DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2015

 

                               Journey to Awareness

I came upon thoughts by Robert Knowlton that I had seen before but not truly taken to heart until this reading.   Living on purpose is not a final destination. It is a journey.   We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by living our lives with a purpose. So, why don’t we? I recognize a feeling when I am living a certain way. I am a guide, a teacher, a coach, a husband and a student. When I am living in accord with my calling, I am energized and excited, especially when I make my contribution to those whose lives I touch. Everyone is unique. Students I have worked with over the past years are also living on purpose. Through the process of learning by studying the ART of Karate, there is discovery.   They realize how their unique contribution comes through them.

“The Wizard of Oz” is a movie where we find Dorothy and her friends experiencing what they think is life and they finally meet the wizard? They were filled with fear as they began to interact with the booming voice of the wizard. When forced, they risked disagreeing with the wizard. He reacted with an even louder and more threatening voice. He was indignant that someone would challenge “the great and mighty Wizard of Oz.” Just as Dorothy and her friends were feeling overwhelmed at the force of this voice, Toto, Dorothy’s dog, ran to the source of the sound and pulled back a curtain. What was behind it? A small, sweet man who was not nearly as frightening as they had imagined. This happened after all of their other adventures and growth into the people they were intended to be but were too afraid to become. Fear, left unchallenged it can seem incredibly powerful. When we pull the curtain back and see fear for what it is, then it is not nearly such an imposing force. It no longer needs to be avoided or run from.

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living. You express your purpose in everything you do. Your purpose is not your job; it is in whom you are. Your mission is to get to know the process, of finding self-knowledge, which is not a one-time event. You may get flashes of insight now and then but knowing yourself and your natural expression of your purpose is an ongoing journey.

Some readers may be thinking, “It’s easy for him to say ‘live on purpose’ . . . he knows what his purpose is.” Knowing what to do and doing it are two different things. I know how my unique contribution shows up, I acknowledge my role as a coach and guide for others, and I appreciate my natural gifts. Yet, I still struggle to live my life in full awareness and on purpose. The biggest thing that stops me from living on purpose is ‘not’ living on purpose.

To paraphrase an old Zen story, one monk asked another, “What kind of person can wake up to living on purpose? The other monk replied, “One of our awakened teachers said if you want to realize this thing of purpose, you must be a person of purpose.” Like many Zen riddles, to understand it, we must live it.

The idea is to be you. To be a person of purpose – which is an ongoing process. I’ve been working on it for many years and I’m grateful for my teachers! I am coming to accept this is a process. There is no end game, no final arrival. We experience moments of awareness, moments of waking up to ourselves, living the questions until perhaps we begin to notice we are living the answers and living on purpose. Keep doing your work. Keep seeking and asking and keep noticing. It is only by your efforts that your purpose may be revealed to you.

Your adventures on your yellow brick road or with your riddles of life are the challenges that create growth and help you become aware of your ultimate purpose. Enjoy the journey.

Mushin (mind or no mind)

Mushin is a state of mind. D.T. Suzuki wrote at length on the subject of mushin. It is a non thought, a mind without thought or no thought. A hard concept to understand. How can one function with an empty mind?

An essential basic concept of Zen Buddhism. Mushin can mean, “mind without thought”, “non-thought”, “unconsciousness”. This is not meant to be interpreted as stupidity or empty-headedness, more a removal of the process of conscious thought as a precursor to action.

The goal of mushin is to eliminate the diversions and confusion that often comes with the operation of conscious mind, so that the result or response is natural and effective.

Our minds have a way of introducing no end of complications into our daily tasks, whether by reminding us of our fears or shortcomings, presenting us with multiple alternatives we feel obliged to consider, complicating our normal speaking response with qualifications and details. This is not always bad but in many situations our gut response, our natural reaction is the best. Mushin causes a flow in our response to daily stimuli without complication. Think of mushin as a “free mind” or “clear mind.@

Mushin and Karate

In karate the very essence of mushin is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Practice your moves, attacks, feints, defensive tactics, repeatedly and again until the action is second nature, but the inspiration of a stimulus for the action creates the response without conscious thought intervening. In any self-defense situation the smallest amount of reaction time can make the difference between victory or defeat, life or death. The ability to flow almost mindlessly gives you an advantage over an opponent who is thinking about what to do next.

  1. T. Suzuki said it best, “Mushin is the body thinking, if you understand that, you can understand Zen.”! Mushin enables the body to react without thinking. If you think too long, your opponent will be quicker than you.

      “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do!”  John Ruskin From “Timeless Wisdom”

Our Deepest Fearby Marianne Williamson

from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

 

Congratulations to the people who earned promotions since our last newsletter: Ralphie Donica, Manu Param – Junior Yellow Belt – – Samantha Heinrich – Junior Green Belt #1

 

THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES DECEMBER 24th & 25th. Have a Wonderful Christmas!

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2015

We do not know when the weather will create bad driving conditions. In the case of the cold, white, somewhat frozen element that falls from the sky – I will post class cancellation(s) on the dojo website – www.isshin-ryu.com and WRNJ radio 1510, 92.7 and 104.7. Missed class(es) may be made up at your convenience.

Think about why we at times start to do something or go some place and we end up doing something else or we end at a place we did not intend to reach. Having conceived of our purpose, we should mentally mark a straight pathway to the achievement of our desired end, looking neither to the right nor left. This single sightedness is called the focus.

A focus is the one reason that most of us do not accomplish more. We establish great goals. We write them on paper as the experts encourage. We enthusiastically start taking action, we can feel the power and the energy, we know that this time we are on the right track, this time is going to be different from all those other times. Then it happens . . . Life gets in the way!

