japanese friend of mine told me, “In Japan, we don’t say ‘no’ to kids.” “Oh?” I prompted. She said, “If a child is going to…

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