Congratulations to the students who earned promotions since our last newsletter – Junior Orange Belt – Smyan Chinnam – Junior Green Belt #2 – Jake Brader
I remember over the years I have had students that came to train with me in the dojo and every now and then a parent would tell me that their child has been acting up and getting in trouble in school or at home. I have told the parent that training in my dojo would help their child and that it just takes time. Their job was to bring their child to the dojo to every class and I would take over from there. All the students were treated equally. Appropriate behavior is a must in the dojo. No one is allowed to goof off or break the rules of the dojo, including the Black Belts, during training. It is all very basic in regard to respect for self and others; stand respectively in line, do not interrupt others, offer your attention. It is very simple and it does work. The Sensei must be a very discipline person and a good teacher. Structure is always emphasized throughout each class. I think that it makes a difference in the amount of information each student can gain. C Holubecki
We all know that karate is for defense. People who practice karate should never start a fight. I have had a few in my younger days who abused the system. Because of it, they did not last in the dojo long. A student should show some sort of respect and courtesy to everyone. I have had students come to the dojo to practice karate but never gained an understanding of the true meaning of karate-do. The difference between karate and karate-do is the way we apply what we learn in karate. The “do” is the way that we set for ourselves to become good human beings. In karate-do, we must train our mind and heart, perfect our techniques and train our body.
I have seen students with good techniques and a well-trained body but lack the true meaning or spirit of karate-do and use it for their own personal gain.
We need to understand that there are differences between the Sensei and students and we need to respect these differences. I believe that courtesy is the way to help train the mind. We begin with courtesy and we end with courtesy. Courtesy is respect for all people, even when we have a difference of opinion and views. Above all, respect yourself. I believe that karate-do always stands for making good karateka. This will in turn help us make a better society inside and outside the dojo.
In karate, we never start a fight physical or mentally. We must be calm, courteous and be willing to talk things out. If that does not work then you defend yourself.
Many students, especially young kids, are physically and mentally weak, for many different reasons. These are the very same students who need karate-do so they can become stronger physically and mentally.
Karate begins with courtesy and end with courtesy not only in the dojo but in everyday life. This is what it takes to be a good citizen. C Holubecki
TRAINING DATES FOR OCTOBER
Practice for those who wish to attend the 2013 IWKA Tournament – Saturday, Oct. 13th 12:15 to 1:15 (free)
Sparring specific session – Friday, Oct. 19th – 6:45 to 7:45 followed by Brown & Black Belt Sessions (cost $5.00)
American Isshinryu Seminars at Master Temple’s dojo – Dunellen – Sunday, Oct. 28th. (more info. To follow)
In our dojo no event is mandatory, yet if a student wishes to advance in capability and knowledge, seminars, tournaments and extra training sessions will offer valuable lessons. At times it is difficult to get into the dojo, much less attend extra events. We must balance what we NEED to do with what is GOOD for us individually. Strive to be the best, doing as much as is possible to balance the skills, which will assist proper growth and development. Kyoshi
Radiate Enthusiasm in All That You Do – SUCCESS Magazine – September 2012 – Paul J. Meyer
Everyone has seen people who never seem to lose, or when they do, they bounce right back and win again. They seem to have the “Midas Touch.” Everything they touch turns to gold. What is the golden thread that runs through these people? This thread is enthusiasm – the common denominator of success.
More than any other characteristic or trait of human personality, enthusiasm is the edge that helps people succeed – as a parent, student, employee, leader, or whatever role they may play. Enthusiasm radiates a message to people that you are happy, confident, and prosperous in all your endeavors.
When you turn on the power of enthusiasm in your life and when you apply it in lavish quantities to every area of your life, you put the world’s most powerful force to work for you. Think about the power of enthusiasm:
Enthusiasm persuades without pressure.
Enthusiasm glows, permeates, and immediately captures the interest of others.
Enthusiasm sparks excitement inside you that makes you “wake up and live!”
Enthusiasm overcomes the emotional temperature of any situation.
Enthusiasm paves the way for new ideas.
Enthusiasm produces confidence that cries to the world: “I’ve got what it takes!”
Enthusiasm spreads like an eagle soaring in the wind. Enthusiasm blasts every obstacle from your path.
Enthusiasm is like the yeast that raises the dough.
Enthusiasm sways the will of another into harmony with your own goals.
Enthusiasm draws others to you and electrifies them with positive thinking.
Practice enthusiasm in every facet of your life. Saturate yourself with enthusiastic confidence. Become a true enthusiast – a person with thoughts that breathe and words that ignite action – and make everything you do turn to gold!