What is this thing called life? Each of us can make a list. It may be a personal or family illness; or things get turned upside down at school, work, our daily lives or play. Maybe it is an unexpected financial crisis. This interruption consumes us. Before we know it – our once bright and shining goals that were in front of us, are now just a tarnished and painful memory of what we could do if such and such had not happened. Life gets in the way of everybody, but the successful people have a way of keeping their focus in spite of life.

Several months ago I saw a passage by James Allen in “The Mastery of Destiny.” It is one of my all-time favorites on the power of FOCUS:

“All successful people are people of purpose. They hold fast to an idea, a

project, a plan, and will not let it go; they cherish it, brood upon it, tend and

develop it; and when assailed by difficulties, they refuse to be beguiled into surrender; indeed, the intensity of the purpose increases with the growing magnitude of the obstacles encountered.”

The last part of the thought is the true secret, ” . . . indeed, the intensity of the purpose increases with the growing magnitude of the obstacles encountered.” Motivated, goal oriented, people accept and cherish a challenge and rise to the occasion.

 

Gary Ryan Blair writing “The Ten Commandments of Goal Setting” says:

“We’re all vulnerable – it’s easy to lose focus. Accept the fact that we must repeatedly recover our focus. A brief loss of focus is a minor derailment, but, if not regained rapidly, loss of focus becomes a wholesale wreck. Focus, readjust, and realign.”

Life will continue to get in the way if we permit it to do so. People will bother us if we permit it. Stress comes from within each of us. The way we handle life’s stresses shows what kind of people we are.

Remember, today’s action creates tomorrow’s future.

Focus stresses the essential elements of life and karate. The execution of a focused response at the proper moment in a karate block or attack may mean the difference between victory and defeat. The proper response to another person, event or idea may become more important to our lives than executing a good karate technique. As we look at the important areas of our lives; family, education, work, socialization and recreation, proper balance and focus are necessary.

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do!”

John Ruskin From “Timeless Wisdom” Yesterday I was looking at the “Simple Truths” website and saw an article that caught my attention. It reminded me of the “How to Learn” thought in the dojo handbook.

Live With Intention:

 Walk to the edge.

 Listen hard. Laugh. Play with abandon.

 Practice wellness.

 Continue to learn.

Choose with no regret.

 Appreciate your friends.

 Lead or follow a leader.

 Do what you love.

 Live as if this is all there is.

And, now as Paul Harvey would say: “Here’s the rest of the story!” A few years ago, I got a call and my assistant told me that Mary Anne Radmacher was holding on the phone. I took the call and had one of the most delightful conversations ever. It quickly became apparent that I was talking with a very unique individual, and I could feel her passion and her kindness coming through the phone. From that conversation, the idea for Life Begins When You Do was born. Each of the 10 thoughts from Live with Intention is represented in the book. And in my opinion, the end result is a masterpiece. It has more “nuggets of wisdom” per square inch than any book I know! Mary Anne has written 7 books and thousands of original quotes. She’s an artist with the written word. Therefore, if you want the recipe for how to live a full and meaningful life, this little book will be a treasured guide. As only Mary Anne could say, “It’ll help you rediscover what you deeply know.”

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

LIVING A WORTHWILE LIFE BY BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND A POSITIVE MIND SET OR LIVE WITHIN MEDIOCRITY

Doing things the same way every day is the fast track to mediocrity. Positive change is about adapting and evolving continually. We are what we repeatedly do, read and think. Accepting change brings us closer to being our BEST SELF. Build successful habits because habits are difficult to break. Whether good or bad – it takes persistence to create successful habits. Approach problems as an opportunity to become responsible and create a different reality that could not have been predicted. Take the initiative to develop your mind to positively approach problems. There may be a learning experience through each life’s challenge. Positive thought, with an appropriate perspective, may help build a strong – productive – life.

ZIGGY, the comic strip character, and numerous real individuals have climbed the mountains of the world seeking a challenge – to find the secrets to life. TODAY I will go out on the limb – out onto that rocky cliff to share with you “THE HIDDEN SECRETS FOR HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS”.   

SECRET # 1 – LIFE STARTS AT THE BEGINNING AND PROCEEDS EACH DAY TO AN UNKNOWN END. IF YOU GET CONFUSED START WITH WHAT YOU KNOW.

           Tennyson says in “Ulysses” that no man is an island, we are a part of the main, we are all a part of \each other, we are a part of everyone that we meet and we must not rust from being unused.

                Shakespeare says in “Hamlet” – “We know what we are but we know not what we may be.”

                The key to happiness is to live each day with enthusiasm, look for the good in everyone and expect it, love what you do and share that love.

SECRET # 2 – STEMS FROM A CHILD’S GAME OR IS IT? – –

                Do you remember playing “hide and seek?” I enjoyed it as a child and I liked playing it with my own children. You know how it works. One player closes his eyes and counts in a loud voice to some designated number. All the other players run and attempt to find a place to hide. When the counter finishes counting, he calls out, “Ready or not here I come!” and begins to try to find all those who are hiding. 

                When playing “hide and seek,” what kind of a hiding spot did you want to find? Most of us wanted the perfect place where no one could find us. But, did you ever find a spot that was so good, you could not be found? What did you begin to do after several minutes of not being discovered? You called out, made some noise, whistled, or threw something. Why did you do this? Because you had hidden in a spot that was so good, it was boring! You wanted to do something to bring a little excitement back into the game.

                Some students are still playing hide and seek. They seek a place that is safe and secure and then hide there. “Hiding” is also being done by those who pretend to be putting forth an effort but are not truly trying to do their work completely, with enthusiasm and focused concentration. They do their school work with a lackluster effort. Over time, some people discover that these hiding places are so excessively safe, that they are boring. There is no excitement and little chance of being discovered, developed, or challenged. At some point, these people will make a decision to remain safely hidden or to make some noise. If they are content with being mediocre, they are happy. If they want to succeed and improve, they must decide to get involved, work on their own and make a commitment to shine through use.

