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  • Karate is great for adults!

    Karate is great for adults!

    5 REASONS Why KARATE Is the BEST FITNESS Program For ADULTS. As adults, we can easily identify the components of a healthy lifestyle and list the factors that contribute to wellness, health and peace of mind. We know that being healthy includes getting good and adequate sleep, maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in an active lifestyle. Yet every day, we adults struggle to do what is right for our bodies due to a variety of hurdles and obstacles in our busy lives. With our stressful and time-crunched lives, it’s difficult to wind down and get enough sleep. In the case of food, we often sacrifice health for convenience. Instead of engaging in physical ....

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  • Gichin Funakoshi’s 20 Precepts

    Gichin Funakoshi’s 20 Precepts

    Shotokan Karate Philosophy by Gichin Funakoshi Sensei Funakoshi talked about the Twenty Precepts of Karate (Niju Kun). These principles are derived from Zen and Bushido. As with most traditional martial arts, karate seeks to develop the character and esteem of its students. The individual practitioner (karateka) can develop respect, control, calm temperament and humility. The Dojo Kun are a set of five rules which may be recited at some point during a class in order to set the atmosphere for training with a correct attitude. Each Dojo Kun begins with the number one. This signifies that no one precept is more important than another. Funakoshi's literature ....

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  • The ROLE of a SENPAI

    The ROLE of a SENPAI

    The Role of a Senpai What is a Senpai ? The simple meaning is to understand the definition. Senpai translates as "Senior" and can be applied in any situation where someone is senior to you. The Japanese term is used in school, business, the arts, and of course the martial ways. But the meaning for those in a traditionally run martial art group is far deeper than simply "Senior." The history of Senpai tradition is long. The position has existed in the Japanese Samurai tradition and Okinawan Warrior society since warrior groups began. Originally Senpai was the most senior warrior in the group, under the group's commander or leader. His responsibility has always been awesome ....

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  • "Why do you want your child to learn Karate?”

    "Why do you want your child to learn Karate?”

    "Why do you want your child to learn Karate?” Parent - "I want them to gain discipline and confidence" Sensei to Parent : "Then here are the things you, as the parent need to know and follow NO MATTER WHAT: 1. You must be consistent bringing your child to class. Schedule your Karate days and move things around them so your child doesn't miss classes or attend sporadically. Why? Because discipline and confidence come from doing structured things, not random things. 2. When training gets tough and your child doesn't want to go to class because it's not "fun", you will tell them "GET YOUR Gi and LET'S GO" no matter what. Why? Because you can't build ....

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  • Awesome Martial Arts Quotes

    “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. ~ Lance Armstrong Cry in the DOJO and laugh in the battlefield ~ Author Unknown A Black belt is merely a white belt who NEVER QUIT ~ Author Unknown Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do ~ Author Unknown I don't believe ....

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  • Top 5 Reasons To Enroll Your Child In A Martial Arts Class

    Top 5 Reasons To Enroll Your Child In A Martial Arts Class

    Physical Fitness Just like with adults, one of the most common reasons for enrolling a child into a martial arts class is fitness. Childhood obesity rates are climbing, and more and more children are spending a lot more time in front of the television, playing video games and using a computer. However, even among more active children, martial arts is still attractive since it is seen as a very good source of exercise that also teaches a set of skills that can help improve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, balance, strength and overall energy levels. Life Skills Another popular reason for enrolling children in the martial arts is to develop "life skills". These ....

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  • The Truth about REAL Karate-do and Krotty

    The Truth about REAL Karate-do and Krotty

    Have you come across any so called "Karate" studios in your area that claim they offer Karate-do, but instead they offer something not even remotely close to Japanese or Okinawan Karate-do? There is nothing wrong if a school claims they teach "martial arts". That is absolutely fine and it does not matter what the style is or where it is from, it is a generic term. Call it what you want. A martial art can be anything you want it to be. But labels can be tricky and once you give a martial art a label it might not be the most accurate description and even flat out misleading . Especially when it comes to Karate-do When you look for a Kung-fu school, what kind of martial art do you ....

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  • A Question about TAKING or TRAINING??

    A Question about TAKING or TRAINING??

    A few years ago a lady called our dojo seeking other alternatives for their family's martial arts journey. Hello, I have a question about "Taking" a class vs.Training?? What is the difference between.... "TAKING a KARATE CLASS vs. "TRAINING in KARATE"?? I am just curious .... I have 5 daughters who, well, TRAIN I guess at the Dojang (TAE-KWON-DO). Are they getting all they need there? I was upset that it took my 5 year old triplets 2 &1/2 years to earntheirpurple belts.... which they finally recieved tonight. M y two older Daughters 10 and 8 are testing for their Brown Belts in November... I was thinking about transfering to a different type of martial arts... ....

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  • Lost or Forgotten Karate Techniques

    Lost or Forgotten Karate Techniques

    Lost or Forgotten Karate Techniques I wanted to touch on a topic that I don't find many people discussing often. THE LOST or FORGOTTEN techniques of Karate-do. Most dojos teach a very similar way and for the most part all offer the same curriculum, especially if they are of a Shotokan background. What I like the most about Karate in general is that no one style of karate is limited in its vastness yet they are all so different and very compatible to each other at the same time. This leaves a lot of room for growth and learning within Karate as a whole. The founder of Shotokan Karate - Gichin Funakoshi once said there is no style in karate. No matter the style you are ....

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  • Martial Sport or Self Defense?

    MARTIAL SPORT or SELF-DEFENSE? Everyone know's that MMA Fighters are on another Planet when it comes to their conditioning, fighting spirit, skill and determination. Many are GREAT Martial Artists that happened to be great fighters too. I have many MMA fighter friends I admire so much and get inspired by their attitude and effort in their training. It’s very motivating to me. They are great examples of determination and spirit. They are an ELITE group of people. It takes a special kind of person to be a GREAT fighter. It's a LIFE STYLE. USUALLY a Great fighter is ALSO a great Martial Artist / BUDO-KA I do believe that the FORMAT of MMA is the closest thing you can get ....

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