FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER

Now that we are a month into 2015

what are we doing to be successful?

          How dramatically we can change our results is largely a function of imagination.  The process of changing imagination’s dream state to reality is possible.  Dreams are a representation of the kind of life one wants to lead. Dreams can motivate action.  Many dreams have been initially thought impossible have become real.  People have said that the world was flat and that man would never fly.  We are able to travel around the world, into outer space and that is reality, even beyond “Superman”.   We must develop the abilities to expand our desires into reality by creating desire, with a plan and continued effort.  Where we are today is not where we will be in the future.   One must believe and work toward success.  As we are progressing into 2015 plan a bit of time to imagine what will become a new reality.

Never depend on the admiration of other. There is no strength in it. One=s future cannot be derived from an external source. It is not to be found in personal associations, nor can it be found in the regard of other people. It is a fact of life that other people, even people who love you, will not necessarily agree with one’s ideas, and understand or share your enthusiasms.  Who cares what other people think?!  A dream can only be lost if the individual stops working toward it.

Create your own dream reality. It cannot be achieved solely through associations with people of excellence. You have been given your own work to do. Get to it right now, do your best at it, and don=t be concerned with who is watching.  Do useful work without regard to the honor or admiration that efforts might win from others. There is no such thing as vicarious success.  Other people=s triumphs and excellence belong to them. Likewise, one’s possessions may have excellence, but we don=t derive excellence from them.

Think about it: What is really our own? How we make of the ideas, resources and opportunities that come our way are what make us unique. Read books. Learn from them. Apply their wisdom. Put specialized knowledge to its full use. Follow through on good ideas and insights. Make the most of what natural abilities.  To utilize this power our dreams must be well defined.  To achieve success through dreams and to have plans move forward, dreams must be vivid.  Dream and envision the future. As with visualization techniques, see the finish line while moving toward the goal.  Be willing to work through the process of doing the uncomfortable until it becomes comfortable and until the dream is realized.

Beyond dreams to continue to live a positive life, look for the good in what people do.  Actions speak louder than words.  Be careful of the counsel you give, if success is not achieved by the user, the failure to succeed may be viewed as a result of your advice and not the problem of the individual you tried to help.  Lives should be lived trying to help others, as the stronger man did when he stayed behind to help a brother who stumbled.  We are all related by the lives we live, the good or bad we do for others and the relationships we develop as our lives touch another.  Remain positive.  Do good deeds for others.  Strive to help others.  By doing these things you will live a fulfilling life.

 

THE PICKLE JAR STORY

      A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty pickle jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two glasses of chocolate milk from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

The Moral of the Story – The professor waited for the laughter to subside….

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things…your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions. Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.”

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your home, your car.”

The sand is everything else…The small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are critical to your happiness.”

“Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house or fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities, the rest is just sand.”

 

BROWN AND BLACK BELTS – CHECK THE DOJO WEB SITE www.isshin-ryu.com AND BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE RULES FOR SCORING AND JUDGING AT THE IWKA TOURNAMENT.

STUDENTS INTERESTD IN COMPETING IN TOURNAMENTS, OUR 30TH BENEFIT IS SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015 AT HACKETTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL  AND THE I.W.K.A . CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT WE ARE HOSTING IS AUGUST 6, 7 & 8 IN PRINCETON. THE 6TH FINDS SEMINARS, THE 7TH FINDS SEMINARS AND THE BEGINNING OF THE TOURNAMENT AND THE 8TH IS THE MAJOR PORTION OF THE COMPETITION AND THE BANQUET AND AFTER PARTY WHICH FOLLOW THE EVENT. ALL INFROMATION IS ON OUR WEBSITE.

SPECIAL TRAINING SESSIONS WILL BE THE 3RD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 6 PM PRIOR TO THE BROWN & BLACK BELT SESSION AND THE 1ST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 12:30 FOLLOWING MORNING CLASSES FOR AN HOUR.

Remember the Golden Rule Tournament at Warren Hills HS Sunday, February 8 . . . snow date Feb. 28.

JANUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER

CONGRATULATIONS for earning a promotion since our last newsletter – Ty Patrick Schroeder – Junior Orange Belt

 CONGRATULATIONS TO MOOSE AND SHELBY – PROUD PARETNS OF NINE PUPS BORN DECEMBER 13th.  Shelby is being a great mother and Moose likes to visit regularly to check on the wellbeing of  kids.

 

          As I type I think back on the training that we have done in the dojo since 1979.  There are nine students with more than 20 years of dedication still involved in our training.  The training has remained traditional in nature, which is uncommon in these days because most directors of schools look to make money, sacrificing the “art and the tradition of self discovery and intrinsic improvement.”

             One of the strengths of a karate training session is that the process is mental as well as physical, so the whole person benefits from the time spent in the dojo as well as during the disciplined practice at home.  We cannot attempt to stay at the same level that we are at today.  We must try to improve our abilities at kata, kumite, and self development.

            Another strength of traditional karate training is seen when the student can focus his or her energies on the inner qualities that set our training apart from other forms of exercise.  Goal setting is not unique to karate training but is at times different because we cannot look at just the physical benefits of an exercise program.  We must take into account that we want to improve ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally.  Think about what you want to accomplish during this year and write it on a piece of paper – – – put it away in a safe place (with your monthly dojo newsletters) and look at it every so often to see if progress is being made toward accomplishing the desired goal.     

            Accept the challenge of setting realistic short and long term goals.  Be prepared to work toward the goal and step by step improvements will be made.

 

“Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide, for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment.”    Og Mandino

 

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 writing about paying money to “psychics” or reading tea leaves and cards. What I am relating 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.

“There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstances of your life can change! ” . . . “There is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and that truth is this: you deserve all good things life has to offer . . . Your current thoughts are creating your future life. What you think about the most or focus the most will appear as your life . . . You cannot help the world by focusing on the negative things. As you focus on the world’s negative events, you not only add to them, but you also bring more negative things into your own life . . .  Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attraction and energy to trust, love, abundance, education, and peace . . .  Everything is energy. You are an energy magnet, so you electrically energize everything to you and electrically energize yourself to serve everything you want . . . Your power is in your thoughts, so stay aware. In other words, “Remember to remember.”  (Selected thoughts from THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne)

“You will attract everything that you require. If it’s money you need you will attract it. If it’s people you need you’ll attract it. You’ve got to pay attention to what you’re attracted to, because as you hold images of what you want, you’re going to be attracted to things and they’re going to be attracted to you. But it literally moves into physical reality with and through you. And it does that by law. (Bob Proctor)

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

 

Words To Live By ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

It’s not how much you accomplish in life that really counts, but how much you give to others.

It’s not how high you build your dreams that makes a difference, but how high your faith can climb.

It’s not how many goals you reach, but how many lives you touch.

It’s not who you know that matters, but who you are inside.

Believe in the impossible, hold tight to the incredible, and live each day to its fullest potential.

 You can make a difference in your world.

 

2015 – The new year is upon us. What it becomes is going to be determined by each of us. Many great things are already planned :

        Our 30th Benefit Tournament is Sunday, April 26th.

        The I. W. K. A. Championship Event we are hosting is August 6, 7 & 8 in Princeton, NJ.

 

Golden Rule Karate Tournament at Warren Hills H.S. is Sunday, February 8 with a bad weather date of February 22. This is a good event to participate in to get ready for our upcoming events.

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

This Winter Season – Be safe! ! ! Remember to listen to WRNJ 1510 M or 92.7 FM radio station for class cancellations due to weather. . . or check the dojo website – www.isshin-ryu.com

There are no classes on December 24, 25, 26  & 31 and January 1.   Plan ahead and make classes up.

Knowledge . . . Each person has an amazing mind with a capacity for learning which is beyond comprehension.   During a discussion during one of my college classes prior to Thanksgiving, it became evident through grades and participation that some of the students were thinking more about the end of the semester than continuing to try to improve and advance necessary skills. Whether we think about School, Work or Karate, we must strive to improve and continue to exercise our minds with challenging information. The effort needed to improve requires less time involved if one desires to improve. Putting forth haphazard effort causes the individual to spend much more time to improve and advance than if the person tries consistently to do each task to the best of his or her ability.