                A good high school or college class room is the gathering place for individuals who don’t want to spend their lives hiding. It attracts those who want to make some noise, take some risks, and taste success. These people are doing more than becoming part of the easy way.   They are making a statement that they want to be active players in the game of life. It is a moment of boldness and courage. These people deserve to be respected. These students deserve our finest help and best assistance as they take continued steps on a journey that will wonderfully change their lives.

                ARE YOU BORED? ARE YOU ENERGIZED AND ENTHUSED WHEN THINKING ABOUT GOING TO SCHOOL OR WORK? NOW YOU HAVE A PROBABLE REASON WHY! ! !            

SECRET # 3 – GROWTH MEANS CHANGE AND CHANGE INVOLVES RISKS, STEPPING FROM THE KNOWN TO THE UNKNOWN 

To improve and succeed – Do the little things right and the BIG things will take care of themselves.  

                A martial art’s instructor- Mr. Karl – in the 1960’s said “To learn we must know that there is WISDOM to be learned – Knowledge to be gained. WE must create the Will to learn adding the INTENTION to learn and ENTHUSIASM.” 

                In Japanese, the word ‘dojo’ means a training hall or gymnasium where the Martial Arts are practiced. Its more literal translation means, ‘the place of the way’ or ‘a place of awakening’.   Exploring is the awakening. It is insight into the way things are because life has limitations. Life’s order is according to the laws of nature. If one conforms to these laws, an inner harmony will be sensed. 

                Find a life that cherishes the SUN and leave the SHADOWS of mediocrity. It is YOUR life after all. How do you wish to live? OH, by the way, you may share these “secrets”.

 

When an elephant is born into captivity, the owner ties the animal to a tree or post with a thick chain to prevent the 250-pound infant from escaping. During the first few weeks of his life, the small elephant tests the chain that binds him, again and again, in an attempt to free himself and wander as his nature urges him to do. His efforts, however, are no match for steel links. Over the course of a few weeks, he eventually learns that his resources are no match for the hardiness of the chain. He gives up any further attempts to free himself, and thus relegates himself to a life within a small circle. As an adult elephant conditioned by a past experience, he can now be tethered to a small tree with the thinnest of ropes or, in some cases, no rope at all. He makes no attempts to wander because he carries with him, for life, the belief that he does not possess the power to break the ties that bind him. The adult elephant could easily snap the rope or uproot the tree to which it is attached, but he makes no such effort, because early in life, he was taught that true freedom was not available to him. For the remainder of his life, he is tame and nothing like the captivating, powerful creature he was born to be. Can you sympathize with this elephant? Do you feel your life has been shackled by what you were conditioned to believe when you were young? Maybe the conditioning was even more recent than that. The time has come to unchain the elephant. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLE WHO EARNED PROMOTIONS SINCE OUR LAST NEWSLETTER!

Maddy RidgeJunior Yellow Belt – – Trevor Brown, Daniel TankelJunior Orange Belt – – Izzy DonicaJunior Green Belt #1 – – Tristen ChristianoJunior Green Belt #2 – – Abby Brown, Mikey Donica, Nic Curcio, Smyan Chinnam – Junior Purple Belt #1 – – Jake Brader – Brown Belt #2 – – Carolyn Kulick – Brown Belt #1 – – Thomas Schroeder – First Degree Black Belt – – Scott Conroy, Robert Kulick, Kristyn Wheeler, Shirley Zavala – Second Degree Black Belt – – Cassandra Brown – Sixth Degree Black Belt

As is evident through the above promotions, our school is doing well. A great deal of individual dedication has been demonstrated through earning advancements. The instructors take a great deal of pride in their efforts to help student learn. It is the student’s responsibility to take what is said and demonstrated and apply the teachings of the instructors. The students who do pay attention and apply what is said – – learn more quickly and thus earn advancement more quickly. An instructor should not have to repeat the same correction to form numerous times. If this happens it means the student is not listening or paying attention to the important details of basics, stances and advanced techniques.

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

The 2015 I.W.K.A. Championships are now a memory. Because of the help of family, students, parents and friends, it was a success.   If you were a part of the event, or helped to get some of the many details done and could not attend – THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. A list of the top place winners is on the bulletin board in the dojo.

In previous monthly newsletters, I have written about the importance of kata in the development of one’s karate skills. Other necessary elements to developing and understanding Isshin-ryu Karate are conditioning, self defense, mental and emotional discipline, breaking and sparring, to name a few. Each person must develop SEQUENCE – one move blending into another,       POWER CONTROL, SPEED & RHYTHM, DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT, EYE INTENSITY, SPIRIT, ATTITUDE,            POSTURE, and BALANCE. Thinking about these elements of our Art, each person must put forth more than just a modest effort if one is going to improve. “Going through the motions” is not going to create the ability to develop strength, better physical conditioning or mental toughness. Whether doing kihon (basics), kata (forms), kumises (sparring) or kobudo (weapons) – 100% of each move must be done with maximum strength, focus of thought and speed. As Hanshi Duessel said many times – “Speed + Form = Power”. If one element is missing there is no POWER. To succeed in any endeavor, 100% must be dedicated to the issue at hand (IN SCHOOL, IN THE DOJO, AT WORK AND . . .).

THE 58th ANNIVERSARY DON NAGLE’S AOKA TOURNAMENT IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19h. MARIST HIGH SCHOOL, BAYONNE. SEE ME TO REGISTER BEFORE 9/12/15 AND SAVE $$$$.

REMEMBER OUR KARATE CAMP – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th – STARTING AT 9 AM (ADULTS) – 10:30 (CHILDREN) TO 3:30 PM AT OUR HOME. REGISTRATION FROMS WILL BE AT THE DOJO. PLEASE REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th.

