JULY 2015

JULY 2015

 THERE WILL BE NO SATURDAY CLASSES JULY 4TH .

         If you are interested in helping at the World Championship Event Weekend, please see Hanshi ASAP.  We can use:

Scorekeepers

          People to check wristbands as people enter the events

          People to help at the concession table

 THE PRE IWKA GOLF TOURNAMENT SUNDAY, JUNE 28TH WAS A SUCCESS.  MY THANKS TO SCOTT MILLER AND TOM SCHROEDER FOR SPEARHEADDING THE EVENT.  THE WEATHER THREATENED BUT THE RAINS HELD OFF.  ALSO, A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE KARATE ENTHUSIASTS AND THEIR FRIENDS WHO PARTICIPATED.  PLEASE SHARE WITH THEM MY SINCERE THANKS!

 

For a leader, honesty and integrity are absolutely the keys to success.

I have found through experience as a teacher, people do not realize how closely they are being watched by others. As a child or young adult in school, you used to sit staring at your teacher all day.  By the end of the school year, you could do a perfect imitation of his / her mannerisms. You were aware of the slightest nuances in the voice — all the little clues that distinguished levels of meaning and told you the difference between bluff and “I mean business.”

As a child, you were able to do this after eight or nine months of observation. Suppose you had five or 10 years — do you think there would have been anything about your teacher you did not know?

An act of dishonesty cannot be hidden, and it will instantly undermine the authority of a leader. However, an act of integrity and kindness is just as obvious. When you are in a leadership position, you have the choice of how you will be seen — but you will be seen, one way or the other.

In any organization, people want to believe in their leaders. If people are given a reason to trust you, they are not going to go looking for reasons to think otherwise, and the will be just as perceptive about your positive qualities as they are about the negative ones.

Yet we all know people who have gotten ahead as a result of dishonest or unethical behavior. But like the old saying goes, “Hope of dishonest gain is the beginning of loss.”  This thought actually relates to a loss of self-respect. You can have all the material things in the world, but if you have lost respect for yourself, what do you have?  The only way to ever attain success and enjoy it is to achieve it honestly with pride in what you have done.

Family values taught at home, which are emphasized in school and the dojo teach children how to live and treat others.  Unfortunately, students may be cruel at some times because of peer pressure of the lack of proper guidance by adults.  Again, children act as they see adults act.  Kindness and cruelty are taught to children by adults.  Proper speech is also taught in the home, in the school, and on the playgrounds.  If adults do not use proper speech and etiquette, should we expect more from children?

 

TOURNAMENT SHIRTS AND JACKETS

 Order forms previously mailed – Please order by July 8

 T- Shirt and Jacket photos and information available for all students and parents – – not just for those going to the World Event.  CHECK WITH HANSHI . . . FORMS ARE ON THE NEWSLETTER EMAILED AND AT THE DOJO.

 

BROWN BELTS AND BLACK BELTS – PLEASE LOOK AT THE VACATION SCHEDULE IN THE DOJO AND SIGN UP FOR CLASS TIMES YOU ARE ABLE TO COVER WHILE LINDA AND I ARE IN MAINE – JULY18 TO 25

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