Martial Arts Fitness Series 2, Episode 1

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We spent some time videoing with courageous and willing ladies in order to bring you the first episode in the 2nd series of CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY® Martial Arts Fitness by BUSHIDO KARATE .

I encourage you to watch the first series to become familiar with the stances and techniques. This fitness program is modeled after traditional karate techniques to get you in the best shape ever!  The important thing to remember is that karate is an art form. You will definitely get some aerobic exercise by simply moving – but this is about doing the techniques correctly.

Series 2, Episode 1 is less than 15 minutes. It puts together upper block, lower block and knee kicks in a classroom setting. You can follow along and if at anytime you’re unsure just go back to Series 1. That is where we explain how to do the moves correctly.

I hope you enjoy these video tutorials/fitness instruction. Stick with it and practice daily! We are in the early stages of developing your new routine. Be gentle with yourself and be patient. Carefully listen to the instruction given and try to mimic the instructor. It’s not just getting it done – it’s getting it done the right way!

The link for this video is below. Have fun, see you next week!


Martial Arts Fitness, Series 2 Episode 1


You get out what you put in

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…and you can’t give more than you have!


I guess you could call it a pet-peeve. Whenever I hear someone say that they “put in 110%” effort, it doesn’t sit right! That type of effort just doesn’t exist. So whatever follows that in a sentence is usually delusional as well! You can’t give more than you have.

With that being said, putting in 100% effort isn’t always necessary for success.  You can pass a test with a score of 75 without even studying.  A driving test – written or practical – doesn’t need a score of 100 to walk away a full-fledged driver.  And then there are other things that have to be done 100% to be considered successful. Climbing Mt. Everest. Completing the NYC Marathon. Going over Niagra Falls in a barrel. Well, that last one might just be luck.

What is it to be a success?

What about the person that runs 18 miles of the NYC Marathon? Is it considered a failure to stop before the end? And the woman that trained and prepared for that climb up Mt. Everest only to become sick from high altitude and have to turn back? This is where your level of honesty is parallel with the measure of your success. Passing a test with a score of 75 isn’t a success if you could have gotten a 95 with some preparation.

Whether you are training to run a marathon, climb a mountain or pass a test the best you can do is 100%. If you know you did your very best, you are a success. Sometimes it’s not the outcome, it’s the effort.

The same can be said about training for black belt. At The Bushido School of Karate students must pass a test before being promoted to the next belt. Nobody is perfect, mistakes will happen, students will fail. Nobody is perfect, mistakes will happen, students will pass. The true measure of your personal success is the effort you put in, not the new belt on your waist!


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 William!

  • William is 20 years old, is a sophomore at Pace University, works part-time with us at Bushido Karate and is a 3rd degree black belt.  He started karate classes in September 2006.
  • Quote from William:  “I’ve trained here at Bushido Karate for over 11 years. Bushido Karate taught me to be humble and have respect for others. When my training grew closer to black belt, the most important skill I learned was how to persevere through the intense training and grow from it. At 1st degree, I could hardly fathom what it meant to be a third degree (my current rank). After the training and hard work, I strive to push others to follow the same path I’m on right now. I firmly believe it was due to the excellent training I received from Shihan Mehrkar and Senseis’ over the years at Bushido that made me who I am today.”
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This week’s spotlight is on William! April 25th, 2018

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Inspired by taking a knee, respectfully

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Sharing this post with you, and I hope you will share it too!

Boys halt basketball game to kneel as funeral procession passes; photo goes viral

FRANKLINGTON, La. – A photo of a group of teens playing basketball is going viral – not because of the game, but of what they did as a funeral procession passed by.

It stopped sisters Johannah Stroud and Lynn Bickham Bienvenu in their tracks. It was a procession for their cousin, Velma Kay Crowe, WAFB reports.

The group of kids put down their basketball and took a knee as the procession passed by. They hurried to take a photo.

“It was really impressive,” said Stroud. “It meant a lot.”

Bienvenu shared the photo on Facebook, and it’s now been shared hundreds of times.

In the post, she wrote:

While attending a family funeral the procession passed a group of young boys shooting hoops. Take a look closely. They took a knee not out of disrespect but honor. They was not an adult insight to tell them to stop playing. This meant a great deal to our family. May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.

The comments have been endless, with thousands embracing the positivity and pouring out a stream of kind words for the boys in the photo.

“People are hungry to see good things and encouraging things,” Stroud said.

As for the young men, they’ve since reached out to family to express condolences for their loss and let them know it was their basketball coach who taught them the importance of taking a knee as a sign of respect.

“We don’t have to do great acts to show kindness, something simple as that or opening a door or being kind to someone, or respectful but it means a lot,” said Stroud.

Read more here. 



Earn a black belt online

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Can you earn a black belt online?

Apparently the answer is yes, but not with The Bushido School of Karate. Now, we are very careful to remain professional. It is not in our agenda to ever speak negatively about another martial art, style, school, studio or dojo. But this is ridiculous!

In order to keep some semblance of professionalism I will not share with you the websites I visited. (Seek and you shall find.) And I won’t call it a scam because some of these people truly believe that they are providing you with everything you need to be a black belt. In 12 months. Yes, you read that correctly. One year to online black belt.

How did this happen?

Very simply, the internet has exponentially broadened our ability to learn or teach anything. It is a fantastic platform for education as many colleges and universities have taken notice. But without human interaction you can only go so far. Would you trust a dentist who earned his or her degree online? At the risk of making this blog into a novel I will not get into how curiosity and the desire to grow are commendable. I don’t want to diminish the time and effort that does go into an online education. But there are some things in life that need to be accomplished in person. Earning a black belt is at the top of that list. Right underneath the person who draws your blood.

Let’s not confuse earning a degree with getting an education. Anytime you are learning, you are getting an education. When I was a 24 year-old white belt practicing kata (form) in my studio apartment, I was doing it all wrong. That was back in 1991 and there weren’t any resources for me to learn from until my next class. Not even on VHS, and I needed the practice.

Fast forward 27 years and technology is in a place I never imagined.  Resources are everywhere for learning anything! But even with the fast evolution of the internet I never imagined I would see an advertisement for earning a black belt online! There is nothing wrong with learning online. Our online tutorials were published last year for two purposes:

  1. To enable students of The Bushido School of Karate to practice and become better when they are not in class. Practicing correctly just 15 minutes a day at home – or wherever – will absolutely help students to reenforce techniques.
  2. To allow anyone, anywhere, to learn a martial art. Our white belt tutorials keep your mind and body active. It is the foundation for all other levels so it is a fantastic beginner-level workout. This type of education is meant to be shared, and perhaps motivate you to invite friends. It may also spark an interest for you to seek out a martial arts school for yourself!


  1. It will never be a substitute for actual real-life karate classes. Becoming a black belt is a process, not a course. It involves sharing in triumphs and defeat with fellow classmates, and being a part of a family of students. Being a power of example and mentor for lower ranks is essential to becoming a black belt. You don’t get that kind of education in your living room!
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