Posts Tagged ‘traditional martial arts’

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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WHY BUY GEAR?

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Part of traditional etiquette is that a martial arts student should have their own gear – sparring gear, weapons, etc.  When a student (or their family) invests in their own gear, it shows their commitment to training.  Plus, it’s logical.  Even in a small school, it would be impractical for an instructor…

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FUN KATA PRACTICE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger To learn a skill, you need to practice.  To get good at something, you need repetition.  In order to remember and understand techniques and principles, they have to be put into action. Practicing does not have to be tedious.  Kata practice can be fun!  Here are some ways to enjoy kata: -See…

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THE PERFECT TRAINING PARTNER

There is a place inside all of us that longs to feel connected, as to a twin. A couple of years ago, we had a teenaged young lady start karate.  She was a bright, positive student.  She would have liked to see other beginner females her age at the dojo.  I think that is why…

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You Create Your Attitude

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We create our lives.  Each day is tuned to our attitudes and wills. Each moment is a product of our thoughts, words and actions.  We are all artists, creators of our own day, living it how we choose.  We may not get to choose many of the details of our day.  Sometimes…

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Karate? Ha HA HAA!

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Shihan, 4th Dan Once, a friend of mine tried our week-long Karate Intro Program.  We’ll call her Mary.  At a young 60 years old she did fine. I never know what to expect when a student steps on the mat for the first time at East Valley Martial Arts – Kenshin Kan. …

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A Belt is an Invitation

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Every belt we award a student is an invitation.  Generally, with each rank, we ask you to work on making yourself a better person.  That can be done in many different ways.  Specifically, I have broken down each belt to what I think the invitation means. -WHITE:  Welcome, let’s get to know…

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ALL PRISSY & READY FOR KARATE ?

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger A while back, the mom of a karate student came to me with concerns that her daughter was not being given as detailed instruction as the boys.  I asked questions to try to get to the root of this issue.  She told me that she thought it was me giving the boys…

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Karate Longevity

…how can a parent support their karate kid to keep a long-term commitment to their training and self-improvement? I have the magic formula!

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PARENTS: THE BLUNT TRUTH

If you want to help your kids learn about perseverance and self-discipline, you have to take an active part and reinforce these character traits at home. …This is probably the best setting to help teach it. But you must reinforce it, and you must get them to class regularly.

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