Posts Tagged ‘karate kids’

Chuckle Moments in Little Dragons Class

In my nearly 20 years of involvement at our dojo and in the Alliance I have witnessed plenty of funny chuckle moments that are martial arts related. We practice an art that encourages discipline, so many times I have to keep a straight face while on the inside I’m laughing giddily. Here I would like…

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Karate Kid Fun: Glimpse into Dojo Hilarity

One of the perks I have as a martial arts instructor is seeing karate kid fun first-hand. Kids say and do the some of the funniest things. We run a tight, disciplined ship in class, but we have fun too. Your perk today? You don’t have to put in the hard work, sweat, concern, tears…

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Kids in Karate: What Parents Love

Chuck Norris is quoted as saying, “Karate is one of the best things you can do for your child.” And there are many reasons to enroll your kids in karate ASAP. But maybe it’s one of those things that you can’t truly appreciate until you’ve experienced it. Here are my favorite things about being a…

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Karate Parent Mistakes: Top 5

A karate parent is a parent with a minor child or children in a karate program. Karate parents are integral to any good dojo. Their children need their support to reap the benefits of kids karate. These loyal adult sponsors can be shining stars, lending their brilliance to any traditional dojo. And they can sometimes…

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Kids’ Karate Mistakes – Top 5

Okay, children, it’s your turn to find out the top 5 kids’ karate mistakes in training. I’m not picking on anyone here. I’m sharing the knowledge from my years of experience as a karate instructor, student, and karate parent. This is in the hopes that we can learn from other’s missteps, grow our wisdom, and…

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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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Kids’ Movies with Martial Arts Lessons

There are a lot of movies with martial arts made for kids. Here, I will focus on the more popular, higher-rated ones and the martial arts lessons they promote. Note: I am talking about the word lesson as in the moral of the story, or the take-away. I am not comparing watching a movie to…

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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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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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Five-Year-Old Karate

A five-year-old Little Dragons student arrived as I prepared and pulled things together for that night’s karate classes. This was one of many evenings in our ongoing karate program. The five-year-old asked confidently, “Hey, Renshi, whatcha doin’?” His sudden outgoing nature surprised me and made me proud. This is the same boy who used to…

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