10th , 2016
week's TFTW is a joint effort by the Black Belts of the
Pelham Manor Dojo.
you don't have time to get it right, when will you find
time to do it
over?" - John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach
age of short attention spans and selective memory, when
is disposable or designed to become obsolete, devoting the
"Time to Get It
Right" is often seen as impractical if not downright
Traditional martial arts offer an antidote to such thinking.
right, particularly the long journey to get it right, is
what makes us
both competent and confident when facing the world's challenges.
said, we should always strive to get it right NOW - not
later - even
though we're prepared to "find the time to do it over"...
and over... over
thousands of repetitions if need be, to reach perfection.
time you receive an old familiar correction, try to get
it right then
and there, instead of just shouting out, "Arigato Sensei!"
"I'll find the time to fix it later." Then, hold
on to it like a
tenacious pine perched atop a coral cliff in Okinawa. Settle
arigato gozaimasu, Hanshi,
- Mr. Brian Heese, Chief Instructor,
Ueshiro Pelham Manor Karate Club
1948-1975 Wooden compiled an impressive record of 664 wins
losses. He was a stickler for punctuality, neatness, and
profanity. When asked why he enjoyed teaching and coaching,
"Where else would I find such splendid company?"
His "Pyramid of Success"
is a classic reworking of "The Seven Virtues of the
there is no record of him ever studying karate, he
certainly had the spirit of a great sensei and samurai.