Posts Tagged ‘East Valley Martial Arts Kenshin Kan’

CHARACTER INFLUENCES

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Dojo Kun #1 is more literally translated from Japanese as “It is important to use perseverance in the completion of human standards.” The Dojo Kun goes on to talk about the virtues of honesty, perseverance, respect and restraint. Some say those are the human standards or moral character traits referred to in…

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DON’T CALL ME LATE FOR DINNER

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Some people say, “I don’t care what you call me, just don’t call me late for dinner.”  Some parents don’t mind their kids calling them by their first names.  Some aunts and uncles prefer their nephews and nieces to call them by their first names, with no endearing family title. Gauger Renshi…

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EVERYTHING I NEED FOR KINDERGARTEN, I LEARNED IN KARATE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Years ago, my husband and I decided not to put our oldest in preschool.  We put much thought into this decision – touring several preschools, and crunching our budget.  We couldn’t afford both preschool and a Little Dragons karate program (even though karate was more affordable than preschool.)  We finally decided on…

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The Dojo Kun

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I was first introduced to the Dojo Kun when our dojo became affiliated with the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance.  I liked it right away and couldn’t help comparing it to the Dojo Creed which had hung in our dojo.  The Dojo Kun was shorter and to-the-point in valuing some high principles.  The…

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THE FREE LESSON

“Hi, My name is Kyle Bata from Sand ton, South Africa.  I would like to know if you can take my colleague and I in private lessons during our vacation in Gilbert, AZ?  How much do you charge?  Regards, Kyle.” This message was in my e-mail inbox.  I e-mailed back with a price for classes…

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LESS KATA, BETTER

-By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Allan Amor Kaicho, head and founder of the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance, taught us to simplify.  Because of him, we focus on teaching 12 base katas, and two weapons katas, before black belt.  We could double that, and more, as some schools do. Learning and knowing more katas does not make a…

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SHOMEN

-By Jenifer Tull-Gauger At the beginning and end of each class, you hear the senior student say, “Shomen ni rei.” Even the youngest students can learn these words, but do you know what they mean? Shomen ni rei means face the front and show respect.  When these words are spoken, it is a request to…

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WHAT IS A DOJO? & WHY AM I HERE?

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I like to say that the people make the dojo, or the dojo is the people (who are working together).  Welcome to the concept of Dojo Family!  When you are part of an organization, it is important to know why that group exists, and to know your own role in it. So,…

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BASIC EXERCISES – OVERVIEW

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Renshi A fellow karateka recently reminded us that when it comes to technique (and other things in life!) everything springs from the basics.  Our dojo, East Valley Martial Arts – Kenshin Kan (part of the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance) has implemented Basic Exercises 1 thru 10 in full. Basic Exercises 1 thru…

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FIRST TIME AT A DOJO

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I stepped in the door under the big block “KARATE” letters.  A class was going on back in the big, blue-matted room.  They were moving and making noise in this local karate school. A lady introduced herself with a friendly smile.  “My sons both do karate here,” she said.  She told me…

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