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  • So You Want to Quit?

    So You Want to Quit?

    So you want to quit? So what! I’ve been there myself a thousand times too! And I’ve come up with a thousand reasons why I should quit my training, but all it takes is just one good reason why I must continue. The reasons like “I just don’t have the time” or “I can’t continue because ___________,” fill in the blank, are just excuses. Excuses should never over power are reasons. Reasons to stick with and achieve a noble goal like being a black belt take thought and consideration and effort. Your reasons should be like the pillars of a great bridge. You’ve got to know them and you must dig them deep into your conscience ....

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  • Karate Ni Sente Nashi

    Karate Ni Sente Nashi

    What differentiates karate from fighting and the many other martial sports? This one phrase, “Karate Ni Sente Nashi” meaning, “In Karate there is no first attack” defines karate and its true purpose. Karate is a defensive art with devastating moves that are reserved for only the most dangerous situations. Did you know that most rattle snakes when they bite do “dry bites.” They don’t release their devastating poison every single time they strike. Similar the karate master has incredible potential for injuring and severely wounding an opponent, but like the rattle snake with increase in potential also comes an increase in self-awareness and ....

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  • What is Kata?

    What is Kata?

    What is kata? Kata is the breadth and width of karatedo. It’s depths have been plunged to only discover there is further to go in your study and understanding of the art which you have dedicated yourself to master. Every move has a meaning and every position and contraction of your muscles and breathing has a purpose. Kata is the heart of karate and it’s a treasure trove of learning only for the brave who choose to persist and not give up until after they have practiced and practiced some more to have the kata surrender its gems of knowledge preserved within its techniques from the masters of old. It’s a time capsule of knowledge and a journey to another time ....

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  • 9.5 Reasons Why Adults Should Do Karate!

    9.5 Reasons Why Adults Should Do Karate!

    Here are my 9.5 reasons why adults need to participate in karate. We all may have goals, but I believe it is of great importance to not only have a goal, but to know the reason behind that goal. Knowing the “why” behind every goal can keep you going and motivated when life gets tough! So here they are, my 9.5 reasons why you need to do karate… 1. Exercise: Everybody needs a way to give their body daily exercise! Karate is a great way to get a total body workout and one that has many layers to it. Karate is not just about “pumping iron” but about much more than that. Karate also trains the mind and builds the spirit! Unlike many sports, ....

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  • When Reaching New Goals, You've Got to Let Go of Past Failures!

    When reaching for your new goals, please remember to not hold onto past failures. Many of us have that little voice in our head when we try and attempt something new that says, “What are you thinking! You can’t do this!” If you’re like me, you may tend to remind yourself of all the reasons why you can’t achieve your goal instead of the reasons why you can and the reasons why you should attempt to reach your new goal. Sometimes we can be our greatest obstacle on our path to achievement. We can talk ourselves out of a goal while we talk down to ourselves and let our thoughts drift to remind us of how we could never achieve this, or become that. We ....

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  • Keep Climbing!

    Keep Climbing!

    Boxing legend Joe Frazier once said, “Champions aren't made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat on in the early light of morning will show up in the ring under the bright lights.” The same can be said of black belts. Black belts are not made on the day of their graduation, they are made daily under the sweat and toil and the ups and downs of daily training and life. Hard work and discipline is what it takes to make a black belt and that can be said of any goal worthy of your attention and your dedication to achieving. What you do and how you do it repeatedly, is what’s going to show up when its time to show what you know. You want to be ....

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  • Five Tips To Train Like a Hungry Tiger

    Five Tips To Train Like a Hungry Tiger

    If you want to be a beast in class and at your next belt exam, here are my five tips so you can train like a hungry tiger! Consider these five points for your future improvement. Point #1 Kiai! Your kiai shows your fighting spirit. If you don't have a strong kiai, then the likelihood that you will be able to use your karate in self-defense is slim. Why? Because a big part of the fight is attitude and your kiai reveals your attitude and intensity towards protecting yourself. If you want to improve your kiai, I suggest you start with reading my article on it here... Point #2 Zanshin. ....

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  • Sound Like A Wimp Or Shout Like A Warrior?

    Sound Like A Wimp Or Shout Like A Warrior?

    Kiai! Shout! Your kiai is your karate shout! It literally means, convergence of energy, a nd you either have it, or you don’t. If you don’t have it, the good news is that you can develop it and you don't have to sound like Bruce Lee. A loud kiai may go against your nature. You may be inclined to keep it quiet in your training and that’s okay, but if you are ever to develop the fighting spirit it takes to win, you must develop your kiai. Your kiai says a lot about your fighting spirit. It expresses that grit and tenacity that’s deep within. It is a yell that comes deep from within one’s spirit. And within your kiai is expressed the will to never ....

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  • The First Two Letters in Goals, says GO!

    The First Two Letters in Goals, says GO!

    Goals only work if you do! Goals are great and sound very motivational and make us feel good about ourselves when we set them. Many people at the beginning of the year find themselves looking back to what has come to pass over the past twelve months and think they need to set some goals. Newsflash...PAY ATTENTION….THIS WILL BE MIND ALTERING…. Goals need a human being behind them who is willing to back up these written dreams with action. Not only action for a day, a week, or even a month, but year after year. Persistent action is what it takes to achieve your big goals. Goals like becoming a black belt need sweat and hard work pushing them up hill all the ....

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  • What's Your Why??? Karate for Adults Part II

    What's Your Why??? Karate for Adults Part II

    Are you ready to take your fitness seriously? As we come towards the end of the year many well meaning adults will think about their health and how much weight they want to lose in the new year. Some will go even as far as writing out their goals and even fewer will actually make a plan and begin taking action. Unfortunately many of those well meaning weekend warriors will fail. Not because they can’t do it, but because they can find every excuse not to succeed. Gyms love this time of year because they know that when January comes they will have a flood of new members join, but give it just a few months and many of those members will be AWOL. You won’t find them in ....

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