Posts Tagged ‘striving for excellence’

How to Help Your Kids Stay Off Drugs

All Pro Dad has an excellent blog with 10 ways parents can help kids stay off drugs. At the end of this, I will share a link to that great advice. But I have a few other techniques to add to those. I got the biggest and least-heard one, from NotMyKid where they inspire positive…

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Affirmations for Positive Thinking

As had become my custom, I played my favorite audio of positive affirmations while I did my daily computer work. This took most of the morning. But the rare occurrence was that Kaicho happened to be in the next room doing his insurance work. Mostly, I listened to these phrases to keep my positive attitude…

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Karate Youth Learn: Top 5 Lessons

Traditional Okinawan karate can be life changing for people of all ages. But it has great power when it’s a consistent part of the life of our karate youth. As they grow, children form their values, habits and ideals. Traditional martial arts can positively impact those things and allow them to improve their lives for…

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Reason to Wake up Daily

Do you have a reason to wake up in the morning? If not, now is the time to get one! The New Year is a great time to reflect on where we are, and what we’d like to do to improve upon that. Enter ikigai: it is just one of the many habits and lifestyle…

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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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Invite Your Buddies to the Karate Path

“In life, it’s not where you go—it’s who you travel with.” –Charles M. Schulz.  There’s no better feeling than having your buddies join you on the path of karate at the dojo. In the early 2000’s, a young man named Brandon LaBorde heard about our dojo from a buddy in his writing class. He tried…

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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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Human Standards with Chris

We finally get to hear from an adult about human standards and the other Dojo Kuns. Chris is a laid-back family man. He has been in traditional karate for a year and a half. J: Chris, from talking with you, it sounds like you take the Dojo Kun’s meaning in Japanese literally. C: Yes, studying…

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RESPECT WITH EMMA

Here, I discuss respect with a karate teen. Last time, Emma had a lot to say about perseverance.   J: How would you describe Dojo Kun number four? E: Always work at having respect, even in your attitude. J: Do you think a person could act respectfully, but with a disrespectful attitude? E: Well, yes.…

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MORAL CHARACTER WITH EMMA

Moral character is important for all ages. This time, I interviewed a teen regarding the Dojo Kun. Emma is 13 and has trained in traditional karate for two years. In addition to working hard at the dojo, she is a thoughtful and well-spoken honors student. J: Emma, thank you for being willing to talk with…

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