In this month’s news- letter, I will share some insights about sparring . . . some mine and some borrowed. Point sparing is a mental discipline. Here are some insights to learn to be a smart fighter.

There are many suggestions one may find in books or on videos about strategy.   These same strategies can be found in kata, when you come to understand them you will be better at both.   You should have a strategy when sparring, this will allow you to be flexible (by changing strategy), and to do this you must first understand what you are doing.

  1. Body language is an important point in fighting. Read your adversary and make openings.
  2. By taking away your adversary’s balance, you have greater opportunities for victory. Awareness and perception are strong weapons.
  3. A superior strategist uses multilevel attacks to his advantage, rather than single kicks or punches.
  4. Low counters are the rule for high attacks. Use high counters for low attacks. 5. Strategy is important in handling a skillful kicker. Do not limit yourself to only sweeping his balance. Try to anticipate his intention, intercept the kick and scoop the leg.
  5. Be quick to take advantage of an adversary who becomes emotional, overexcited, or confused by always evaluating his mental condition. 7. Never reveal your true intentions . . . 8. While a low posture may reduce mobility and hamper his kicking skills, be careful as it enhances hand power. Try to get inside an opponent’s high posture. 9. There is a degree of danger to oneself, and in particular to the genitals when kicking high. Be careful not to lean too far forward or too far backward and protect yourself at all times.

Believe that you have a chance to beat anyone, if you line up with someone bigger, stronger, faster, or better, believe you have the mental edge, and you will last until he makes a mistake; when he does, you will cash in. If he under estimates you, you win. If he gets sloppy or fancy, you’ll win. If he makes a mistake you’ll steal his confidence. If he stays disciplined and he does defeat you, have pride and know you gave him nothing, he earned the victory. Go shake hands and tell him well done. As soon as possible, start working on next time.

Know the rules, and stay inside them, but, make it plain to your opponent that you are not going to stand for continuous or blatant violations. If you want to be good and help the others in your dojo to be good then you need, to work with those who are better than you, take you lumps, and learn to give the same. Then work with those not as good to bring them to your level. Don’t be afraid to help someone that you suspect may become better then you. Stay within the rules, avoid areas likely to easily cause injury.   At the same time don’t get so caught up with winning that you cannot work with others in the dojo that are not as good as you without proving how good you are.

Generally, this is a mutual thing between training partners and adversaries. In the dojo with lesser or softer opponents if you over control it can just be a part of the learning and teaching process and it is better than harming the unprepared.   However, to get better you need someone with whom you can mutually agree, that we are GOING HARD.

What balance or ratio should there be for offense versus defense? Block and counter – try not to just block. Nothing is free.

A few final thoughts . . . As we are training our basics, we are building skills needed for kata and sparring. As we are training our kata, we are using skills needed for better sparring abilities, concentration, eye focus, balance, timing and development of techniques. Each area of our daily training helps to improve the total picture we call Isshin-ryu Karate. Short change one aspect and the picture is not complete.

 

AUGUST NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2015

THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5TH, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH AS MANY OF THE STUDENTS AND BLACK BELTS WILL BE IN PRINCETON FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WE ARE HOSTING. IF YOU ARE NOT COMPETING, FEEL FREE TO VISTI THE WESTIN HOTEL AT FORRESTAL VILLAGE TO WATCH THE EVENTS.

DIRECTIONS TO THE WESTIN: (COPIES ARE ALSO AT THE DOJO)

ROUTE 206 SOUTH OR 517 THROUGH LONG VALLEY TO ROUTE 78 TO 287 SOUTH

TO 206 SOUTH FOLLOW THRU HILLSBOROUGH

ONCE THRU HILLSBOROUGH . . . new pavement THE ROAD WILL GO TO 2 LANES

FOR A SHORT TIME . . Pass Nassau Tennis Club

AFTER IT GOES BACK TO 1 LANE . . . GO THRU 2 LIGHTS AND AT THE 3RD LIGHT

THERE IS A TIGER TALE, WAWA & SHELL (Turn is approx 13.5 mi. from Somerville Circle)

MAKE A LEFT (518) & GO THRU THE TOWN OF ROCKY HILL TO THE LIGHT

MAKE A RIGHT & DRIVE STRAIGHT APPROX. 3+ MILES

CROSS ROUTE 27 – CONTINUE STRAIGHT TO ROUTE 1

TURN RIGHT GOING SOUTH – APPROX. ½ MI – FORRESTAL VILLAGE SIGN

THE WESTIN IS IN THE VILLAGE COMPLEX – PARKING ON THE LEFT MEET IN THE LOBBY

 

I found an older article by Jim Rhon below that is quite timely as the IWKA Championships are just 9 days away.

In an article by Jim Rohn, FACING THE ENEMIES WITHIN, I found a number of thoughts that I find tie in very well with the martial arts as well as life in general. We are not born with courage, but neither are we born with fear. Maybe some of our fears are brought on by experiences, by what someone has told us, by what we’ve read in the papers. Some fears are valid, like walking alone in a bad part of town at two o’clock in the morning. Once we learn to avoid that situation, we won’t need to live in fear of it. Fears, even the most basic ones, can totally destroy our ambitions. Fear can destroy fortunes. Fear can destroy relationships. Fear, if left unchecked, can destroy our lives. Fear is one of the many enemies lurking inside us. Let’s investigate briefly five of the other enemies we face from within.

 

The first enemy that we must destroy before it destroys us is indifference. This tragic disease is the “Ho-hum, let it slide. I’ll just drift along.” Here’s one problem with drifting: we cannot drift our way to the top of a   mountain or improve upon our abilities.

The second enemy we face is indecision. Indecision is the thief of opportunity and enterprise. It will steal your chances for a better future. To improve we must make a decision or take a chance.