The only responsibility that a man cannot evade in life is the one he thinks of  least, his personal influence. Man’s conscious influence, when he is on dress parade, when he is attempting to impress those around him, is unfortunately small. But his unconscious influence, the silent, subtle radiation of his personality, the effect of his words, are tremendous. Every moment of life he is changing, to a degree . . . the life of the whole world. Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other. So silent and unconscious is this influence working, that man may forget that it exists.

As John Donne said:  No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. . . . any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or for evil, the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what a man  truly is, not what he pretends to be. Every man, by his living, is radiating sympathy, or sorrow,  or cynicism, or happiness, or hope, or any of a hundred other qualities. Life is a state of constant radiation and absorption; to exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiations from The Majesty of Calmness   –  by William George Jordan

 

3 Keys to Finding Your Genius Article by Jim Rohn

  1. Get the right knowledge. Words—if they are not true—are meaningless. I hear children say, “I read it in a book.” But is it true? Just because someone says it or writes it, doesn’t mean it is true. As learners, we want to get the right knowledge, not just information or opinions. It is our job to seek out information and knowledge and then test it and run it through our minds to see if it is true and if it can be rightfully applied to our lives in order to make them better. We need to weigh and measure what we learn in order to gain the right knowledge.
  2. Become passionate about learning. This will take some work, but the only way to do it is to begin learning about things that have an immediate impact in your life. When you learn about a new financial concept that helps you earn money or get out of debt, you get fired up. When you learn about a way to communicate that helps you sell more products, you’ll feel energized. When you learn about how to interact with your family in a healthy way and your relationships get better, you’ll feel inspired.
  3. Discipline yourself through the hard work of study. Learning will take work. Until someone comes up with modules that can plug into your mind and give you instant access to knowledge, you are on your own, and that takes work. The process of learning is a long one. Yes, we can speed it up, but it is still a process of reading, listening, reviewing, repetition, applying the knowledge, experiencing the outcomes, readjusting, etc. Simply put, it takes time. Slowly but surely, when you discipline yourself, you will gain knowledge and begin learning. Learning is possible, no matter what your age. You are never too young or too old. Your mind was created to learn and has a huge capacity to do so. This week, make a commitment to unlock the potential of your mind

  BEGIN DOING TODAY – TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF –

REESTABLISH MEANINGFUL GOALS

 

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”    Vince Lombardi

 

THE BEST WAY TO SUCCEED !

MAKE A LIST OF YOUR VALUES – What’s really important to you? Your family? Your  religion? Your leisure time? Your hobbies? Decide on what your most  important values in life are and then make sure that the goals you set are designed to include and enhance them.

     BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND – Tom Watson, the founder of IBM was once asked what he attributed the phenomenal success of IBM to and he said it was three things: The first thing was that he created a very clear image in his mind of  what he wanted his company to look like when it was done. He then asked himself how would a company like that have to act on a day-to-day basis. In the very beginning of building his company, he began to act  that way.

     PROJECT YOURSELF INTO THE FUTURE – The late, great Earl Nightingale created a whole new  industry (self-improvement) after a 20-year study on what made people successful. The bottom-line result of his research was simply, “We Become What We Think About.” Whatever thoughts dominate our minds most of the time are what we  become. That’s why goal setting is so critical in achieving success  because it keeps us focused on what’s really important to us. He then said that the easiest way to reach our goals is to pretend that we had ALREADY achieved our goals.  That is, begin to walk, talk and act as though we are already experiencing the success we seek. Then, those things will come to us  naturally through the power of the subconscious mind.

     WRITE DOWN TEN THINGS THAT YOU WANT THIS YEAR – By making a list of the things that are important to you,  you begin to create images in your mind. It’s been said that your mind  will actually create chaos if necessary to make images become a reality.       Because of this, the list of ten things will probably result in you achieving at least eight of them within the year.

     ASK YOURSELF GOOD QUESTIONS   As you think about your goals, instead of WISHING for them to come  true, ask yourself HOW and WHAT CAN YOU DO to make them come true. The subconscious mind will respond to your questions far greater  than just

making statements or making wishes.

     FOCUS ON ONE PROJECT AT A  TIME   One of the greatest mistakes people make in setting goals  is trying to work on too many things at one time. There is tremendous  power in giving laser beam focused attention to just one idea, one project  or one objective at a time.

