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Choose your words wisely

Last week I said something to someone and it reminded me of the importance of choosing my words wisely. I didn’t mean anything by what I said, but after looking back, I certainly could have said what I said nicer. After thinking about it, it reminded me of a funny story that reinforces that everyone should choose their words wisely.

Hundreds of years ago, there was a monastery and it was very strict about talking. In fact, it was so strict that you could only say two words every ten years! Well, there is a monk there and he studies and meditates for a decade and at the end of that decade, the head monk comes to him and says, “You’ve been here for ten years now and are allowed to say two words. What would you like to say?”

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Nothing is permanent.

A friend and I were chatting last week. I’ve had this friend for nearly 30 years and during that time, we’ve always come and gone, in and out of each other’s lives. At the end of the conversation he said “Well, I’ll see you again.” and he headed off on a big trip for the next few years. When he said that, we weren’t saying goodbye, we were just saying “See you later.” That moment, I realized that nothing, no matter how good or bad, is permanent.

Over the years, I’ve experienced really great highs and struggled through really tough lows, but none of them have lasted forever. Whatever I’ve been going through, has never lasted forever. I’m sure it’s the same for you too.

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Strong convictions loosely held.

As a karate student, you are constantly pushing yourself to be better, stronger, and more disciplined. And one of the most important lessons you can learn along the way is the power of having “strong convictions, loosely held.”

What does that mean exactly? It means firmly believing in your values, goals, and principles but being open to new ideas, perspectives, and experiences. It means being confident in your convictions but also being willing to adjust them if new evidence or insights arise.

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3 Ways Karate Develops Discipline!

People often ask me about the ways karate develops discipline. Having taught martial arts for nearly 20 years I’ve spoken with thousands of people about why they’re beginning to train. What I’ve learned from that is that confidence, focus, discipline, and fitness are EASILY the four most popular reasons why people start.

Now, before I go any further, I have a couple of disclaimers. First, I don’t think that the style matters. You can get any and all of these benefits from Karate, Judo, Kung-fu, Tae Kwon Do, boxing or any other style that you study. The key to getting the benefits comes from enjoying your training and doing it for a long time. That can only happen if you like your school and teachers. If you can find a school that you enjoy training at, over time, you will definitely gain benefit from your training.

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Trying to learn a new skill?

Consistency is one of the keys to success in any endeavour, which also holds true for karate. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, the only way to improve your skills is through consistent effort. Consistent effort leads to consistent results, which all karate students need to keep in mind.

For example, if you want to improve your kicking technique, you need to practice it consistently. You can’t expect to become a master of kicks overnight. It takes time, practice, and effort to perfect your technique. If you consistently work on your kicks every day, you will eventually see improvement in your form, power, and accuracy.

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When will we start sparring?

As a member of WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations), we are a part of a sports organization that is recognized by the Province of Ontario (PSO – Provincial Sports Organization). As a member of a PSO, we are now allowed to start making contact during our training.

We will begin reintroducing some drills that involve contact during the next few weeks, including self-defence, bags drills, partner work, and sparring. Initially, all these drills will be of low intensity as we reacquaint ourselves with working with a partner.

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Are you looking at the wrong things?

A couple of weeks ago, a great opportunity came up for a friend of mine. It’s amazing, but then they said something that made me think they didn’t believe they had earned the opportunity. When they said this, I immediately thought that they were looking at the wrong things. That’s what this week’s message is all about.

So, this great opportunity comes up and all they can focus on are the reasons why they DON’T deserve it. Despite the fact that they’re a hard worker, great person and more, they couldn’t believe they had the chance to do something so cool.

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How FAST can I get in shape?

Every year, around this time, people start looking in the mirror and thinking “I need to get in shape”. Inevitably, the next question that I get asked is, “How fast can I get in shape?” and “What’s going to get me in shape the fastest?”

What I believe is that it doesn’t acutally matter what you do to get in shape. What will get you in shape the fastest, is the activity that you enjoy the most and will do CONSISTENTLY. If you can find an activity that you enjoy doing and will do reguarly, that it what will get you in shape the fastest.

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