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Student Spotlight No. 35

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Training for almost 2/3 of his life, and he’s only 17!

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 Bryan!

Bryan is 17 years old, is in 12th grade and is a 2nd degree black belt. He began his Bushido Karate training in March 2007. He is the youngest of three – all black belts. Bryan is a very talented martial artist and a mentor to younger students. He has truly earned the rank of Sempai (“older brother or sister”) through his commitment to helping fellow students and his kind and mature nature.

Check out Bryan as a white belt in 2007 on Instagram @thebushidoschoolofkarate !

Bushido Karate not only pushes me physically to places I never thought I could reach, but it is also a foundation for my character, my mental fortitude, and my will to put 110% into everything I do.

– Bryan

I chose The Bushido School of Karate because I felt they were making my son more self-confident and more devoted to accomplish his goals.

-Bryan’s mom
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Student spotlight on Bryan
May 7th, 2019
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Student Spotlight No. 34

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On the journey to black belt

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 Franco!

Franco is 6 years old, is in 1st grade and is a blue belt. He began his Bushido Karate training in September 2018.

Bushido Karate makes me feel: good.

My favorite part of class is: I learn something new each day.

I like to learn: the forms.

– Franco

As a 6-year old boy Franco loves to kick and yell. Bushido Karate gives him an opportunity to get an hour of kicking & yelling while learning discipline & self-defense. He also gets a great work out and learns to set his mind to achieve and improve to a higher level. He also has lots of fun!

– Franco’s mom
Student spotlight on Franco!
May 1st, 2019
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Student Spotlight No. 33

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Bushido Karate for dad and daughter

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 Joanna!

Joanna is 9 years old, is in 4th grade and is a white belt. She began her Bushido Karate training in November 2018. Joanna is the 2nd generation in her family to learn from Shihan Mehrkar! Joanna’s father was a student in the 1990’s!

I like coming to Bushido because I learn confidence, and new skills like board breaking, self-defense and how to block and strike.

– Joanna

We chose Bushido because I’m a former student and only wanted Shihan (Mehrkar) to train my daughter.

Joanna’s dad
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April 3rd, 2019
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Student Spotlight No. 32

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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 Deshi Josh!

Deshi is 25 years old, and is in his 2nd year of medical school. He began his Bushido Karate training in October 2001. Fifteen years later in March of 2016 he achieved the rank of 4th degree black belt. In April 2017 he was awarded the title of Deshi. A Deshi is more than a student. Deshi are apprentice(s) of the Master instructor. It is a Japanese term used in the systems of many styles of martial arts. At The Bushido School of Karate we have awarded this rank to only a handful of long-time students. Deshi are expected to pass along the tradition to future generations.

Balancing his lifestyle

We don’t get to see Deshi Josh as often as we would like. The very impressive reason for this is because he is in his 2nd year of medical school. While pursuing his career in pediatric medicine, he always comes back to train and help when he gets a break. The smiles on our younger student’s faces when “Deshi is back” are heartwarming.

Short and sweet, Deshi Josh’s quote below sums up perfectly the atmosphere we all are lucky to have!

Bushido means family. I love how even when I’m away, I can always come back to my second home- to see everyone improving and getting better.

– Deshi Josh
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March 21, 2019
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Student Spotlight No. 31

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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 Nicholas!

Nicholas is 17 years old, is in 12th grade and is currently a 3rd Degree black belt at Bushido Karate. He started karate classes in August 2008.

My favorite thing about Bushido Karate is the way everyone constantly pushes each other. It seems almost like a close-knit family when everyone gets together to train.

-Nicholas

We chose Bushido Karate for Nicholas

1) due to the great work ethic of the school

2) the personnel’s care about each student’s progress

3) the professionalism of the instructors that shows throughout the training sessions

4) the great friendships that the students develop at the school

-Nicholas’ parents


Student spotlight on Nicholas
March 8, 2019
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Is kata, or form, important to martial arts training?

What is kata?

Simply speaking, kata is a choreographed series of movements against an imaginary opponent. In Americanized styles of martial arts you will hear kata referred to as “form”.  In our style we speak English and our kicks, stances, punches and techniques have Americanized names.  This does not change the execution, simply the command given and the name of the form.

Forms are memorized and practiced over and over. The beginner form, or White Belt Form, puts together 3 techniques into a basic combination. As students are more proficient in their training, the forms for each belt become more difficult and demand more intensity.

How does practicing forms help a martial artist in their training?

This is where the topic becomes a little argumentative. Critics  claim that forms are an antiquated waste of time.  Citing they are not practical for self-defense, and certainly play no part in sparring. As mentioned above, forms are a choreographed series of movements against an imaginary opponent. Real and effective defense cannot be learned from an imaginary opponent!

On the contrary, the argument for teaching and learning forms involves a physical and mental aspect. In addition to a solid curriculum of effective self-defense skills involving karate and BJJ, sparring and grappling, we teach forms at every level in a student’s training; from beginner to expert levels.

Reasons forms are an integral part of our training

  • Forms are executed alone, or with a group. The timing, or cadence, should remain the same every time. However, if one student falls behind, all students wait for him or her to catch up. It teaches how to be supportive.
  • Forms are taught in segments, and broken down to the simplest level for the newest student. This means that the rest of the group learns at the pace of the lowest ranking student. Teaching patience is great character building.
  • Students are required to hold positions that are physically demanding. Seeing muscles begin to shake from pushing our bodies to their limits builds our minds and our bodies.
  • Combinations of kicks, blocks and strikes found throughout forms further serve to strengthen our muscle memory for use in sparring and self-defense.
  • Forms  executed properly generate an intensity and focus that does not allow for interference. You enter a zone of full mind and body control. After you’ve done a 3-minute form, you’re drenched in sweat and want to do it again even sharper.  It is an awesome workout for every inch of your body. Improved muscle mass and cardiovascular health increase your sparring, grappling and self-defense ability. And the circle of training continues….

Forms can be learned online

Benefits for our students

While you won’t earn a black belt online with us, we do offer online training tutorials. If you are our student, they are invaluable for practicing correctly. We expect all students to practice at home – but only if he or she wants to be better! Having a Bushido Karate instructor demonstrate the proper way to execute techniques is the best way to “get it right!”. Our tutorials  are broken down into easy-to-follow mini-lessons, and can be viewed as many times are your heart desires.

Benefits for non-students, too!

Our forms tutorials are a fantastic way to get in awesome shape. Performing each move and technique with tension in the beginning and with explosive energy when you get better and better – it’s a muscle-toning, calorie-burning, cardiovascular blast!

Martial Arts Fitness

Check out our FREE Martial Arts Fitness series for kicks, punches and brain-training that will give you a martial arts based workout with a kickboxing feel! Quick videos get you moving and offer combinations that are easy-to-learn and fun to do!