THOUGHT 459

“Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self discipline until you create a positive mental attitude – your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.”    Napoleon Hill

THOUGHT 458

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. ~Desmond Tutu

THOUGHT 457

“Meaningful success needs a very personal definition. It is built from the inside out. The success of others has nothing to do with your own success.”  Dennis Waitley

APRIL NEWSLETTER

April 2018

 

Remember that our 33rd Benefit Tournament is at Hackettstown High School on April 22nd. Pre-register and save money. Registration the day of the event is from 8:30 to 9:45 or when the person’s event runs. We generally are completely done by 3PM. We can use help in a number of area during the day. See me or Mrs. Hughes.

 

     DOJO FEES WILL BE IN EFFECT APRIL 2018 or when the multi-month plan completes

                        Please pay the beginning of each month

 

PER WEEK      1 STUDENT       2 STUDENTS     3 STUDENTS

 1 CLASS            $60.00                   $110.00                     $140.00

 2 CLASSES     $90.00                    $145.00                     $220.00

 3 CLASSES     $100.00                  $170.00                     $250.00

 3 MONTHS (1class)   $155.00    $285.00                     $380.00

 3 MONTHS (2 classes) $225.00  $400.00            $610.00

THE CHURCH IS USING THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR PRAYER MEETINGS ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, WE WILL BE COMBINING ADULT AND CHILDREN’S CLASSES ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS FROM 6:00 TO 7:30 PM.

 WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE CLASSES:

     MONDAYS FOR ADULTS – 6:30 to 8:00 PM 

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS    FOR CHILDREN – YOUNGER CHILDREN STILL 5:45 – 6:46 PM                                         OLDER / ADVANCED CHILDREN STILL 6:30 – 8:00 PM   ADLTS STILL 8:00 to 9:30 or 10:00 PM

WEDNESDAYS – WE WILL BE COMBINING ADULT AND CHILDREN’S CLASSES ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS FROM 6:00 TO 7:30 PM.

SATURDAYS – ADULTS – STILL 10:00 to 11:00 AM                 CHILDREN – STILL 11:00 AM to NOON

 

In the chaos of everyday life, we often find ourselves spending most of our time on things that matter least. At the end of our lives, what our bank account was, the type of house we lived in, or the kind of car we drove will not be important…but the world may be different because of the core values we held true.

“It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it that makes all the difference.”

~ John Mason, author.

Learn to deal with negative feedback, be open to change, set deadlines, hang on to your dreams like a bulldog, and so much more! You’ve been endowed with a certain mixture of abilities and opportunities that makes you unique. No mixture is insignificant. There’s something within each of us crying out to be above average and extraordinary.

 Unlock and unleash your full potential.

“Anyone can do it.” Step number one is to have an intense burning desire for your goal. If you have that, you are ready to get started.

“What I found was that these ideas work everywhere, for everyone, in virtually every country, no matter what your education, experience, or background may be when you begin.” ~ Brian Tracy

 “Is your life half-empty or half-full? What if I chose to find and embrace the silver linings, the life lessons in disguise? What if I chose to let go of the baggage I have been carrying around? The choice in perception makes all the difference.” ~ John J. Murphy

We are all blessed with an opportunity to bring greater joy and prosperity to this world. The hand we are dealt simply makes life interesting. The secret to it all is in how we perceive things. Is your life “half-empty” or “half-full”? More importantly, what is even “in your glass,” and how long have you been holding on to it?

 

THOUGHT 454

May you have warm words on a cold evening, 
A full moon on a dark night, 
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

Irish blessing

MARCH NEWSLETTER

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED THE GOLDEN RULE KARATE TOURNAMENT.

Kristyn Wheeler – 3rd Kata  Cristina McDonald – 3rd Sparring Jake Brader – 2nd Kata   Sammy Heinrich 1st Kata, 3rd Sparring                  Daniel Tankel – 4th Kata, 2nd Sparring   Rachael Tankel – 4th Kata   Trinity White – 3rd Kata   Madeline Ridge – 3rd Kata, 1st Sparring

The following competed but did not place – Ralphie Donica   Michael Donica   Izzy Donica   Skye White

Congratulations to Angie Gongalves for her promotion to junior green belt #2.

REMEMBER TO SAVE THE DATE – – – SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd

IT IS THE DATE FOR OUR 33rd BENEFIT TOURNAMENT AT HACKETTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

Please take a few of the dojo flyers and place them in stores to help us advertise and recruit new students. Thank You!

 

Bull’s Eye by Brian Tracy is a story of persistence, concentration and clarity that transforms professional and personal wishes into attainable goals. The lessons shared will inspire you to refine your aspirations into measurable actions. Empower yourself to elevate from a dreamer to a lifelong achiever. When you take a precise approach to your passion, you will discover that hitting the bull’s eye is an act of perseverance, not chance. As Zig Ziglar said, “The fact is that you can’t hit a target that you can’t see.” Unless you are perfectly clear about what you want—your target, and the bull’s-eye on that target—you will never be able to win championships in the great contest of life.

What Is Your Target?

According to Lewis Carroll, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

Thomas Carlyle once wrote, “A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road.”

The greater clarity you have about who you are— your likes and dislikes, what you want, your goals and objectives—the greater progress you will make under even the most difficult of circumstances.

Determine the Consequences

In time management, one of the best ways to set priorities is to think about the likely consequences of doing or not doing a task. Successful people are those who spend most of their time on tasks and activities that have big potential consequences. They can have a real impact or influence on the future. Unsuccessful, unhappy people instead spend most of their time doing things of little or no consequence at all.

