Sometimes people hurt us.  Sometimes it’s on purpose, and sometimes it’s on accident.  Either way, we have a choice.  We can respond or we can react.  What’s the difference?  Let’s think in terms of medicine.  When you react to a medicine, it’s typically thought to be negative.  You might get a rash or a fever after taking the medicine for an entirely different issue.  When you respond to medicine, the initial symptoms that were being treated start to improve and perhaps go away.  It’s positive.  Back to when someone hurts us…

What if a person or friend calls us a bad name?  You have a choice: react and call them a bad name back or respond and say that isn’t cool then walk away.  We always have the choice to either react or respond.

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We talk about control at class…a lot.  But why?  Why is it so important?  Because you have power.  I’m not talking about super strength like in the movies.  This is real.  Even the littlest of our martial artists has power.  What power do you have?  The power to hurt another human being.

You can break a knee or an elbow…or a neck.  We teach you to poke out an eye or traumatize a muscle, so an attacker doesn’t keep coming after you.  But at the end of the day, you have the choice whether you use it on someone that is truly trying to hurt you–or whether you use it on your friend that made you mad.  Of course, we teach you to only use your skills as a last resort.  Of course, you are to never use this on a parent or a sibling or your child or a friend.  But what if you’re really mad at them?  What if they really hurt your feelings, or made fun of you, or called your sister names, or _____?  It doesn’t matter.  You need to maintain your control.

It is never okay to hurt someone because you’re mad at them.

Whether with words or fists or feet or fingers, it is never okay to hurt someone because your mad. Period.  You have great power.  To borrow from Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility.

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To initiate is to begin.  More than just beginning, it’s starting something without being asked, invited, or pushed.  To take initiative is to say,”I am having trouble.  How can I fix it?” Or it might be,”I have an idea.  What steps need to happen for this to come into fruition? How can I make this happen?”

But it’s more than just asking the question.  It’s taking action.  To initiate means you take the first steps to get something done, or to go where you want to go.

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Courage.  It’s not the absence of fear.  As one of our grandparents said last class,

Courage is doing the right thing…even when you’re scared.

That pretty much sums it up.  You will have a lot of opportunities to have courage on the journey of your life.  It might be a test at karate in front of a testing board.  It might be a test in school.  It might be that you witness someone being bullied, and you’re the one that needs to stand up for someone else.  There will be people around you that tell you that you should be or do something you’re not.  Have courage.  Do the right thing…even when you’re scared.



Last week Professor spoke with the students about the standard we set for promoting to the next belt level.  At Nova Defense Systems Kenpo Karate, we don’t just give belts away.  Each student must earn it.  Sometimes that means two people that start classes at the same time will not advance at the same pace.  Our journey is our own.  That is why one of our 5 priorities is “Quest to be your best.” It’s not “quest to be THE best.” There’s a big difference between the two and why you can be confident in knowing that each belt and stripe you get with us is earned…and deserved.

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Capable is having the ability to perform a task.  Capable also embodies potential.  For example, you are capable of so much more than you are doing.  You have the ability to move up 1-2 belt ranks this year.  Will you realize what you are capable of and actually  achieve it?  You are capable of earning extra money by doing extra chores above and beyond what is required of you, but will you do it?

Most of us are capable of so much more than we settle for.

What will you do today to find out what you are capable of?


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To “follow through” with a task simply means to see it through to completion.  Last week we set some goals.  Now is the time for the follow through.  Let’s look at those goals and break it down into workable steps to accomplish it.  How do we eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.

What do you need to follow through on?  What were your personal, academic/work, and karate goals?  How can we as your instructors help you reach that?

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Goals are one of our 5 priorities.  So what is a goal?  A goal is a target.  It is something we desire to accomplish.  As we work and study and live our lives, a goal provides a filter through which we can choose our actions.  For example, if my goal is to achieve my 2nd degree black belt by May, when I reach a choice, it will help me make a productive choice.  Should I watch television or should I study my techniques first?  If I want to reach my goal by the set time, it would be more productive to study before I watch tv.

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We don’t often give homework at karate other than reviewing techniques.  This week is a little different.  Each student needs to bring their written goals to class tonight.  Three goals.  That’s it.  Here’s the guidelines:

1. One PERSONAL goal.  What is something specific you want to accomplish or achieve in your personal growth this year?

2. One KARATE goal.  What is a specific goal and end date you want to accomplish in karate this year?

3. One SCHOOL/WORK goal.  What is something specific you want to achieve in your school or work this school year?

You don’t necessarily have to share these with everyone, but the instructors would love to see what you come up with so we can support you in achieving your goals.  See you tonight!


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A mentor is someone that has more experience than you in a specific area.  They have chosen to come along side you to teach, guide, encourage, and give feedback.  A mentor can be a teacher, a coach, or just someone more advanced in the skill set you are learning.

Part of being a martial artist is not only learning, but giving back to those that come after you.  We are looking forward to refining the mentoring process at Nova Defense Systems Kenpo Karate.  Stay tuned for details.

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Teamwork can be simply defined as working with others to accomplish a task.  Some things we do in life need to be worked through on our own, but many tasks can be made easier if we work together. For example, clean up after the Halloween party this weekend was fast and easy because we used teamwork to get it done!  What else in your life works better with teamwork?

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