“There is nothing that living things do that cannot be understood from the point of view that they are made of atoms acting according to the laws of physics.” – Richard Feynman
CONGRATULATIONS to Daniel DePaul – Junior Yellow Belt, who earned a promotion since our last newsletter.
Linda and I thank everyone who helped teach the karate classes while we were in Maine on vacation. This time away is enjoyable visiting the spot (Castle Island Camps) in Belgrade Lakes, Maine we have visited for more than twenty years. It good to share time with people we see only during this time and now also spend time with our children now that they are grown. It is also good to visit the Maine Isshinryu Karate Academy in Manchester, Maine to socialize and train.
REMEMBER TO REGISTER FOR THE KARATE OVERNIGHT, AUGUST 15 & 16. INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION MATERIAL WAS EMAILED MID JULY. IF YOU NEED HELP SEE HANSHI. PLEASE TURN INFROMATION IN BY THE 13th SO WE MAY PLAN.
|The Law of Sowing and Reaping|
|by Jim Rohn|
|Here’s the first of the basic laws of leadership: Whatever you sow, you reap. Now here’s another way to put it on the positive side: In order to reap, you must sow. Reaping is reserved for those who sow, who plant. To deserve the harvest, you must plant the seed. Take care of it in the summer. Carefully harvest it and then do wise things with the harvest. Now, here’s the rest of the law of sowing and reaping. If you sow good, you reap good. If you sow bad, you reap bad. You can’t sow bad and hope for good. You can’t plant weeds and hope for flowers. Here’s something else about the law of sowing and reaping. You don’t reap only what you sow. That’s important to understand. You reap much more than what you sow. If you just reaped what you sow, what’s the exercise for? An important thing to understand about that is it works both positive and negative. The old prophet said, “If you sow the wind, you don’t reap wind, you reap a whirlwind.” You’ve got to be careful sowing the wind. It comes back as a whirlwind. That’s on the negative side. But now it also works on the positive side. If you plant a cup of corn, how much do you get back—a cup? No, a bushel for the cup. You get back much more than what you plant. That’s the reason for planting—for the increase. Now here’s the next key to the law of sowing and reaping. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all. Everybody has to understand. The farmer plants the crop in the spring and takes care of it all summer. He’s an honorable man. Loves his family and is a decent citizen. But the day before he sends the combines into the field, a hailstorm comes along and beats his crop into the ground. And it’s gone. It’s lost. So this time it didn’t work. Now what must the farmer do? He’s got to decide whether to do it again or not. “Shall we take another chance the next spring?” We would advise him to do so even though he lost everything in the last harvest because more often than not, you’ll have a harvest if you plant in the spring. There’s no guarantee, but it’s pretty good odds. It’s better than Las Vegas. Incredible! The law of sowing and reaping.
The concept of sowing and reaping also applies to our karate training. As I go to tournaments and other dojos during the year, I find that many instructors do not emphasize the proper use of stance and proper use of technique during kata, kumite and kobudo training. I seems that if what is being done is close enough it is OK. If proper structure and technique are not demonstrated and taught, how can the student be expected to develop and demonstrate quality karate skills. So, as “The Law of Sowing and Reaping” states, ” If you sow good, you reap good. If you sow bad, you reap bad.” Karate is a thinking endeavor that unites body, mind, spirit and much more. The student must consciously strive to perform the techniques (from the ground up) the way they were taught. everything must be done in a thoughtful step by step manner without worrying about how quickly things are learned. learn things properly . . . emphasize the correct form . . . and learn it once. neglect the details and one will find that earlier skills will have to be revisited over and over before more advanced skills may be taught.
TO BE ALIVE YOU MUST DO MORE THAN BREATHE
As you read this, think about the way you are breathing. Most typically, you will fall into one of three categories: Clavicular (very shallow), thoracic (slightly less shallow) or deep abdominal breathing. With clavicular breathing, the worst type, inhalation has the shoulders and collarbones seem to rise, almost as if they are being filled with air. Instead of the abdomen expanding, it tends to actually contract, and only a minimum amount of oxygen is obtained. With thoracic breathing, the shoulders and collarbone area are less involved, and more work is done by the muscles used to expand the rib cage. Although better than clavicular breathing, it is still incomplete. Deep abdominal breathing involves taking slow and deep breaths using the diaphragm, the large sheet-like muscle at the bottom of the chest cavity. This is by far the best way to breathe; it allows air into the lowest and largest part of the lungs.
Taking in sufficient amounts of oxygen is important no matter what you are doing, but particularly during exercise. We normally breathe approximately 6 liters of air in and out of the lungs every minute. From there, the blood transports oxygen to every cell in the body. When your body is under stress, as with exercise, it requires extra amounts of oxygen. Meeting these demands is important for muscle growth and energy.