     WRITE OUT AN “IDEAL  SCENARIO” Pretend that you are a newspaper reporter that has just finished an interview about the outstanding success that you’ve  achieved and the article is now in the newspaper.   How would it read? What would be the headline?

    

REMEMBER: If you cannot attend a class and you wish to make the class up – – call ahead – – If you do not call you forfeit the chance to do so.

 

Do you have someone that is hard to find something for?

Give the Gift of Health and Security an

Isshin-ryu Gift Certificate

or needed karate equipment . . . Remember order through us & SAVE $

 

Do Something Good for someone in your life . . . For a change Start with Yourself! There is no time like the present!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS WHO EARNED PROMOTIONS SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER. JR. YELLOW BELTJR. ORANGE BELT

 

Two students competed in the NOVEMBER 16TH – – TOYS FOR TOTS KARATE TOURNAMENT – – Jake Brader and Sammy Heinrich. Both did well and demonstrated outstanding Isshin-ryu form and spirit. CONGRATULATIONS!

 

MRS. HUGHES AND I WISH YOU A MAGNIFICENT HOLIDAY SEASON AND LET’S SET OUR SIGHTS HIGH FOR 2015

 

Lastly, as you read this newsletter, there are approximately 250 days until the start of meeting, seminars, the tournament and festivities for the 2015 IWKA Championship Event in Princeton that we are hosting. If you have contacts with any business that may benefit from being seen by the many hundreds of people that study Isshin-ryu Karate in this area (where there are at least 40 dojos within a 40 minute drive) or the thousands from across the country and world that will at least visit our web page, see me and I can create a custom letter of information to them and include sponsorship materials.   The first cutoff date for registration is December 5 – – – just a few days away. I meet friends I have met since one of the first events held in 1971. Children and adults will benefit from being a part of the event, as will parents and friends.

 

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS WHO EARNED PROMOTIONS SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER. JR. YELLOW BELT – Max DiPaola   JR. ORANGE BELT – Samantha Heinrich, Kimberly Curcio, Dakota Christiano

The perfect Thanksgiving gift . . . a couple Isshin-ryu patches. Normally $8.00  – – for the month of November – – $4.50.  Buy a bunch and SAVE!

NOVEMBER 16TH – – TOYS FOR TOTS KARATE TOURNAMENT – – CHATEAU RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER – – 300 CAMELBACK ROAD, TANNERSVILLE, PA – – FORMS IN THE DOJO – – LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING.

 

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.

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.

When life’s challenges begin to appear take responsibility to learn from the fact that even though the best effort was given, the outcome did not occur that was expected. Be prepared for the letdowns that happen every so often. Know that this lost opportunity sets the stage for one to take advantage of the next opportunity. Be reminded that the results are bound to get better. Don’t get down or give up. It’s the next opportunity that matters, not the previous one. The last one matters only in that a lesson may be learned from the mistakes. But the next one creates the opportunity to make the necessary alterations, to and to learn from the previous mistakes. Self encouragement is needed because one should not and hope that someone else will come along to say that the next time will be better.   Our training teaches self-reliance. Have faith in personal abilities to determine what works and what doesn’t and most importantly, WHY.

 

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 them to do so.  Stress comes from within each of us because we are human and because we care about how well we perform daily responsibilities.  The way we handle life’s stresses shows what kind of people we are and how we focus on the positive results concerning the task at hand.  Isshin-ryu training helps to teach us to never give up; to get up each and every time we are knocked down.  Our efforts to improve style of kata and kumite thorough proper, disciplined, focused practice goes with us in everything we do in life.  Actions speak louder than words.  Lead by example.

       “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!”

 

HOW TO ADVANCE

Dedicate a period of time daily to practice. Do not just spend time on the newest material learned.  Practice everything from the first basic to the new material.  Break practice times into : Basics & Kicks, Pinans, Kata, Flexibility and Strength Improvement.  With just 10 – 15 minutes daily what has been taught will be enhances.

Do not just go through the moves. The way one practices is the way one will perform when the karate skills are needed.  A good short period of time is far more important than at long half-hearted session.

