Posts Tagged ‘traditional martial arts’

4 Lymph Exercises for Immune Health

The wondrous human body works non-stop to heal and thrive. The lymph system is important for fighting off diseases and infections. It transports white blood cells and is constantly at work, basically cleansing your body. As this helpful video illustrates, the lymphatic system works with valves and a little bit of smooth muscle to move…

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Group Gratitude

This year perhaps more than any before, our dojo has evolved into a group effort. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our students and their families in the setting of their dojo. Here, we practice gratitude for the blessings that have strengthened our dojo this year. We are all part of a team…

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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 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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Generic American Martial Arts

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger A thoughtful friend posed this on our Facebook page: I would like someone like the Tull-Gaugers to develop an “American Martial Arts” – a generic Kung Fu or Karate that all Americans could know and practice at school or home. My response: I agree that people need to take responsibility in learning…

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Preserving and Promoting

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger When I was around green belt, I went for the first time to participate in my dojo’s karate demo at a library.  Since then, I have been a part of demonstrating with my dojo at neighborhood block parties, a pre-school and elementary schools, Mesquite High School, a NOVA tournament, Superstition Springs Mall,…

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SOUJI

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I have been told that there are no janitors in Japan.  Each family or person cleans up the sidewalk or common area in front of their house.  A teacher in Japan verified for me that at the end of the day, all of the students and teachers spend time cleaning up the…

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PATH OF TRUTH

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger In Japanese, Dojo Kun #2 is more literally translated as, “It is important to stay on a path of truth.”  In translating the kanji, that word “stay” is a tricky part.  Instead, at our dojo we say “Keep an honest and sincere way.” The kanji mamo is translated as “obey” or “protect.” …

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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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