July Newsletter

JULY 2012

The theme of the June issue of SUCCESS Magazine is the Pursuit of Happiness.  What then makes for a happy life?

Earl Nightingale often quoted these words by Tagore:

I slept and dreamt that life was Joy.
I woke and saw that life was Duty.
I acted, and behold, Duty was Joy.

Brian Tracy speaks of man’s need for work that answers our need for meaning and purpose.  Each of us has to know that what we do counts. There is nothing worse in the entire world then to be doing something that you feel doesn’t really matter. Meaningless work destroys the soul. People who are not committed to what they do live very empty lives.  A key to happiness is to be anxiously engaged in a good cause. We are only truly happy when we are in the process of accomplishment.

Did you know that you have the power to change people?  You too, have the power to change everything!

In order to become the person you wish to become, you must first think, talk, walk and act as if you already are that person.” Earl Nightingale

When a respected individual attempts a vital behavior and succeeds, this one act alone can go further in motivating others to change than almost any other source of influence. 

Some key ideas from John Maxwell’s book “Today Matters.”  Everything counts; everything matters. What I am to be, I am now becoming

There are only a handful of important decisions that people need to make in their entire lifetimes.
     You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
     You can pay now and play later, or you can play now and pay later, but either way you were going to pay.
     The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.
     If you make a few key decisions and then manage them well in your daily agenda, you will succeed.
     It all comes down to what you do today
     Make a decision once . . .  then manage it daily.  Today is the only time we have within our grasp, yet many people let it slip through their fingers.

I will see the compounding results of the day lived well.  When it comes to success, you’re better off hopping to it and hoping for it.  Real sustainable change doesn’t happen in a moment; it’s a process. Growth comes from making decisions and following through on them.  Hoping for a good future without investing in today is like a farmer waiting for a crop without ever planting any seed.
Settle an issue once and for all, and you won’t have to revisit it daily.  There will always be either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.  Someone once defined hard work as the accumulation of the easy things you didn’t do when you should have.  Getting started is often the hardest part of making changes in your life.  Be the change you want to see in the world.   Most people fail in the starting.

 CONGRATULATIONS  –  Senior Brown Belt #3Jeffrey Brown    Senior Brown Belt #1– Shirley K. Zavala

 In karate there is no initial move. The idea of no initial attack in karate is in the katas.  Each kata begins with defense.  The best defense is to talk you way out of a confrontation, if possible.  If you sense a problem you have a choice to walk away, if possible, that is self-defense.       CH


I would always use the word focus when I am teaching students on executing a technique.  So what does it really mean?   I tell my student that you have to maximize in applying your technique to the specific target.  You have to focus all your power to that one spot.  It is tensing the muscles for an effective technique.  What leads to a good focus is the eye contact, striking to its vital area and proper breath control.  The breath control could be long or short.  Your technique should be coordinated with your breath.  If your basic technique is done correctly, you will be able to focus your movements.  Above all, you have to have a correct stance.  It all boils down to eye contact, mental focus, your target and breath.   Remember that your eyes are the window of your mind, be determined to focus you mind to the target.        CH

One part of the newsletter, which as not been included in the past few newsletters is the quote or unique statement of the month resurfaced when Mr. Curcuruto said during a Saturday morning class . . . “IT’S OKINAWAN; IT’S NOT RUSSIAN” when a student was not taking time to do each part of a sequence in a kata.

FUTURE EVENTS:  Plan to attend . . .

* American Isshinryu, Inc. Seminar at our dojo – AUGUST 11TH – 1PM to 3PM
Karate Overnight at Kyoshi and Renshi Hughes’ – AUGUST 18TH & 19TH

This overnight camping and training experience is open to all students.  Those students, under 10, are encouraged to bring an adult for the overnight portion of the event.  We will be setting up tents, etc at 7pm.   Organized classes and experiences will be conducted both Friday and Saturday.

            We will provide Friday snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks and hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as turkey burgers for dinner.  All cups, utensils, plates will be provided.

Saturday at 2:30 P.M. demonstration and promotion ceremonies will be followed by dinner.


* AOKA Tournament – Bayonne, NJ – SEPTEMBER 22ND



KIDS – – – For July and August classes at the dojo, you may wear a white or karate T-shirt with your gi pants and obi (instead of the gi top).  The weather may be warm and there are fans but no “AC” – SO this may help you be a bit cooler.  ALSO remember to bring sneakers and socks to each class.

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