Attend the dojo regularly. Train diligently because the effort used during practice will same way that one’s karate skills will be done when used for tournament competition or self-defense.  What effort is put in is what reward or application that will be done when needed. 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.

Understand that there something to be learned – Knowledge to be gained – You must create the will to learn; intention to learn – plus enthusiasm

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 2014

 Create Successfully In Physical Reality – Jim Rohn

“We are asked often how to create successfully in physical reality. If one stops the frenetic energy that surrounds them for even a brief moment, there is a probability that it can be accomplished.

Consider that your life is represented by a huge plot of land.  The potential for bringing forth a creation of beauty and nourishing crops exist.  However, it is necessary first to clear the land of obstructions.  Removal of unwanted or dormant pieces of rock and earth is essential to be able to till the soil.

Once obstruction is removed, sift through the soil to remove any hidden obstructions.  This often is the most tedious of tasks, for the first inclination is to just leave the minor obstructions in place, as it appears that it is too much work to say that this is the most important step.  The little things that one could most likely live with, but in the big garden picture can hinder an abundant crop.

So we way be meticulous in the sifting.  It may take a little bit longer. but the results will be better.

Once the soil of your creation is filtered, decide to federalize with as much imagination and pure intent that you can muster.

Let the garden set with the new perspective, allowing all the fresh infusions to permeate.

Decide exactly what you are going to plant.  Be definitive.  Group seeds of intent within parameters that are conducive to its environment.

Design what the crop will bring forth.  Plant only what is useful to the end result.

Sees of intent always do better in a sunny perspective.  Feel the rays of positiveness as they help grow the seeds into what you desire.

One must always pay attention to a garden.  Avoid becoming complacent with the idea that seeds will grow on their own no matter what occurs.

We say that perspective often brings forth a random crop that appears a bit wild in its offerings.  A plant always appreciates nurturing.  Often responding way more with attention.

Appreciate your crop.  If there are difficulties, do not despair.  Weed out any new obstructions as one would do in any garden.

The amount of attention and love you give to your garden will reflected in the crop, and its abundance.

Even in dismal weather conditions, most crops can be salvaged.

Decide to be the garden that is successful regardless of what blows through.

The crop is ready.  Harvests the fruit, and be thankful for your creation.

Some crops are better than others.  It is how it goes in the physical.

The point is to grow yourself in the process.  The harvest will come that gives back to you for all your hard work.

In that moment rejoice.  Be thankful.   Then begin to plant seeds again.”

 

Thinking about the Successful Reality . . . LIFE  is a challenge to succeed.  Many people  are mystified and perplexed by the elusiveness which finds  many people wishing for but not truly attaining success.  Beyond family desires most people spend their lives struggling to earn a living.   Instead of just earning a living, the smaller group is  engaged in designing and enjoying a fortune. For these special few life works  for them—while the majority are in  awe at how life can be so unfair, complicated and unjust.  What is planted mentally, physically and emotionally is what is harvested.

          There is a process to be followed if one is to succeed. There is the need to devote effort consistently toward the desired goal.  The is the need to conquer setbacks, disappointments and road blocks created by society, as well as, others who are jealous of one’s efforts and achievements experienced.  At times the individual must be disciplined and be willing to confront positively the challenges or fall into mediocrity.

           Each person has the capability to be creative.  A successful life requires each person to pay meticulous attention to what we put into our family, daily activities, work, and school.  Before one may find success, one must nurture the positive development of the “self”.  Life’s possibilities and successes are infinite.  One must be open and desire to Discover what life holds for the future.  Do not hesitate to change what may be holding one back.  Use what works in life positively.  Grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  As is written above, “The harvest will come that gives back to you for all your hard work. In that moment rejoice.  Be thankful.   Then begin to plant seeds again.”  Once success is found more may be gained by sharing the found insights and secrets with others.  As a teacher I grow each time I help someone succeed.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS WHO EARNED PROMOTIONS SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTERJR. YELLOW BELT – Anthony Coletta, Kyle Coletta

  1. JOIN US AT THE HACKETTSTOWN COMMUNITY DAY – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 AT THE LOWES SHOPPING CENTER.  BRING YOUR GI AS WE WILL BE DOING A FEW DEMONSTRATIONS AND HANDING OUT MATERIAL TO HELP GROW THE DOJO.
  2. MT ARLINGTON PBA TOURNAMENT – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 – – INFORMATION IS IN THE DOJO. SEE HANSHI.
  3. STUDENTS 15 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER – DO NOT MISS THE AMERICAN ISSHINRYU SEMINARS – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 – HACKETTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL. SEE HANSHI

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

REMINDERS: 

1* The 57th AOKA TOURNAMENT IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 AT MARIST HIGH SCHOOL IN BAYONNE.

