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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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  • The 5 Minds Of Karate

    1) Sho-shin – Beginner’s Mind This refers to the type of mentality you probably had when you first started martial arts. everything was new and exciting. You were eager to learn. You had an open minded eagerness, and you had no preconceptions of how to do your techniques. you had nothing to compare it to or relate to any previous experience. You just wanted to learn. This is the mentality that you need to have even at at advances level or experience in you martial arts training. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you know everything that you need to know. ALWAYS Maintain a beginner’s mind. Remain Humble. The person who thinks he or she already knows ....

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  • Honesty is the Best Policy

    Honesty with yourself is the toughest challenge in the Martial Arts. -Either you are GOOD, or choose not to be. -Either you have talent or you don't. -Either you think talent is everything, or you understand that the Mother of all skill is hard work, repetition and practice. -Either you TRAIN, or you don't. -Either you are a Sweater, or you are not. -Either you improve, or you don't. -Either you keep teaching 5 step sparring, Or you expand your horizons. -Either you add to your arsenal, or you don't. -Either you are well rounded, or you are not. -Either you look outside the box, or you don't. -Either you sacrifice and dedicate to Karate, or it is no more than a hobby. -Either ....

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