The vast majority of people are shallow breathers, using only a fraction of their lung capacity. These people barely take in enough oxygen to expand the ribs. Without being aware of it, they may also hold their breaths, breathe unevenly, or tend to over breathe as the intensity of the workout increases. If left unchecked, this may result in headaches, fuzzy thinking, dizziness or fainting. By making an effort to breathe more deeply and naturally, you can actually increase your exercise capacity – the body’s ability to do more for a longer period of time with less effort.
If you normally exercise outdoors, keep in mind that environmental factors can make breathing difficult. Studies have shown that exercising under smoggy conditions can decrease lung capacity by as much as 20%. Ground level ozone increases susceptibility to respiratory illnesses, while air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, high pollen counts, and hot, humid air increases the likelihood and severity of wheezing during or following exercise. Exercising in cold air and low humidity can also worsen breathing-related symptoms. Many people with allergies or exercise induced asthma have mild to severe problems with breathing during or following exercise. Physical activity in itself can cause a temporary constriction of the airways in such individuals, causing noticeable shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest. Such symptoms may develop during or after working out, and may even reappear hours later. It is estimated that 21% of people in this country suffer from exercise induced asthma. It occurs in approximately 80 to 90% of people with asthma and in almost 1/2 of people with hay fever.
Some people suffer more extreme symptoms when they exercise. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis occurs exclusively with exercise and includes symptoms such as flushing of the skin, headaches, and gastrointestinal problems. In severe cases, swelling in the throat and upper-airway obstruction occurs. Symptoms are usually hastened by moderate-to-hard exercise and typically begin within the first 5 minutes of exercise, diminishing anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours afterwards. Exercising soon after a meal or in a warm, muggy, environment seems to increase the likelihood of attacks.
“We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.” — Jim Rohn
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.” DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
CONGRATULATIONS to the people who earned promotions since our last newsletter.
Marlie DiPalma – Junior Yellow Belt
Shayne Davies, Jake Brader – Brown Belt #3
Carolyn Kulick, Jesse Micari, Thomas Schroeder – Brown Belt #2
Jay Brader – First Degree Black Belt (Sho Dan) – at least 4 years of adult training
Jeff Adler – Fourth Degree Black Belt (Yon Dan) – at least 11 years of adult training
Joseph Marotta, Thomas Ammermann, Edward Grace – Fifth Degree Black Belt (Go Dan) – at least 15 years of adult training
Many of the above promotions were earned at the conclusion of our June 21st training sessions at our home. Mr. Brader arrived prior to 5:59 AM and was helped throughout the day by many higher ranking black belts. The early arrivals are pictured here. Adults arrived by 9:00 AM and children arrived by 10:30 AM to train in the wooded dojo, areas around our home and also to and from the Pequest River. A demonstration started at 3:30 PM, which was followed by a cookout with food brought by people attending the event.
Personal Abilities and Karate Training
Each person has the ability to see, hear, and feel clearly. However, circumstance of living often causes those abilities to become negatively affected or inactive. Each person has the option to : open the door or close the door to a positive life. Each person decides to live individually or to become a part of the lives of the people chosen as acquaintances and friends. All too often the person, because of previous incidents has established barriers to protect the “self” from future physical or emotional injury. To live fully, one must peel away the layers of protection from past moments, to allow the natural vibration of your to come forward. In a training session years ago with Bob Proctor and Zig Ziglar, each man stressed the need to be positive and look for the good in people. Each man said that one may find positive outcomes in life if one looks for the good in friends and surroundings. The book, THE SECRET, by Ronda Byrne relates countless examples where the search for the positive will find good outcomes and negativity breeds negative results. The possibility of threatening outcomes may be scary, but the situation also has the equal potential to be what one truly is seeking internally.
As we live we do not know our ultimate destination, but we must realize that we must strive to be successful with each aspect of our lives. Every person has experienced disappointment. How we think and react, has a greater capacity to change our lives than any challenges we face. How quickly and responsibly we react to adversity is more important than the adversity itself. Once we discipline ourselves to understand this, we will understand that the great challenge of life is to control the process of our thinking. With these thoughts in mind, what is the best way to approach our training?
Karate training provides many instances where we are challenged. As the student rises above personal doubt, increased abilities are achieved and stresses of life’s challenges are made easier to handle because the individual has already faced the possibility of failure and has found success. With each area of success barriers are removed and one becomes more able to achieve more because of increased inner belief and growth of confidence. Can you remember the joy of a first remembered success in school or in the dojo?
This inner vision leads to inner feelings of harmony within. It is not what happens that determines the quality of one’s life—it is what one chooses to do when we have struggled to determine the course and then discover that the life’s path has changed direction. As in Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” ” . . . two roads diverged in a wood, and I – – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
When life challenges the individual, he or she must adapt or fail to succeed. Choices must be made numerous times each day. Making the right decision is not always an easy decision. Peer and society’s pressures often place road blocks on the path. If knocked down, one must struggle to regain a strong position once more and determine the course to the destination. One must establish a powerful, personal philosophy that will influence in a positive way how one thinks and reacts. Success in any situation will change the course of life and relationships. Keeping a positive outlook when faced by issues in life will dramatically change one’s life.
|“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”