“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.”  Napoleon Hill

JUNE 2018

JUNE 2018


Dues should be paid the first week of each month. If you have a problem, let Hanshi know.

There are no promotion fees, but we ask that you pay for each obi (belt).

Respect will be shown to all karate-ka at all times. Respect is to be shown to all ranks.

Kyu ranks should not question Dan ranks, or ones higher in rank.

If a Kyu rank has a question, and the Dan rank doesn’t know the answer, approach Hanshi or the highest rank on the floor.

The head instructor, due to advanced rank, will be called Hanshi and black belts helping to teach are called Sensei.

No one is to bow onto or off the floor without being acknowledged by Hanshi or the highest rank on the floor.

A respectful bow will be given whenever entering and exiting the workout area.

A serious attitude should be maintained during workouts. Never correct the technique of a senior student (If in doubt, ask).

If a Dan rank wants to do something in class, all students must at least try, unless they have a physical issue where they can’t.

When you step onto the Dojo floor, you’re there to train.  Everything should be done to the best of your ability.

Everyone should at least make an effort to attend Advanced Classes, Seminars, Tournaments, Camps, unless it’s not possible due to work, sickness, etc.

Advanced Teens and Adults may ask Hanshi to help children’s classes to assist learning and enthusiasm. These efforts are very important to the growth of each Karateka and the dojo.

Formal and group warm-ups will begin all classes.

Empty-hand kata material should not be added on unless first approved by Hanshi.

Kumite or sparring will be practiced under the supervision of black belts only.

Weapons katas are only to be taught by Hanshi, unless he instructs someone to teach material to another student.

Kyu ranks are forbidden to conduct demonstrations or teach privately without consent from their sensei.

Black belts should clear activities prior to the session as well.

Adults must join the IWKA after attaining their Yellow Belts & prior to earning their Green Belts.  This organization is headed by the son of the founder of the style and sets standards for promotion.  Students may join Hanshi Duessel’s Affiliation after this time.  Children may join the IWKA as well.

It is recommended that all students buy protective hand, foot and head gear.  These are available from Hanshi at his cost.

Shoes are not to be worn on the workout floor. Sneakers and socks should be worn to the dojo during summer months so we can train outside the dojo safely.

Note: If you are not able to attend the dojo, it is your responsibility to call to let us know. If you do this, you may make up the class.  If you do not call, you forfeit the privilege to make the class session up.

“Choice: Reaction or Response” from Getting the Best from Yourself and Others by Julie Davis-Colan and Lee J. Colan

The power of choice is one of the greatest gifts we are given. Although we make many choices every hour of the day, we rarely make neutral choices. Each choice has a positive or negative consequence for us at some level.  Our attitude toward life is the most important choice we make! Let’s look at why such a simple choice— embracing a positive or negative attitude—is more challenging than it appears for many people.
Just think of the last time you were in deep thought about your plans for the evening while driving home from work. As you pull into your driveway you wonder to yourself, “How did I get home?” The car seemed to practically drive itself. Driving is a relatively complex task, requiring many choices along the way—turn right, turn left, slow down, stop, change lanes. Still, driving home can be successfully performed almost subconsciously. So, consider the multitude of much smaller choices we make each day that we don’t really think about: waking up, brushing our teeth, saying “good morning” to a colleague, eating our lunch, performing a repetitive job duty, and so on. Subconscious actions are useful most of the time, but we must also consciously choose our attitude to control our results. Our ability to choose is a gift, but it is also a huge responsibility. No matter what today’s “it’s not my fault” culture encourages, we are all ultimately responsible for our own choices. In fact, we like to write the word responsibility as response–ability. As humans, we have the unique ability to respond.
Here’s a scenario repeated daily. Family dinners are important at the Smith house. Jim and Jane Smith and their two children (John, age three, and Janie, age four) just sat down at the table. Before the first bite of dinner is enjoyed, John spills his milk and it goes everywhere.
A reaction to this event: “Not again, John! Every time we eat, this happens. Think, son, think! Do you want to eat in your room from now on?” A response to this event: “Uh-oh, John. Let’s get a sponge and clean this up so you can eat your dinner.”
When you react, you make a purely emotional and subconscious decision. Often, because of how your experiences and prior choices have programmed your subconscious mind, your reactions do not help you achieve the best results.
On the other hand, when you respond to a situation, you make a constructive and conscious decision. That’s why there are emergency response teams, not emergency reaction teams.
When you simply react, your emotional instinct is in control, with little thought of the long-range consequences.
When you respond, your brain is fully engaged and your self-awareness is high. You have the long-term consequences in mind.
We all experience negative situations and people. Choosing to respond instead of react helps positively orchestrate our attitudes—and our lives.

