Posts Tagged ‘perseverance’

Kung Fu Panda Messages

Kung Fu Panda came out ten years ago. This well-made movie has artistic animation, and whimsical lines and action. It has wise messages that still ring true in karate. KUNG FU PANDA SECRET INGREDIENT Toward the end of the movie a great fight scene takes place. Kung Fu Panda fights the bad guy, Tai Lung,…

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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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Traditional Karate builds Fitness

One benefit of all martial arts is that training in them improves fitness. No matter your style, you will gain physical fitness when you train. There are some additional physical benefits from the specific style of traditional Okinawan karate. That’s what we practice at our dojo. Here are the top five ways that traditional karate…

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Positive Attitude through Karate: 5 Ways

Recently, we have been looking at some of the unwritten dojo rules at East Valley Martial Arts. One of these expectations is having a good attitude. We explain to our kids that a positive attitude means that even if you have a bad day, you do your best to put a smile on your face…

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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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Kintsukoroi and Friendship

Kintsukoroi, also called kintsugi, is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Kintsukoroi means “golden repair.” The process creates a unique and even more beautiful piece than the original. Gold veins show that the pottery has a story, and resilience is part of its story. This is a good symbol for perseverance as in Dojo…

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Self-Improvement in One Minute

I once used the “one minute principle” for self-improvement with my five-year-old, without even knowing it. My son had developed the habit of sleeping in bed with me, and I felt he was old enough to sleep in his own bed. So, when I tucked him in I said, “Just stay in your bed for one minute.…

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WE PROMOTE TRADITIONAL VALUES

As a traditional Okinawan karate school, East Valley Martial Arts promotes time-honored values. These are the standards that any sensible and loving great-grandmother would have wished her offspring to learn. These principles would help her progeny to take control of living their own best lives. You don’t have to use words like “progeny” to be…

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A Will for Striving with Chris

Here, Chris and I discuss a will for striving and Dojo Kun number three. Last time, we talked about number two and guarding the path of truth. Chris is an intermediate traditional karate student who spends a lot of time studying the kanji in the Dojo Kun. J: What is the literal translation of Dojo…

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PERSEVERANCE WITH EMMA

Here is what 13-year-old Emma said about perseverance. Last time, this karate student talked about sincerity. J: How do you explain Dojo Kun number three? E: To grow or create more perseverance is: constantly get better at not giving up. J: Okay. E: A will for striving is important too. My nana says, “Where there…

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