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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Bushido Principles: Politeness and Generosity

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Seven Principles of the Bushido

Politeness and generosity are two of the Seven Principles of the Bushido. I’ve chosen to combine them as a theme for this post because of their contrasts; two different words that mean two different things! The cool thing is that we can do both!

Politeness and/or generosity

 Have you ever had to convince a young child to share, or be generous, with their toys. And what about reminding your older child to hold open the door for someone less capable?  Both of these characteristics are taught by a child’s parents. Most kids can’t understand the kindness and empathy behind those gestures – they do it because they are told. When these qualities are taught and repeated by parents and those influencing children it is the belief  that the child will grow up to be a generous and polite adult. And will understand the importance of how we treat each other.

So what’s the difference?

The difference is that generosity is premeditated while politeness is not. Generosity can be in many forms: shoveling a neighbors driveway, volunteering at a food bank, or helping your fellow students to reach the goal they are striving for. Initiating the action is the idea of generosity.

Politeness is saying please and thank you. It is holding the door for a woman with a stroller. And it is saying yes to the neighbor who had to call and ask for help shoveling. But it is not generosity.

As with any martial arts school, students at The Bushido School of Karate are expected to be polite and kind to each other. And all parents are  generally supportive of teaching and reenforcing good manners. What is harder is to realize an extremely important component of training; generosity of time.  Offering to help other students is perhaps the most influential act you can do to improve your own skill set.  It is expected at higher ranks, is necessary for growth and is the right thing to do. It is the definition of generosity. It defines a martial artist.

 

Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 6

Martial Arts Fitness

This is the sixth and final episode of our CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY® Martial Arts Fitness by BUSHIDO KARATE  series. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning the techniques used by practicing martial artists. By using all the non-contact components of our style, Martial Arts Fitness training defines muscles and strengthens core function.

The most important thing you can do is practice, rinse, repeat! You will feel better and be healthier. It starts with willingness; Change Your Mind, Change Your Body®

Back kick for a tight butt

The final episode instructs on proper technique for a back kick; one of the strongest kicks in the martial arts. All the energy in your body is collected in your hips and results in explosive power. We demonstrate the kick and how to use a wall as a guide. Then we combine back kick and front kick ending with blocks and strikes using light weights. Click the link below to be taken to the latest episode.

Martial Arts Fitness, Series 1 Episode 6 

Season 2 begins April 30th

In Season 2 we put the kicks, blocks and strikes covered in Series 1 together in total fitness formats.  Combinations keep your body moving and your brain thinking!  The first episode of the series  features a small class of students whom have watched and practiced Season 1.

These series and episodes are meant to be watched in order. Since we are building on what we’ve learned previously, you should view these past episodes first. Each link below will first take you to the blog post. Read a short description of the video and then click the link within the post to be taken to our YouTube channel.

Martial Arts Fitness, Series 1 Episode 1

Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 2

Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 3

Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 4

Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 5

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