October 31

October 31 falls on Monday this year.  It has been my experience that attendance is very low when that falls on a class day.  In an effort to enjoy the festive nature and see the creative costumes students (and families) are invited to wear their costumes next week Monday October 24.  (Personally I hope to see some creative martial arts inspired costumes).  We will take a group picture at 6:25 after the children’s class.  If you are not able to attend that night (or want to wear it again) wear it on Thursday October 27.

 

Two rules: Your uniform is a special garment for karate training and should not be used as a costume (outside the dojo).  The second no dangerous or breakable parts will be allowed during class.  If there is some touch up that needs to happen there will be a minute or two before the photos.

 

Some may ask “What is the value in this?”  From time to time it is important to practice in clothes that are not our Gis to see how this affects our ability to move.  We will of course go gentle on the costumes.  Most of all we are hoping to have some FUN together.

 

Please join us these nights regardless of your costume and enjoy the time together.

The Answers are on the Floor

Today I write after returning from a weekend of training in Nebraska.  I have never been in this dojo before but felt right at home and enjoyed my time there very much.

 

This weekend was a special time set aside for dedicated training time or Gasshuku.  Mrs. Young and myself attended as students and worked hard on Kihon, Kata and Kumite, The same things we work on in classes week in and week out, we just did it for longer without interruption.  Sensei talked a lot about making sure we do our practice.  Not only coming to the dojo for classes but also practicing to grow our skills so when we attend classes or Gasshuku especially, we can push each other to grow, ask questions and enrich the knowledge body as a whole.  It is the instructors responsibility to present the information.  The students job is to practice, make it their own and attend classes to work with others on the information.  Some of my favorite quotes were painted on the walls around this dojo.  The most relevant to this writing is “The Answers are on the Floor”.  Meaning if we want to learn we have to be on the floor, we have to practice and put in the effort.  I have approached my training by setting goals and working to make them happen.  My personal daily practice outside of class was developed prior to my first black belt test.  This strategy worked to achieve the goal of successful promotion at that time and continues to expand to serve new goals.

 

Currently Karate and Kobudo classes are Monday and Thursdays and Yoga classes Tuesday nights.  Many schedule options have been explored at various points of our history.  When polled people respond they would like to see more class options.  Scheduling is not easy for anyone, and people are involved in many things.  Personally I work full time before attending and teaching the classes we offer.  This is a personal commitment that I have chosen.  I am not asking for sacrifice from anyone, but would like to see the strength of our program continue to grow.