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 Jair!

  • Jair is 33 years old, is a Personal Trainer and is a yellow belt at Bushido Karate. He started karate classes in September 2016.
  • Quote from Jair:  “My favorite thing about training at Bushido Karate is the ability to learn top quality self-defense techniques, stress relief, a great workout and the warm embrace of my classmates and my leaders”
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Student Spotlight on Jair! April 18th, 2018

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Inspiration to Let it Go

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It’s not just a song

We all know that song. It is beautiful but if I never heard it again my life would still be content. It’s not just a song, though.  Sometimes it’s the best way to a resolution. Usually easier said than done, but with daily practice it can become your natural response. Really!

First step is willingness

 

Be willing every day to get practical training! And you also have to be willing to dismiss automatically the anonymous critics. That is critical. Social media is such a powerful tool. Seriously. Don’t even give those people a second thought.

Let me give you some examples of how I “let it go” – whatever it might be:

  1. Someone cuts you off while driving, or is too close for comfort? Maybe, just maybe, he or she is rushing to the hospital for someone. Or their child was not picked up by the school bus and is alone.  It’s always a possibility. So let it go.
  2. Pick your battles! I ask myself the question “Do I want to be right, or do I want to be happy” when I am tempted to get into a confrontation whose outcome is really just a matter of proving I’m right. Choosing to be happy may bruise your ego a little, but is  such an easier choice! So let it go.
  3. Allow people to make mistakes. Going too fast on the highway and cutting you off is not safe. Not even if the driver is legitimately experiencing an emergency. But people make mistakes and occasionally have poor judgement.  You never know a person’s story. So just let it go.

The ability to let it go is imperative for any advanced martial artist. What would happen if martial arts schools taught students to react rather than act?  Many times the action is to walk away, or let it go. None of that happens overnight though.  Whether it’s martial arts training, or learning to let it go, if you want to be good at it you have to practice. No magic, just practice.

Martial Arts Fitness Intermission

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I know that if you’ve been practicing the techniques from CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YUR BODY® Martial Arts Fitness by BUSHIDO KARATE Series 1 that you are psyched to begin Series 2!

Here’s my intermission video – can’t wait to start putting it all together! Series 2 premiers April 30, 2018.

Thanks for watching! I want you to get in the best shape of your life!

Why do students quit at brown belt?

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To quit, or not to quit, that is the question

When I was looking for insight about this topic online I was shocked at how many articles address this phenomenon.  In this particular site on reddit a dad asks for advice. His daughter wants to quit Tae Kwon DO and he wants her to stick it out.  I was discouraged to see how many replies said “let her quit” before I hit one that said “no”.

I wish I knew a little background on the responders. Their age, or generation? And whether or not they have ever trained as a martial artist?  What instantly came to mind, though, was that the number of  “quits” was directly proportional to to the real-life ratio of most traditional martial arts schools. A very small number will actually achieve black belt.  I also read that one of the replies mentioned he was now an adult and regretted quitting. I can almost guarantee that anyone who quits training at a brown belt level will one day regret it.  How many times does an accomplished martial artist look back and say “I regret earning my black belt.”?

The cure for “Brownbeltitis”

As an instructor since 1999 I can tell you this is a real thing in the martial arts world. It is not fatal, but it could be final. The good news is there is a cure! Simple steps can prevent it, or cure it.  Simple, but not easy.

Why?

There is a reason. But what you are told might not be the truth. After training and advancing toward such an important goal for such a long time there is truly only one reason that is real and valid: TEENAGER.  That’s tough because the mentality can be a very hard thing to influence at that age. A lot of changes are happening and he or she may truly have lost interest. Teenagers really believe they know what is best for them. But they don’t. So too bad. Make them finish what they started. It’s hard to be a parent, no doubt.  Ask for help from the instructor. That’s what we’re here for.

At Bushido School of Karate black belt tests, all candidates are required to write and read aloud a speech about their journey to this memorable day. I can’t tell you how many times we have heard “I wanted to quit when I was 14, but my parents wouldn’t let me. I’m so glad they didn’t”.

Other than being a teenager, if you or your child are ready to call it quits at brown belt, that takes some further questioning. Let’s remember that feelings aren’t facts. Sometimes we convince ourselves, but it’s harder to convince others. So make sure you talk it out loud. And especially with your instructor. There are very few times – actually none that I can think of – that quitting in the months before your black belt test is a good decision. Achieving and earning black belt is one of very few memories that will be with you for the rest of your life.  Start the questions after you read this: Inspiration: Courage .         Dig deep and get it done.

This week’s Student Spotlight

Who could it be?

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 Augustin!

  • Augustin is 10 years old, is in 5th grade and is a brown belt at Bushido Karate. He started karate classes in September 2013.
  • Quote from Augustin:  “My favorite thing about training at Bushido Karate is helping out during beginner’s classes, especially during wood-breaking week”
  • Augustin’s mom say: ” Shihan, all the Senseis’ and Sempais’ at Bushido are  the best. It is a very family oriented karate school but I love the fact that they’re also learning a way of life – self confidence, respect, dedication and discipline – while also throwing in a little fun (dodgeball!)”
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Student Spotlight on Augustin! April 11, 2018

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