The third enemy inside is doubt. There is room for healthy skepticism. Everything cannot be believed. Many people doubt the past, doubt the future, doubt each other, doubt the government, doubt the possibilities and doubt the opportunities. Worse of all, they doubt themselves. Doubt will destroy life and chances of success if not balanced with intelligence. We must work to improve upon our abilities and self assurance, which will help us to become leaders in our communities.

The fourth enemy within is worry.   Worry can be useful. If you step off a curb and a car is coming, you’ve got to worry. But do not let worry loose like a mad dog that drives us into a small corner. Balance concern with intelligence – drive them into a small corner. Whatever is out to get you, you’ve got to control it. Whatever is pushing on you, you’ve got to push back.

The fifth interior enemy is over-caution. It is the timid approach to life. Timidity is not a virtue; it’s an illness. If permitted, it’ll conquer our spirit. Timid people don’t get promoted. They don’t advance, grow or become a positive part of the community. Strive to be a Force of ONE. Individuals with conviction can and do make a difference.

Do battle with fear. Build the courage to fight what’s creating the drawbacks in life. Keep goals and dreams in your mind and heart.   Be courageous in life and in the pursuit of the things that will assist you in becoming the person you want to become.

Do you ever wish you could look into the future and see where you will be and what you will be doing? I am not talking about paying money to “psychics” or reading tea leaves and cards. What I am talking about is much more accurate and reliable. You can see your own future and it won’t cost you any money.

If you want to know what your future is going to be like, don’t look into a crystal ball. Instead, take a look at your present thoughts. Your present thoughts determine your future.

The thoughts you have form your belief system. And, if you want to see your belief system, which is just a collection of thoughts you accept as true, take a look at your life. Your life is your belief, made into reality.

For instance, if you believe there is never enough, that life is a struggle, that you will have to fight for what you get, then you will never have enough, and you will struggle and fight your way through life.

If you believe there is no limit to what you can do, and adversity just makes you stronger, then your life will be one of achievement and resiliency. Understand that what you see in life depends mainly on what you look for. This means that everything you see, everything you do, everything you hear and think and wonder about is filtered through your belief system.

So, if you want to shape your future into a happy, productive, fulfilling time, eliminate negative thoughts about what you don’t want, in favor of positive ones about what you do.

THE NEXT STEP IS YOURS – – FORM, FUNCTION, FANTASIZE

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

JUNE NEWSLETTER

June 2015

 There has not been much response to having a yard sale at Cassandra Brown’s this weekend (June 5 and / or 6). If you are interested please call the dojo or email ASAP.

 BROWN & BLACK BELTS – WILL YOU BE ATTENDING THE JUDGING SEMINAR SATURDAY FROM 1:30 to 3:30.   LET ME KNOW BY WEDNESDAY OR I MAY HAVE TO CANCEL.

         Also, I have Hanshi’s Sai Posters from the Buffalo summit that people asked me to get. If you want one see me.

 

Congratulations to the students who earned promotions since our last newsletter – Junior Yellow Belt – Rachel & Daniel Tankel, Junior Orange Belt – Anthony & Kyle Coletta.

Students who have earned promotions are to be commended.  The receiving of a new rank is a challenge to improve.  Just like school or work, the people who work and are diligent in their preparations are the ones who succeed.  It is our hope that each student practices at home so a promotion may be deserved and respected once awarded.

 

How to Turn Ideas into Action – by Jim Rohn
         Being disciplined requires the development of the ability to take action. Hasty action is not necessary, but don’t lose time. The time to act is when the idea strikes us—when it is hot and the emotion is strong, before the feeling passes and the idea dims. If you don’t, you’ll fall prey to the law of diminishing intent. A month from now, the passion will be cold—a year from now, it won’t be found.

So take action. Set up discipline when the excitement is high and your idea is clear and powerful. You’ve got to take action—otherwise the wisdom is wasted. The enthusiasm will soon pass, unless you apply it to a disciplined activity. Discipline enables you to capture the emotion and wisdom and translate them into action. The key is to increase your motivation.

The greatest value of discipline is self-worth, also known as self-esteem. Many people who are teaching self-esteem these days don’t connect it to discipline. But once we sense the lack of discipline within ourselves, it starts to erode our psyche. One of the greatest temptations is to just ease up a little bit. Instead of doing your best, you allow yourself to do just a little less than your best. Sure enough, you’ve started in the slightest way to decrease your sense of self-worth.

There is a problem with even a little bit of neglect—neglect starts as an infection. If you don’t take care of it, it becomes a disease—and one neglect leads to another. Once this has happened, how can you regain your self-respect? All you have to do is act now. Start with the smallest discipline that corresponds to your own philosophy. Make the commitment: I will discipline myself to achieve my goals so that in the years ahead I can celebrate my successes.

 

EXPECT TO WIN

Not only during competitions but especially in life do the preparations and expect to win. “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillo,” says Jim Hightower. Decide to do something now to make your life better. The choice is yours.             “My decision is maybe—and that’s final.” Is this you? Being decisive is essential for a successful life. If you deny yourself commitment, what will you do with your life? Every accomplishment, great or small, starts with a decision.

David Ambrose remarked, “If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don’t, you have achieved half your failure.”   The moment a commitment is made, change begins. All sorts of things happen to help you that never would have otherwise occurred. Kenneth Blanchard observed, “There is a difference between interests and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you only do it when it is convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” Lack of decisiveness has caused more failures than lack of intelligence or ability.     Indecision often gives an advantage to the other person because they did their thinking beforehand. Helen Keller said, “Science may have found a cure for most evil, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all—the apathy of human beings.” Don’t leave a decision for tomorrow that needs to be made today.