Coming or not coming to the dojo to train falls into the thoughts above.  Each person has a choice to attend or not attend.  Legitimate family and work situations may stop a person who wants to attend.  A person who arrives at the dojo but does not become positively engaged and aware of his or her practice is wasting that time and negatively impacting the energy within the class.  This also happens in school and at work.  We have 60,000 thoughts a day.  Many are random thoughts.  Some are constructive thoughts dealing with family, school, work or problem solving.  One idea may be dealt with at a time.  Choose to be a positive influence.  Be fully engaged in each activity.  Be aware of surroundings and how each choice is impacting the day.  ‘Those Who Dare, Win!’


“A dojo is an area of confined conflict where we confront an opponent who is not an opponent, but rather a partner engaged in helping us understand ourselves more fully.”  Joe Hyams 

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Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”   Dr. Denis Waitley

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MAY 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHO SUPPORTED OUR 33rd ANNUAL BENEFIT TOURNAMENT.  Though it was a smaller event, the competition was good, and everyone should feel good about being a part of something that has raised in excess of $200,000 for charity.

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You’ve heard of the Power of Positive Thinking. There’s no doubt about it…the human mind is an amazingly powerful computer, capable of transforming our lives.  However, achieving what you want in life isn’t accomplished by sitting on a comfortable chair and visualizing all day long. Far too many people neglect to ACT in order to bring their dreams to life. As cosmetics company founder and CEO Estée Lauder put it so well, “I didn’t get here by dreaming about it or thinking about it—I got here by doing it.”   Author BJ Gallagher has captured the “secret” a few people are talking about –  thoughts and attitudes can change by taking positive ACTION, no matter what you are thinking or feeling! She calls it “The Power of Positive DOING”.

What will it take for you to be happy?

Benjamin Franklin said, “The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up to it yourself.”

Many of us pin our happiness to external factors: if only we had more money, or a better house, or whatever our latest “want” is . . . but your happiness has been and always will be right inside yourself.

Champions are driven by emotional motivatorsThe great ones chose discipline over pleasureMiddle class vs. world classThe great ones believe they cannot fail…they can only learn and growThe great ones take responsibilityChampions have an immense capacity for world class concentrationCommon sense is the foundation of high performanceThe great ones make the complicated simple Champions are driven by a world class belief system

It is said that the true purpose of life is the joy of helping others, but there is often a perception that the next generation is not as committed to changing the world as their parents were.  From what I have seen working at the high school and the college, young people are committed to change.

We do not know when we will help another individual.  In 2005 I was teaching a unit at the end of a semester which would end with the students understanding what the ultimate concept would be if they were to become happy and successful in their future lives.  One young woman (about 19) was in the class.  After the video entitled “The Secret” the class had a discussion and after much soul searching, they realized that the key element is for each person to experience personal fulfillment in life, uniting – Body, Mind, Family, Society and Finances.  They were shocked and relieved with the discovery.  The class emptied leaving only the one female student.  I noticed she was crying.  I talked to her and after a few minutes she said that she hadn’t planned to attend class that day and after coming to school – she was going to go home and commit suicide.  NOW after the previous discussions, the video and the realization, she was not going to do so.  She said she was going to register in a four-year college and follow her musical career as well.  We still communicate several times a year.  She lives in Knoxville, has a degree in economics and she is following her musical dreams.

I ended the current semester with the same procedures.  Discussions, video and further discussion after the video – ending with the revelation.  The first class after the video and discussion a middle-aged woman came to class and said my project, the discussions and the video changed her life.  She went home after the class and having Netflix she selected the video and mandated that her entire family experience it with her.  She is now working to be a positive individual . . . GO FIGURE!   The reaction to the college program about fulfilment, along with the years involvement at the high school, dojo and WCCC, demonstrates that each of us can touch many lives.
One way to understand this concept is to investigate THE SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION is a theory that was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called “Chains.” In the 1950s, Ithiel de Sola Pool (MIT) and Manfred Kochen (IBM) set out to prove the theory mathematically.  After twenty years they were still unable to solve the problem to their satisfaction.  In 1967, American sociologist Stanley Milgram devised a new way to test the theory, which he called “the small-world problem.” Milgram randomly selected people in the Midwest to send packages to a stranger located in Massachusetts. The senders knew the recipient’s name, occupation and general location. Each participant was instructed to send the package to a person he knew on a first-name basis who was most likely, out of all the participant’s friends, to know the target personally. That person would do the same, and so on until the package was personally delivered to its target recipient. Although participants expected the chain to include at least a hundred intermediaries, it only took (on average) between five and seven intermediaries for each package to be delivered successfully.  Milgram’s findings were published in Psychology Today and inspired the phrase “six degrees of separation.”

Ultimately, separation is the theory that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries.  What we do with our time, how we approach and connect with others, creates the ability to affect many people positively or negatively.  Choose to be positive – CHANGE LIFE FOR THE BETTER.