Posts Tagged ‘Little Dragons’

Little Dragons Holiday Dojo Kun

In December I once had only one five-year-old show up for a karate class. That was when he came up with the idea of a special Little Dragons Holiday Dojo Kun. I’ve mentioned this hard-working student, Payton, before in a blog. That December day, since Payton was the only student, we had more conversation than…

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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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There’s No Crying in Karate

The Tom Hanks quote, “There’s no crying in baseball,” came out in the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own. Since then, this phrase has gained popularity. We even use it to frame other phrases about sucking it up in other activities and places. That generated the proclamation, there’s no crying in karate! THERE’S NO…

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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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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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On Controlling Yourself, with Braden

Five-year-old Braden is a wise young man. Here we discuss Dojo Kun number five: controlling yourself, and finish his Dojo Kun interviews. (Earlier, he talked about 1: trying to be good, 2: telling the truth, 3: not giving up and 4: being nice.) J: Braden, what is Dojo Kun number five? B: Cultivate per’verance or…

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On Not Giving Up, With Braden

Last time, Braden and I discussed Dojo Kun number two. Today, we’ll discuss not giving up and Dojo Kun number three. J: Braden, what’s Dojo Kun number three? B: Cultivate perseverance or a will for striving. J: What do those big words mean? B: It means don’t give up. J: Don’t give up… and what…

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On Telling the Truth with 5-year-old Braden

Last time, Braden and I discussed Dojo Kun number one. Today, we’ll discuss telling the truth and Dojo Kun number two.   J: Braden, can you say Dojo Kun number two? B: Keep an honest and sincere way. J: Can you put that into easier words your little brother might understand? B: Yes. Tell the truth.…

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On Being Good with 5-Year-Old Braden

J: Braden agreed to talk with us about Dojo Kun number one: being good. He is five, and Braden has enjoyed karate for over a year now. B: Well, sometimes I don’t enjoy it so much like when it’s time for class and I don’t wanna go because I’m building an awesome lego skyscraper or…

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With the Dragons

Poem by Jenifer Tull-Gauger Don’t even try to talk to me When I’m with the dragons. For that short span, A couple times a week, I am in a different world. I must focus all my energy On keeping the dragons busy, Active, productive and learning. They are young and have Short attention spans. They…

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