Hero of Commitment…Keri Strug

It was 1996 and I was on vacation in Las Vegas with a friend. The Summer Olympics were on and one of my favorite events is gymnastics. Well that was the year of the Dream Team in women’s gymnastics as we took home gold medals like crazy. The event that night was the Vault and…

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Quitting is not an option!

Parents…this is so true. I hear it time and again… “I want my kids to learn self discipline” “I want my kids to be committed.” “I want my kids to gain self confidence” Yet, when it gets tough or the kid “isn’t having fun” or “loses interest” then I hear…”I don’t want to make them…

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Our goal as students…

Isn’t it interesting how some of the most profound stuff can be found in children’s books? Rather than being dug out of large intellectual dissertations; some of the deepest philosophical and spiritual truths can be found in some of the simplest stories. Right now we are reading a little book about a mouse who learns…

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Going beyond your self

(adapted from Black Belt Warriors for Peace by Terrance Webster- Doyle) The art of the martial arts is to take you beyond yourself. For instance a kata is more than just a sequence of moves but a way of forgetting yourself. When you are so focused on the kata (or technique or basic),when you give…

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The Rocking Chair Test

What do you picture when you think of a rocking chair. To me is conjures pictures of grandpa whittling away at sticks or grandma knitting as they sip away at a cold glass of lemonade on a bright sunny day. However, it is not what they are doing on the outside but what is happening…

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Keep Going…the journey to Black Belt

I really like the following quote… “Those on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”  I think of the climbers who attempt to scale Mt. Everest. They don’t just go out and do it…they have to exercise to condition their bodies. They climb smaller peaks to acclimate to altitude. They prepare for weeks, months, sometimes…

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Never Will We Unjustly Dishonor Our Fellow Students, Our Teachers, the AKKA Organization or the Art of Karate Through Misusing the Secrets We Are Learning. To This We the Students of AKKA Do Swear.

First let’s consider the term “dishonor”.  What does this mean? It is not the absence of honor but the action of not honoring.  This implies intentional behavior; therefore as Kenpo martial artists we are saying that we will not engage in any behavior that could potentially bring dishonor. Specifically we are talking about the behavior of…

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We approach Life’s Problems with the Patience Karate has Given Us

“Patience is a virtue.”  We have all heard this before but often it is easier said than done. Life is a journey of peaks and valleys. When we are at the height of one of the peaks we feel great; but when we are in the shadow of a valley we itch for that quick…

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Striving for an Ultimate Serenity That Can Only Come Through a Complete Understanding of Our Selves

This part of the Kenpo Creed invites an introspective meditation on who we are in the various roles we undertake in our lives. First of all, as human beings, we are hard wired to be on a quest for “inner peace”. There is something within us that is always searching for a higher purpose and…

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To Develop a Better Understanding of Others

As we improve mentally and physically through motion we begin to notice things about ourselves.  We begin to realize we are capable of more than we thought we were and we gain an appreciation for our strengths. We also, sometimes painfully, become aware of our limitations which allows us to gauge where we are and…

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