Posts Tagged ‘East Valley Martial Arts Kenshin Kan’

Self-Discipline through Traditional Karate

Traditional Karate builds self-discipline in many ways. Parents appreciate the discipline in kids karate. Over time, that  leads to self-discipline. But I started training as an adult and my self-discipline skills are from martial arts. It could be because I was a young adult and my brain had not quite finished developing. But I believe that with…

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Name Changes: A Japanese Tradition

Over the years, I have noticed that Okinawan and Japanese people historically change their names – a lot. Usually their last name or surname evolves. But there are also nicknames bestowed that seem to take the place of given names. About 60 percent down on this Wikipedia listing, under “Historical Names” and “Professional Names” you…

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WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING

Young children may refer to class as “playing karate.”  However they will also play at cleaning house, going to the office, and building things.  Karate requires hard work; all martial arts do, when done right. HOW KARATE REQUIRES HARD WORK Karate physically challenges us, not just in endurance or strength, but also in balance, coordination…

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Generic American Martial Arts

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger A thoughtful friend posed this on our Facebook page: I would like someone like the Tull-Gaugers to develop an “American Martial Arts” – a generic Kung Fu or Karate that all Americans could know and practice at school or home. My response: I agree that people need to take responsibility in learning…

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KARATE SNOWBIRD

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger We praise Baby Boomers for blazing trails and we at East Valley Martial Arts in Mesa have our own black belt baby boomer doing just that, in karate. Most at our dojo have met Mr. Marty Siemon of Tempe, and many have had the opportunity to learn from him, or train with…

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Preserving and Promoting

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger When I was around green belt, I went for the first time to participate in my dojo’s karate demo at a library.  Since then, I have been a part of demonstrating with my dojo at neighborhood block parties, a pre-school and elementary schools, Mesquite High School, a NOVA tournament, Superstition Springs Mall,…

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OKINAWA TRIP 21: GRAND FINALE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger On the first leg of our Okinawa trip, we stopped overnight in Hawaii, and got to witness a beautiful sunset along with a rainbow.  That night inspired this haiku: Waikiki sunset! tourists clamor in the street soba in bellies Here are two highlights of our trip on video, as promised.  These kata…

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OKINAWA TRIP 20: HAWAII OKINAWAN CULTURAL CENTER

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We were able to stop over in Hawaii for two full days, plus a little longer, before we landed on the mainland (U. S. A.).  Several years prior, I had come across the Hawaii United Okinawa Association online while researching Okinawa.  I had determined then that if I ever went to Hawaii,…

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OKINAWA TRIP 17: SHURI CASTLE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger On Saturday, July 4th, we went to Shuri Castle, in the capitol city of Naha.  There were a lot of (mostly) Asian tourists there, and it was fairly crowded.  Our hosts worked their magic with the attendants in the full parking garage and finagled enough parking for our whole group. Shuri Castle…

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OKINAWA TRIP 13: HAKUGIN-DO TEMPLE & BASEBALL

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We had at least a few hours before our evening baseball game, and only had use of one vehicle at this time.  Hakugin-do Temple waited about a 30-minute drive away from Naha. This shrine to self-control topped my “must do” list for the trip. Depue Renshi, Gauger Renshi, Tull-Gauger Sensei and I…

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