Posts Tagged ‘beginning karate’

THE PERFECT TRAINING PARTNER

There is a place inside all of us that longs to feel connected, as to a twin. A couple of years ago, we had a teenaged young lady start karate.  She was a bright, positive student.  She would have liked to see other beginner females her age at the dojo.  I think that is why…

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Fred McCready Learns to Say Yes

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger Fred, like you and me, wanted to be good and yet he was a flawed human.  He had learned as a kid to just go along with things, to not rock the boat.  When asked if he wanted a drink of water, he’d mumble a reply, “yeah” or “nah.”  Sometimes he’d be…

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IS KARATE A BOOT TO THE HEAD?

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Also called “Boot to the Head,” “Ti Kwan Leep” is a skit by the Canadian Comedy troupe, The Frantics, (1987). In it, an Eastern martial arts master starts class by explaining the basic philosophy of a fictional martial art called “Ti Kwan Leep.” An impatient new student, Ed Gruberman, continually interrupts the master,…

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ALL PRISSY & READY FOR KARATE ?

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger A while back, the mom of a karate student came to me with concerns that her daughter was not being given as detailed instruction as the boys.  I asked questions to try to get to the root of this issue.  She told me that she thought it was me giving the boys…

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Wisdom for Beginning Karate Students

Vincent Muller Renshi recently became a proud grandfather, but he has been wise for a long time. Several years ago he visited East Valley Martial Arts Kenshin Kan, in Gilbert, AZ, where we train in Ryukyu Kempo. During this visit, we learned some valuable tidbits from him. As one of the head instructors, I wrote…

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