2* REGGIE GOODE’S BENEFIT TOURNAMENT FOR THE MT. ARLINGTON FOP IS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014 AT THE EDITH DECKER SCHOOL – 446 HOWARD BLVD, MT. ARLINGTON – SEE HANSHI FOR INFROMATION.

3* I HAVE A FEW RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THE INDEPENDENCE FIRE DEPT.  – $100 TAX DEDUCTABLE – A CHANCE TO WIN UP TO $10,000.

4* Don Nash’s Seminars – Saturday, September 6th, Toms River – Register before August 30 and save.

5*  There are posters that may be placed in local businesses to help us build the enrollment.  Please take a few and ask to put them in store windows.

6*  I brought back a few of the NEW Hanshi Duessel Sai Posters and DVDs from the Buffalo seminars.  Interested students should see me – – first come first serve. $20.

                               What is chinkuchi?”

Higaonna Morio, 10th dan Goju-ryu Karate has this to say about chinkuchi:

“This expression [chinkuchi] is used to describe the tension or stability of the joints in the body for a firm stance, a powerful punch, or a strong block. For example, when punching or blocking, the joints of the body are momentarily locked for an instant and concentration is focused on the point of contact; the stance is made firm by locking the joints of the lower body – the ankles, the knees and the hips – and by gripping the floor with the feet. Thus a rapid free-flowing movement is suddenly checked for an instant, on striking or blocking, as power is transferred or absorbed. Then the tension is released immediately in order to prepare for the next movement.”

Arakaki Kiyoshi, Karate writer, said this: “A simple explanation is, when punching for instance, to contract the muscles used when punching (especially the triceps and the trapezius), increasing the speed of the punch or block from within your own body.”

A good explanation, but a little lacking. I think we need one more explanation.

This is what famous Karate historian (and practitioner) Tokashiki Iken had to say about chinkuchi:

“When punching, the most important thing is that the “koshi” [hips] are in it, and that chinkuchi is being utilized. Chinkuchi, in a word, means to contract the trapezius, the triceps, the pectoralis major, etc. when thrusting the fist out. At that time, the armpit must also be closed when punching or blocking.

This means that a punch with chinkuchi has an instantaneous increase in power. This is called “one cun power” [one inch punch] and causes a great destructive power upon the opponent’s body.”

Despite the exotic Okinawan name, chinkuchi is nothing more than a question of body mechanics (relaxation, rooting, sensitivity, compression etc), distance and timing, used right. In Chinese they call it Fa Jing – Release of power.

In short, chinkuchi can be likened to a sneeze.  The entire body opening and closing in an instant.  This concept is one of the most difficult to develop and utilize.  In an instant the mind and body unite into a devastating block or attack that will protect the student and create an attack that will disable the attacker.

                              WHAT IS IN ANY PROMOTION?  

Understanding that some growth has taken place and at least the minimum required materials are learned to one=s capabilities.  Understanding that there is a challenge to improve each skill and work more individually before attending the dojo.  Understanding that each of us must find a way to return to one=s family, one=s community,  the dojo and oneself for what has been presented through the art of Isshin-ryu Karate.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS WHO EARNED PROMOTIONS SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTERJR. YELLOW BELT – Trevor Brown, Jesse Gajda    JR. ORANGE BELT  – McKayla Brwon    JR. GREEN BELT #1 –  Anabeth Fernandez    JUNIOR GREEN BELT #2 – Abby Brown, Smyan Chinnam,  Nic Curcio,  Jarod Gajda

 

                                                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.

D. 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.

 

As the summer ends and we approach the fall – SCHOOL BEGINS again.  Balance your study time with the time needed for family and activities.  The only way to succeed is to be consistent with your training.  Think ahead, plan ahead and you will succeed. 

