From June 19th – 29th, 10 people from the Isshin-ryu School of Karate went to Okinawa to train with Master Kichiro Shimabuku, learn about Okinawa and spend a few days in Tokyo. We all had a great time. Master Shimabuku was very gracious, welcomed us to his Dojo, and we had the opportunity to train with him several times during our trip. We’re already thinking about going back in 2 years.
By John E. Hughes
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 of our 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 the basics completely, with complete form and focused concentration. They do their basics, kata and sparring drills with a lack-luster 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 a mediocre student, they are happy. If they want to succeed and improve, they must decide to get involved, practice on their own and make a commitment to shine through use.
A disciplined, traditional karate dojo 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 karateka deserve our finest help and best assistance as they take continued steps on a journey that will wonderfully change their lives.
If I were to wear a hat, and at times I do when I am fishing or working around the farm, I would take it off to these individuals.
ARE YOU BORED? ARE YOU ENERGIZED AND ENTHUSED WHEN THINKING ABOUT GOING TO SCHOOL OR WORK, AS WELL AS COMING TO THE DOJO? NOW YOU HAVE A PROBABLE REASON WHY! ! !
Find a life that cherishes the SUN and leave the SHADOWS of mediocrity.
Dare to be MAGNIFICENT!
By John E. Hughes
In January I wrote that I hoped the arrival of the new millennium would be accompanied with a new quality of life more success, freedom, love, and laughter. I was correct to be filled with hope and positive expectations. I made a mistake in assuming there is a correlation between the beginning of a new year and the beginning of a new life. SO I am redirecting my focus, not on the calendar, but on the values that will help create a new quality of life.
The single most important of the elements of success, which creates change and brings success, is the ability to sustain the FOCUS in our daily lives.
A dream that is wished for is very different from a dream that is worked for.
A FOCUS comes BEFORE personal success.
“People say that getting there is half the fun. They are wrong. It is ALL the fun.”
Look back and:
- Remember how nervous you were when you first started YOUR karate training.
- Remember the time you thought you knew a technique or kata only to discover it needed constant work to keep it
- Remember training sessions when you thought of quitting. – – but worked through the self doubt or self-centered ideas to try to find the beginner’s mind.
- Fondly recall how you felt when your skills started to improve and you began to see the fruits of your labor.
- Be grateful that you never quit pursuing your dream because the journey to success has proven valuable inwardly and outwardly.
- Be thankful that all of the struggles, disappointments, small victories, and major accomplishments have done more than strengthen you and enrich your life.
Follow the wisdom of Coach Landry. Enjoy your journey to success. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you cannot be content, excited, optimistic, or proud until you have achieved your desired level of success. Enjoy these attitudes TODAY. Give yourself permission to stand tall and stay confident. Keep a light heart while pursuing your dreams. Bring humor to the hassles. Bring faith to the frustrations. Learn to laugh at life. One day the moments that now seem so bitter will be your sweetest memories. You might as well enjoy them now.
By John E. Hughes
People have built-in feelings and perceptions regarding Karate training, exercise, and the ability to learn. Most Americans are brought up to want to succeed quickly. Karate is an art that is taught using a number of methods. Some dojos test the student at regular intervals, fees are paid and the student is promoted. In others dojos, the student signs up for a certain length of time and at the end of the contract, the student is granted the promotion. Also, there are training methods where the student trains and when the level of proficiency is attained, the student is promoted. The traditional art does not guarantee promotions. It does promise to help the individual improve physically, mentally, and emotionally; if the student trains properly.
Training methods are learned at the hands of a qualified Sensei, who’s attitude, encouragement, and teaching methods help the student to identify the skills, abilities, and values needed to learn. Motivation is the heart of learning and is dependent upon the purpose for learning. The nature and extent of the desire to learn will influence the degree of motivation. The degree of student motivation will determine the extent of personal involvement and help to create the persistence to overcome difficulties and frustrations.
Motivation and learning are experienced intrinsically and extrinsically. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside the individual. The incentive may be to gain prestige, approval, or promotions. Intrinsic motivation is derived inside the individual due to the enjoyment of the art for its own sake. The individual derives enjoyment, relaxation, physical benefits, challenges, and an expression of “Self” from the study of the art. Intrinsic motivation does not depend upon what rank a person is but upon the values and abilities that the individual achieves.
To learn, a person must be patient. To learn, a person must know that there is something to be learned; knowledge to be gained. The person must add enthusiasm and the will to learn. Karate is a progressive art. One starts training with the basics and then proceeds through kata. The ultimate goal is for the student to gain understanding of how one’s body, mind, and spirit may be strengthened. To this end, direction and guidance are added by the Sensei, while motivation and dedication are added by the student. With continuing effort and desire, the student will be guided to understand what is required to become a “true” Karate student, who is a credit to the art.
John E. Hughes – 8th Degree black Belt
Certified Athletic Trainer with 28 years of experience
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