The quality of your thinking has the greatest consequences of all. The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your choices and decisions. Your choices and decisions determine the actions you take. And the actions you take determine the quality and quantity of your results.

The Law of Probability

Your goal should be to achieve the highest levels of success possible in every area of your life that is important to you. Fortunately, you have tremendous control over what happens to you and what you accomplish. By doing certain things in a certain way, over and over, you can dramatically increase the likelihood that you are going to enjoy high income and live an exciting life. There is a much higher probability that you will hit your personal bull’s-eyes.

Here is an example: The Law of Probability says there is a probability that everything can happen and that these probabilities can be calculated with tremendous accuracy. One of the greatest discoveries is that you can increase the probability of success in any field by doing more of the things other successful people do.

Hoping for the Best

People wish and hope and dream about a “big score.” They try a dozen or a hundred different things. They keep throwing darts at the dartboard of life. But eventually, most people give up and simply settle for mediocrity. They conclude that they are “not good enough” and that they will never have the skill and ability to hit the bull’s-eye in the game of life.

Increase the Probabilities

But what if this same player takes a different strategy? What if he becomes serious about hitting a bull’s-eye and winning in the game of life? He hires an expert at the game of darts and takes some of the best training available to a person in this sport. Instead of being distracted, tired, and having a couple drinks, he is instead well rested and clearheaded. The dartboard is well lit and only a few feet away. Now, what are his chances of hitting the target? They are much better because of his preparation and positioning. What if he also has an endless supply of darts and continues to throw the darts, measuring and calibrating his accuracy with each throw, correcting his stance and his throwing, and persistently throws darts over and over again?

Winning Is Predictable

Under these conditions, the chance is almost 100 percent that he will eventually hit the bull’s-eye. And once he hits it, if he continues to practice and improve his aim, he will eventually be able to hit bull’s-eye after bull’s-eye in the great game of life. It is the same with you. You can dramatically increase your chances of hitting your bull’s-eyes in life if you do the same things that champions do in your field, over and over.

The key is clarity. You must develop absolute clarity about who you are, what you really want, and the steps you will have to take to achieve what you want to achieve and to get to where you want to go.

WE DO THE SAME THINGS THE LONGER WE STAY WITH OUR ISSHIN-RYU TRAINING. WE TRAIN BY REPEATING OUR BASICS, KATA AND KIMITE SKILLS DURING EACH CLASS. ONCE A PERSON COMMITS AND HAS A CLEAR PURPOSE, SUCCESS IS THE NEXT STEP. IT IS OFTEN EASIER TO DO TECHNIQUES THE CORRECT WAY FROM THE START. THAT WAY WE DO NOT HAVE TO STOP AND RELEARN THE PROPER FORM FOR EXECUTION. AT THE TOURNAMENT IN WARREN HILLS I WAS A HEAD JUDGE. DURING A SPARRING MATCH A GIRL SAID SHE WAS GOING TO LOSE BECAUSE SHE WAS PAIRED WITH A LARGER GIRL A YEAR OLDER. I TOLD HER THE COMPETITION WASN’T DONE AND IF SHE TRIED SHE MIGHT SURPRISE HERSELF. SHE LOST THE FIRST POINT BUT WON THE NEXT THREE, WINNING THE MATCH.

33nd INVITATIONAL BENEFIT TOURNAMENT — Sunday, APRIL 22, 2018

ISK Benefit Tournament LogoAnother year has started and preparations are already underway for our 33nd annual benefit tournament, the fourth Sunday in April. Each year we work to make the event run smoothly and charge reasonable fees for competitors and spectators, so everyone may attend. American Isshinryu members will receive a $5.00 discount.

As always we will create extra divisions for adults and children if the number of competitors in a division is large to make the competition fair and enjoyable for everyone.

Many friends have been made and renewed each year. Those of you who have hosted tournaments know the stress created as I hope each judge will work honestly and each student will act in the manner fostered by our karate systems. I hope you and your student will be able to attend to help us raise funds for the American Diabetes Foundation and the high school sports program. Diabetes and obesity are growing in this country because of the eating and exercise habits of our population. Because of some more recent media presentations, people are becoming aware of the problem and strides are being made with research technologies. Hopefully, a cure will be found in the not too distant future.

Our team empty hand kata competition will be improved to have from 3 to 5 competitors, instead of just 3 members.

We will continue to be a NO CONTACT tournament for all competitors. THE FIRST LIGHT TOUCH TO THE HELMET, HEAD OR NECK WILL RESULT IN A WARNING, A SECOND TOUCH WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. Anything beyond a Light Touch will result in disqualification. This includes all students from white belt to black belt. The philosophy that is stressed is that CONTROL should be able to be demonstrated by all competitors. Students must wear protective hands, feet, headgear, mouth guards and groin protection in addition for the men.

ANY QUESTIONS – PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL.

Download the ISK 2018 Tournament Package

ANY QUESTIONS – PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL.
John E. Hughes
9th Degree Black Belt
(908) 852-5855
verticlefist9@gmail.com
www.Isshin-ryu.com

THOUGHT 453

“Decisions.  We can think about things, turn them over in our minds a million times, play out possible scenarios, but really when it comes down to it, you have to go with your heart and move forward.  Maybe things will go well.  Maybe they’ll turn out poorly.  Every decision brings with it some good, some bad, some lessons,   and some luck.  The only thing that’s for sure is that indecision steals many years form many people who wind up wishing they’s just had the courage to leap.”   Doe Zantamata