 

Help us build attendance at the dojo.  Invite friends to join you during a class.

AUGUST 2014

AUGUST 2014

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.

JULY NEWSLETTER

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.”

 Theodore Roosevelt

MEMORIAL DAY 2014

We are free to think, and express our opinions because others sacrificed and are still in harm’s way. Think about the Service Men and Service Women on Memorial Day and Every Day!MEMORIAL DAY

JUNE NEWSLETTER

JUNE 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to the following people who earned promotions since our last newsletter. Samantha Heinrich, Ty Schroeder – Junior Yellow Belt – Caelin McDonnell – Senior Green Belt

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, June 21 – – Karate Training Session at Hanshi and Renshi Hughes’ home

Friday & Saturday, August 15 & 16 – – Karate Training Overnight

As the school year draws close to another ending, it is the beginning of the summer months of fun and frolic. Remember to make time to continue to read. Schooling may end but learning never does. An example is below – a quotation I found while reviewing for my classes and as I prepared for an recent presentation. I share it with you because it ties together many concepts: Education, a Principle from our karate training, a long view of Life and a continuing of a long – yet newly understood Vision.

 The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.

J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Remember the dojo schedule is the same throughout the summer months. Plan to attend classes and stay on top of your training, learning and improvement.

 

AGAIN – our dojo is hosting the 2015 I.W.K.A. Championship Event in Princeton, NJ. It is not too early to register for events, seminars, breakfast(s) & banquet tickets or room accommodations.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Self defense and Naihanchi kata seminar with Master Duessel, 10th dan, assisted by Master Wallace, 9th dan

Dojo group kata demonstrations showcasing Isshin-ryu skills

Black belt meeting with Master Shimabuku and Master Duessel

Gather by the pool to meet old friends and make new ones

Friday, August 7, 2015

Breakfast buffet available

Open kata training time

Brown belt and black belt seminar with Master Shimabuku

All ranks seminar with Master Shimabuku

Tournament begins with black belt (3rd dan and higher) kata, kumite and weapons competition

followed by kyu rank weapons

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Breakfast buffet available

Tournament continues

Grand championship competition

Banquet dinner

Post-tournament party

This event happens every two years. We have hosted the 1999 event and the 2007 event. Both have been the among largest Isshin-ryu competitions and gatherings held to date. Isshin-ryu Karate students from across the country and around the world will attend.

 

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE RECIPE? One of the fund raising ideas is to create an Isshin-ryu Cook Book. Submit it to Hanshi Hughes and even order your personal cook book. Hopefully, we will have entries from around the world. The Cost will be just $10.00 and include at least 150 recipes ( appetizers, entrees, deserts & pastries ).

 

The sponsorship information for the event is available. See Hanshi if you may know the owner of a business that might benefit from the exposure on our dojo web site and in the Tournament Booklet.

THE DOJO WEB SITE IS NEARING THE 800,000 MARK. THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF INFROMATION AND THE PLACE TO VIEW TO LEARN ABOUT EVENTS, INFORMATION AND UPDATES. CHECK IT REGULARLY. http://www.isshin-ryu.com

 

We had our first meeting of parents, karate students and friends for the I.W.K.A. CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT. These are a few of the areas discussed.

WAYS TO BUILD REVENUE COSTLY ITEMS THINGS TO BE DONE

Sponsorships Awards for Competitors Banquet Power Point

Banquet Fees Registration Materials LCD Projector

Buffet Fees Certificates Cordless PA

T-Shirts Hanshi Tournament Booklet

Spectator Fees Shimabuku Photographer

(Areas Below) Competitors Certificates

Special Recognition Score Materials

IWKA Banner Update Sponsor Signs

Tournament Booklet Competitor Bags

T-Shirts Organize Team Practices

Competitors

Team

Helpers

Sponsorships, Car Washes, Garage Sale at the Dojo, Movie Night at the Dojo, Parents Night at the Dojo, Candy Sale, Recipe Book, Raffle (if paperwork can be completed), Mama’s Gift Certificate Sales, Pancake Breakfast, Bar BQ

MOST NEEDED – – YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT