This week’s Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

The Bushido School of Karate is so appreciative of the students and families that are a part of our Bushido Karate family. We’ve had the pleasure of teaching for over 2 decades and in that time have been privileged to teach thousands of students. Everyone started at the beginning with no shortcuts, and we are so proud of their accomplishments.  Our weekly Student Spotlight features randomly chosen students on their own journey at The Bushido School of Karate.

This week’s spotlight is on Khamari!

  • Khamari is 7 years old, is in 2nd grade and is a yellow belt at Bushido Karate.  He started karate classes in April 2016.
  • Quote from Khamari:  “It’s always fun to train at Bushido. We learn how to defend ourselves from bullies. We also play fun games all the time.”
  • Khamari’s mom says:  “Bushido has a long history and strong reputation of teaching kids how to boost their self-confidence, I believe Bushido will also be able to help Khamari develop and progress further as he gets older and faces more challenges.”
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Spotlight on Khamari! May 9th, 2018

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Inspiration from my mom

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Misery is optional

My mother liked that saying so much she had bumper stickers made! That should also give you instant understanding of the person my mom really is. Misery is optional is a great inspirational tidbit, but living it is truly the power of example.

What I learned from my mom

-My mom was the 2nd oldest in a family of 7 children. When she was a teenager, she lived with her step-mother and father. This was not a good fit. As soon as my mom turned 18, she moved out. The lesson: when you can change your circumstances, do it.

-She entered the Mt. Vernon School of Nursing and quickly excelled.  Marrying my dad, raising 2 kids and going back to college to earn her Masters Degree, she eventually became VP of  Patient Care at a Connecticut Hospital. The lesson: as soon as you find your passion, do it.

-When my mom developed breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, she allowed doctors to take care of her physically. She took care of her soul by developing a closer relationship with God and her religion. Eventually becoming an Episcopal deacon, she was able to console countless others who were sick and suffering. The lesson: You have a choice when facing adversity. Choose to serve, and do it.

-My mother had the strongest work ethic of anyone I know. She rarely took a sick day and was up and on the road to her job at the crack of dawn. When I began working at the age of 16, she took it more seriously than I. Never, ever would she “call in sick” for me. I knew better than to even ask her to do that! And if I had a lot of homework in addition to working that day, the answer was simple. Go to work, stay up late and get up early to finish my homework.  The lesson: When you commit to something ( like a job), do it.

-Absolutely no whining was allowed in our home. That would make my mother tune me out. The lesson: Whining is annoying, so don’t do it.

Choose to be inspiring

My mom knows that misery is optional, and she chooses to be inspired and inspire every day.  She has even self-published a compilation of her articles originally written for the church bulletin. Spiritual and humorous in nature, her short observations about life will make you smile and feel good. What Do the Others Do? by Lynn Werdal

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Martial Arts Fitness Series 2, Episode 2

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Here’s Episode 2 in the 2nd series of CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY® Martial Arts Fitness by BUSHIDO KARATE .

You can easily watch all episodes in Series 1 in about an hour. I recommend that before beginning Series 2. Keep in mind, though, that becoming proficient takes time. To put it in perspective, it normally takes about 6 months for students to be comfortable enough with these techniques to be able to test for their next karate belt. And even then, these basics are practiced regularly. They are the foundation for future training.

As an art form the moves and techniques are specific. Muscle memory is a real thing, and techniques must be practiced correctly to be executed correctly. Take your time. Expect improvement and progress with each training session.

Have fun working on your upper block, down block, front and back punch and knee kicks in this episode. Points to remember:

  • Elbows should touch when fixing for upper block and down block. Squeeze your arms together and feel the pull in your shoulders.
  • Knee kicks are propelled from the hips. Think of landing a knee kick in the bully’s belly when the bully is about 2 feet away from you. Get the reach with the hips.
  • Front punch and back punches are linear techniques. Push your punches out in a straight line from shoulder to elbow to knuckles. Pay attention to your elbows when punching. Imagine walls on either side of you; your elbow would hit the wall if you’re not punching straight in.
  • Have fun, be patient, train hard!

Martial Arts Fitness, Series 2 Episode 2

 

This week’s Student Spotlight

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Student Spotlight

The Bushido School of Karate is so appreciative of the students and families that are a part of our Bushido Karate family. We’ve had the pleasure of teaching for over 2 decades and in that time have been privileged to teach thousands of students. Everyone started at the beginning with no shortcuts, and we are so proud of their accomplishments.  Our weekly Student Spotlight features randomly chosen students on their own journey at The Bushido School of Karate.

This week’s spotlight is on Lucciano!

  • Lucciano is 6 years old, is in 1st grade and is a yellow belt at Bushido Karate.  He started karate classes in June 2017.
  • Quote from Lucciano:  “I like to do front kicks and round kicks. Classes are a lot of fun and I enjoy playing the games at the end of classes.”
  • Lucciano’s parents say:  “(Since we registered him at Bushido Karate) our son’s behavior has changed. We see him more responsible, respectful, organized, able to do things by himself. (He is) free to express his opinions, express himself. There is no doubt that Bushido Karate has been a necessary complement…in the development of our son. This is thanks to the excellent teachers and programs. The Bushido School of Karate is always motivating to the children and parents.”
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Spotlight on Lucciano! May 2, 2018

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Inspiration from a potato, an egg and coffee

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An inspirational story

This is a great story that I heard before but could not completely remember. What would we do without Google? And I lucked out when the site I found it on had even more! Short, inspirational stories can be found at Livin3. For now I hope you enjoy…

Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

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