Athletes have learned to enhance participation during practice and competition by visualizing the desired outcome. They mentally prepare and their physical participation improves because of the positive mental attitude that has been developed.   Remember, don’t be a “middle-of-the-roader” because the middle of the road is the worst place to try to go forward. You can do everything you ought to do once you make a decision. Today, decide on your dream.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit relates that for one to be successful in school, work or karate the individual must develop GRIT.  Each of us must commit to sticking with the program, doing the work, preparing to achieve greatness by developing stamina.  Life, school, work and karate are marathons . . . not sprints.  The discipline learned through committing to succeed will create a solid work ethic.  Understanding and doing what it takes is more than worth attaining the goal at the end.  As has been said it is the journey that has value not the destination alone.

HOW TO LEARN –

Understand that there something to be learned—knowledge to be gained

You must create the will to learn, intention to learn plus enthusiasm.

There is no substitute for continuous participation in class.

Allow yourself to be guided through this knowledge, and do not become concerned with how fast you learn but how well you learn.  Being concerned with how fast you learn will develop anxiety which will prevent you from learning.

May 2015 Newsletter

MAY 2015 Newsletter

Why Keep a Journal?

If you’re serious about becoming a dedicated Isshin-ryu student, don’t simply trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down. When you learn new pieces of kata, write them down. When you learn self-defense techniques, write them down. When you attend a seminar and hear and learn new things, write them down. The brain has 60,000 thoughts a day. Remembering unwritten information or new techniques is at times extremely difficult, especially until they become second nature. If you take notes on pieces of paper and torn-off corners and backs of old envelopes, these ideas most certainly will become lost. Things to keep in the journal are pictures, dates of events and promotions and people you’ve met. Take the time to write notes and to keep a journal. You’ll be so glad you did.

In Getting Unstuck, George and Sedena take “complicated” out of the equation and offer us guidance for the times we are facing significant challenges, all the while reminding us that life never misses an opportunity to offer us new chances and fresh starts. We can keep our balance even when we feel like we are on the shakiest ground. That reconnecting with ourselves to become more enlightened and empowered is possible. 10 Simple Rules to Embracing Change and Celebrating Your Life from “Secret Seven: Connect, Understand and Accept”

“Imagine what it would be like to live in a world where you are more concerned about what you have to offer than what you have to hide.” ~Unknown

This is a very powerful quote. It asks us to imagine a world very different from the one many of us live in. The current state of the world is better described by the second part of this Seventh Secret, a part not included in this title. The full secret says, “Connect, understand and accept…don’t protect, defend, and resist.”

Why is this secret so important? To get ourselves unstuck from things that prevent us from living the life we were born to live, to spread our wings and soar, we must also remember that our world is changing rapidly. Although there have always been dangers and threats, they have been heightened with the advent of the information age and its instant forms of digital communication. Our sense of safety is also impacted by the major life transitions we all experience: job security, financial challenges, illnesses, loss of a loved one, aging, etc.

In the face of this, it is no wonder we find ourselves a little breathless, bewildered and sometimes resistant to change. And yet, if we want to get unstuck, live lives of quality and dignity, accomplish our dreams, celebrate our talents, and pass on our gifts and wisdom to others, we would be wise to take the Seventh Secret to heart.

Adopting this secret allows you to change where you may feel stuck. Where there is a perceived threat, there can be a new sense of openness and curiosity, empathy and accord. Where there is distrust, there can be greater receptivity, balance and the ability to stay in the present more often.

This new approach will give you a new sense of freedom, new levels of energy and passion and a greater understanding of the role you and your beliefs play in determining the quality of your life.

In the end, it all comes down to a matter of choice. Each of us can choose to be reactive and at the mercy of a world that appears threatening, or we can choose to be open to life and its remarkable possibilities. We can be defensive and protective, or we can live with a new spring in our step and spirit, eyes that truly see, ears that really hear, and a heart that can feel the wonder and celebrate the magnificent mystery that is life.

Be open to possibility, rather than reliant on negativity. Instead of being defensive and protective, you can live with your eyes and ears fully open. It’s amazing what just a slight shift in perspective can do…it can make all the difference in the world. With these simple yet powerful little nuggets of wisdom, 2015 can be the year you stop feeling stuck and truly start celebrating your life!

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. It is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day.

And failure’s most dangerous attribute is its subtlety. In the short term, small errors don’t seem to make any difference. We do not seem to be failing. In fact, sometimes these accumulated errors in judgment occur throughout a period of great joy and prosperity in our lives. Because there are no instant consequences to capture our attention, we simply drift from one day to the next, repeating errors, thinking the wrong thoughts, listening to the wrong voices and making the wrong choices. It is imperative to refine our philosophy in order to be able to make better choices.

Just like the formula for failure, the formula for success is easy to follow. It’s a few simple disciplines practiced every day. How can we change the errors in the formula for failure into the disciplines required in the formula for success? The answer is by making the future an important part of our current philosophy.

One of the exciting things about the formula for success is that the results are almost immediate. As we voluntarily change daily errors into daily disciplines, we experience positive results in a very short period of time. Whatever new discipline we begin to practice daily will produce exciting results that will drive us to become even better at developing more new disciplines.

The real magic of new disciplines is that they cause us to amend our thinking. If we were to start today by reading books, keeping a journal, attending classes, and listening and observing more, today would be the first day of a new life leading to a better future. If we were to start today to try harder, and in every way make a conscious and consistent effort to change subtle and deadly errors into constructive and rewarding disciplines, we would never again settle for a life of existence—not once we have tasted the fruits of a life of substance!

IWKA 2015 Commemorative Coin

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We have received the Isshin-ryu & World Championship coins . . . thanks to the work of Mr. Schroeder. They are 2” in diameter with a clear plastic case. The cost is $20.00. See Hanshi or Mrs. Hughes.

Mrs. Brown will be holding a yard sale at her home to help raise funds for the 2015 IWKA Championship Event. Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Any items may be brought to 4 Windswept Way, Long Valley – – off Schooley’s Mt. Road Friday after 3 PM or Saturday morning. Need more information see Hanshi. We also could use some help for a portion of each day.

Scott Miller and Tom Schroeder are coordinating a golf tournament to help raise funds for the World Event.
Sunday, June 6 – Minebrook Golf Club – 3 PM Shotgun Start – Registration forms are at the dojo.

REMEMBER OUR 30TH BENEFIT TOURNAMENT IS THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH AT HACKETTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL. THE EVENT BEGINS AT 10:15 AM. STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE AROUND 9 AM. THERE IS STILL TIME TO PREREGISTER. FORMS ARE AT THE DOJO. THIS IS A GOOD TUNE UP FOR THE WORLD EVENT IN AUGUST. STUDENTS ARE DIVIDED INTO AGE AND ABILITY GROUPING. SCORE KEEPERS AND OTHER HELPERS ARE NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.

BROWN AND BLACK BELTS – REMEMBER TO SEE HANSHI ABOUT THE MAY 16TH (SATURDAY) JUDGING SEMINAR WITH MASTER MARCUM. I NEED TO GET A HEAD COUNT. THE COST IS $15.00 TO COVER THE CERTIFICATION. IT WILL REVIEW KATA AND SPARRING PROCEDURES. REVIEW THE RULES INFORMATION ON THE WEB SITE A FEW TIMES BEFORE THAT SATURDAY.

APRIL NEWSLETTER

IT IS NOT TOO EARLY TO REGISTER FOR OUR 30th BENEFIT TOURNAMENT, SUNDAY, APRIL 26th AT HACKETTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL.

             IT IS NOT TOO EARLY TO REGISTER FOR THE 2015 I.W.K.A. CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT WEEKEND THIS AUGUST 6,7 & 8 AT THE WESTIN HOTEL IN FORRESTAL VILLAGE.

 ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE TWO EVENTS SEE HANSHI

ALL FROMS AND INFORMATION ARE AT THE DOJO

 

            Traditional Isshin-ryu Karate training centers on character development and the development of a positive self-image.  As parents, responsible adults and members of the greatest society in the world, we must be accountable for our actions and at times work to influence the actions of others.  We must work to be the candle’s light and not just the reflection of the light. 

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

James Keller

             We should stop and think about the VALUES necessary do develop CHARACTER and a positive self-image.  We must understand that the hope for the future is found in the power of the present.   A person’s attitude can change when the input changes because – Where you are and what you are is because of what has gone into your mind.  Do not let people think for you.  Stand on your own two feet. 

            We work to develop the intrinsic value system in the karate students at this dojo.  We work long and hard to earn each and every rank. This is accomplished at the time when the student knows and understands the material, at his or her level.  

            We must work to make our training, family development and personal insights meaningful.  Something cannot be made important to someone else, SO we must make what we do important and meaningful to ourselves.

“We lift ourselves by our thought.  If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere.”   Orison Swett Marden

Life, like the roads on which we drive after this past winter, have a lot of potholes, detours and roadblocks along the way. Remember life, though there are detours and potholes, is terrific!
 

Persist no matter what.

Endure discomfort.

Request help.

Steadfastly hold on to your beliefs and values.

Envision triumph.

Very consistently keep at it.

Embrace adversity as your teacher.

Refuse to give up.

Enjoy and celebrate every tiny bit of progress

PERSEVERE!

             As a student advances in the study of the martial arts, he or she learns that the mind is a powerful factor in everything that is done.  A student, who first confronts a situation that is stressful or difficult, may fear failure or injury.  With support from the Sensei, fellow students and family, each student is able to successfully train the body and mind to overcome most obstacles.

Proper practice is essential if what is to be learned is being done correctly at home as well as in the dojo.  Daily dedication is necessary for the student to progress.  Often a student achieves a rank and after a period of time wants further advancement and may become disenchanted.  These times of struggle are at a time when the student is nearing the time when improvement is going to be made or a time when better training habits are needed.  Talk to us at the dojo so we are able to help you over these troubling times.

            Visualization is a practice that enables the student to see the PERFECT kata or technique in the mind’s eye.  THEN the student works to duplicate the style, form, fluid motion and power desired – UNTIL THE SKILL BECOMES THE TECHNIQUE IN THE MIND’S EYE.  With continued effort, each skill level continues to improve until the student understands that each and every part of his or her karate and life may ALWAYS be made better.

With time and maturity, each student works to control negative thoughts.  Thinking positively is natural for some individuals, yet some seem to find it difficult to look for the bright side of situations and life.  As the student desires to develop PROPER PRACTICE SKILLS and VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES, he or she is working to improve a little bit at a time, day by day.  With the development of the body and karate techniques, the student is working to improve his or her mind.  As the mind controls the whole of our being, with each small improvement, the student is working to improve the mind, body and spirit . . . the ultimate goal of Isshin-ryu Karate, “The One Heart Way.

The process of development of one’s skills in karate is a step by step process.  The foundation is molded using the basics, the simple repetitious practice of a block, punch, kick or strike.  This foundation is developed further making a combination of two or more techniques.  These combinations are further elaborated upon when they become formalized into kata.   These building blocks must be stressed so when the student advances into higher levels of kata, sparring and weapons study, he or she is prepared and understands proper use of stance, balance, focus of power and the need to keep working to make each element of the style better with each practice.

The study of traditional karate emphasizes the use of the Beginner’s Mind.

Each day is a new day.

Each training session is a time to learn and start with an open mind.

Each technique, kata or drill should be done with enthusiasm and energy that was demonstrated the first time the dojo was entered.

MARCH 2015

Parts of the following few paragraphs comes from an article written by Jim Rohn, regarding living a successful life. One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being.

While we are home, our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at work or school. We find ourselves worrying about problems at home. We go through the day without really listening to what others are saying to us. We might be hearing the words, but we aren’t absorbing the message.

