Think before you speak

think before you speak

We follow many martial arts schools and dojos on Instagram because we like to share in their journey of teaching and educating.  There is so much great information to be gathered from social media and when we find something we really like we give a shout-out. In this case @lewiskarate posted this recently; “think before you speak”

5 Questions to ask yourself

T – true?

H – helpful?

I – inspiring?

N – necessary?

K – kind?

Notice the word “justified” isn’t anywhere to be found – imagine that! Here are some bits of wisdom that students training at Bushido Karate have heard before!

You have two eyes, two ears and one mouth. You should watch and listen twice as much as you speak.


Maybe someone does have to say something. But does it have to be you?

…speaking of social media

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Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 3

Martial Arts Fitness

In the third episode of our CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY® Martial Arts Fitness by BUSHIDO KARATE series  we give instruction on how to make a fist for executing proper punches, hammer fist to the temple strikes and defensive stance.

It’s important to correctly make a fist for punching. It does take some practice but it is so necessary to avoid injury especially if you are hitting heavy bags or focus mitts. Of course with “air” punches you won’t feel pain if your technique is incorrect.  For now it matters because of the muscles you engage and build in your forearms.

Defensive stance to build calves and thighs

Defensive stance in martial arts is meant to protect the four most vulnerable parts of your body; your groin, solar plexus, throat and head. In episode 3 we break down how to establish a defensive stance and how it is helpful in building those powerful leg muscles!


Check out the first two episodes

CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY® Martial Arts Fitness by BUSHIDO KARATE is a “build-upon” series. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are currently. If you are a disciplined fitness fanatic, you still need to learn the basics of this format which are  all taken from martial arts! If you are brand spankin’ new and looking to Martial Arts Fitness to keep you interested in starting and getting in shape, Episode 1 is also where you should begin.

You can check out the first two episodes here: Episode 1,  and Episode 2. They are short and sweet and will make you feel more comfortable when viewing future episodes. Without further ado….this weeks episode, Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 3


How to choose a martial arts school

choosing a martial arts school

Which martial art should you choose?

That is really a question of personal preference and there are quite a few options to choose from. Some styles of martial arts are more prevalent than others. And within each style there can be dozens of variations.  Assuming you are just interested in choosing a martial arts school to learn effectively and enjoy, rather than delve deep into the philosophical foundations, we’ve outlined 4 simple steps to help you choose a martial arts school.

How to find a good martial arts school, studio or dojo

  1. Online searches are a great way to find a local school, and even calling to inquire will give you some idea of what each place offers. But the best way is to visit the school. You have to walk in and speak with someone who can help. A nice website and a pleasant voice on the phone can be good, but you simply cannot know until you go in!
  2. Once you get in the door, look around. Is the place where you or your child will be training in bare feet clean and well kept? Do you notice students following a procedure (like removing and holding shoes) to help ensure cleanliness? That’s discipline in action!
  3. How do you feel when you enter the school? Were you welcomed immediately? These things matter because you will  be treated the same way if you become a student. Politeness is contagious!
  4. If all of those items seem good to you, you, or your child, needs to find out how to try it. Most schools will offer some way for you to experience a class or classes. At Bushido Karate, we offer a one month introductory program for everyone, kids, teens and adults. As a student, you need to be on the mat training with fellow students and as a parent, you should speak to the other parents! They are often the best resources for information in making your decision.

Other considerations in making a decision

Of course there will be other considerations.  Distance, required minimum number of classes, hours of operation, etc. but those will depend on your location and schedule. Cost should always be a consideration because the martial arts is essentially an education, and you should get what you pay for. The instructor’s experience and the number of classes that person actually teaches (you’d be surprised at the vast differences here!) should definitely play a strong role in deciding the value to you.

This week’s Student Spotlight

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 will feature randomly chosen students that are on their own journey at The Bushido School of Karate.

This week’s spotlight is on Eric!

  • Eric is 12-1/2 years old, is in 7th grade and is a black belt at Bushido Karate
  • He started karate classes in April 2010
  • Quote from Eric:  “My favorite thing about training at Bushido Karate is the people. There is diversity at this school and everyone supports each other no matter what”
  • Eric’s mom says: “I chose Bushido Karate (for my son) because they treat you like family, and the discipline that the children get from being at this school. It is also a great sport that benefits the children.”



student spotlight

Student spotlight on Eric! March 14, 2018


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A strong woman vs a woman of strength

strong woman vs woman of strength

I received this in an email way back on August 11, 2002 and I look at it from time to time. Inspiring, thought-provoking, interesting, and I have never seen it since.  I don’t know who the author is ( and if you do, please comment back!) but I hope you get something out of “A Strong Woman Vs. A Woman of Strength”.

A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape…but a woman of strength builds relationshipsto keep her soul in shape

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything…but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her…but a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future…but a woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes can also be unexpected blessings and capitalizes on them.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face…but a woman of strength wears grace.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.

Pass it on

This was shared with me 16 years ago and I know I forwarded it around to a lot of GREAT women at the time. I hope you will do the same! Click the share button and pass it on. Thank you!





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