As we go through the day, we find ourselves focusing on past experiences or future possibilities. We are so involved in yesterday and tomorrow that we never even notice that today is slipping by. We go through the day rather than getting something from the day. We are everywhere at any given moment in time—except living in that moment.

A successful lifestyle is learning to be IN the moment. It is developing a unique focus, drawing from it all of the substance and wealth of experience and emotions that it has to offer. Lifestyle is taking time to watch a sunset. It is listening to silence. It is capturing each moment so that it becomes a new part of what we are now and what we are in the process of becoming. Lifestyle is not something we do—it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.

How does a person become successful? The answer is simple: I set the goals that could change my life. I read books that could affect my thinking and my ideas. I attend classes and seminars, to get around other successful people. The main reason most people are not doing as well as they could and should can be summed up in a single word: neglect. This country does no lack money, or opportunity to succeed, or books. Our schools have classrooms with good teachers. Everything we need to become successful is within our reach. Neglect is like an infection. Left unchecked, it will spread throughout our entire system of disciplines and eventually lead to a complete breakdown of a successful life.   As our self-confidence diminishes, so does the level of our activity. And as our activity diminishes, our results decline, our attitude begins to weaken. Ultimately, our attitude begins the slow shift from positive to negative. When given the choice of “easy to” and “easy not to,” do not neglect to do the simple, basic, easy—but potentially life-changing—activities and disciplines.

The moment a commitment to succeed is made, change begins. When this happens excuses are not accepted, only results. Lack of decisiveness has caused more failures than lack of intelligence or ability. The concepts of neglect and indecision often gives an advantage to the other person. Do not leave a decision for tomorrow that needs to be made today.

As preparations are made to participate in our 30th Benefit Tournament in April 26th and the 2015 IWKA World Championship Event in August 6th, 7th & 8th desiring to do well is not enough.   Each person must prepare to do well diligently practicing at home as well as in the dojo. How one practices is the level that one will achieve during any performance. This is also true in school and at work. Each person must begin to visualize success.

Visualization the key to success in the martial arts and life –

From the November 2006 Newsletter It is good to revisit positive messages every so often

Visualization is an inner power that has been documented for thousands of years, has been proven in industries from martial arts to medicine to quantum physics and can be used to perform an advanced technique, pass a test in school, help to heal an illness or help to achieve success.  Done properly, it can increase speed, strength and stamina, and it can make us capable of maneuvers that practice alone could never accomplish. Of course combining it with appropriate physical training is also important to ensure that an individual’s body is coordinated with the mind!  Visualization is used in meditation, affirmations of success and in many other systems in order to control the physical body with the mind.  Again, in the most basic form, it is simply seeing in your mind the completion of an action or having particular emotion associated to a given situation.  Visualization is the use of imagery, which is the way the mind, communicates with the body. An injury or illness cannot be told to heal itself.  There is actually a biological connection between the mind and the body that you can take advantage of with this process.  Visualization has been shown to cure disease, treat stress, and boost self-esteem relaxing the body and mind. If a mental picture of the wound shrinking and healing is visualized, studies have shown that it will heal significantly faster. This technique can be used for almost anything, whether it is to step into the ring and face an opponent, to speak in front of a crowd or to see the success and improvement in the quality of one’s life. A mind is not put to full use when it wanders and focuses on negative emotions or actions. If we do not focus on positive events, our bodies are affected by releasing hormones and chemicals because your body thinks the thoughts are reality. When trained, as many martial artists have discovered, anyone’s mind can create the situation where doing things that others thought were impossible are now possible. To use visualization to practice a maneuver effectively, first know exactly how the action should be performed, because visualizing it incorrectly is the same as physically doing it incorrectly. When you visualize, use deep breathing and picture yourself performing the action flawlessly. Imagine how it feels physically and emotionally as well as how it appears. Visualization is more than a snapshot of what the maneuver is to look like; it is an experience. One theory is that the mind is afraid of the unknown and considers it to be threatening.  If a child imagines a monster in the closet, it is real to the child unless the door of the closet may be opened to prove that there is no monster.  So, what is thought to be real is real until it is tested and proven.   On the other hand the mind considers what we know and understand to be pleasurable.  This means that once the technique or thought becomes a part of the ‘understood or acceptable’ category the brain will stop fighting and will do everything possible to make it happen. This works for physical or emotional challenges. An emotional challenge may be anxiety before a test, fear of public speaking or apprehension to commit to become successful.  Once calmness or excitement is connected to being tested, public speaking or any desired outcome, the visualization associated with success will physically begin to change feelings associated in that situation. By appropriately using visualization to associate positive emotions and outcomes with these situations, feelings of anxiety, fear or apprehension will fade away. The primary stages in accomplishing these techniques are to FIRST, sit comfortably, close your eyes and begin breathing deeply. Clear your mind and focus only on the matter at hand. Imagine doing or achieving the desired technique or outcome.  NEXT, mentally see the scenario as if it was being accomplished perfectly.  As this is accomplished (a number of times) old habits and thoughts are replaced by the successes accomplished by using positive thought processes.  Feelings of positive success begin to translate into physical and emotional excitement.  As the old habit is worked through or as the desired outcome is seen clearly, accept openly the positive emotions of accomplishment and pride. Feel them in every way possible. You should be able to touch, smell, feel, see and hear the skills and abilities becoming reality. Just like learning anything worthwhile, visualization and positive imaging requires practice. In time many parts of life will be positively affected with these techniques, thus improving the quality of live.  NOTHING IS BEYOND THE GRASP OF A POSITIVE MIND!

BLACK BELTS BEGIN TO REVIEW THE IWKA JUDGING INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITE. WE WILL BE HAVING MR. MARCUM COME TO GO OVER THESE RULES PRIOR TO THE TOURNAMETN.

REMEMBER:  Doug King’s tournament at Newton High School is March 22nd.