18th , 2016
week's thought is from
Dan Shihan - West Melbourne Dojo
Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei, Sempai, and Deshi,
our TOTW is focused on performing challenging techniques
to improve our kata. These insights are critical for our
advancement; not so much in our rank but more importantly
in our karate. We practice many challenging and difficult
techniques that improve us in many ways, but it is still
the case that the most difficult aspect of learning karate
is showing up.
Life has many distractions and we are pulled in many ways.
We need to determine if learning karate is a priority. If
learning karate is a priority, then we have to make it a
priority. You will regularly have to overcome the inclination
to stay home instead of showing up to class. There will
be many classes you may not have wanted to attend because
you were tired or too busy. But, there will never be a class
that you are sorry that you attended. Practicing your karate
will raise your energy level and give you the stamina to
meet your many challenges in life. You will rest better
at night when you sleep having had an exhilarating workout.
Relaxing at the end of the day is much more relaxing after
having trained in class.
If you are just starting karate, you must show up to class
at least twice per week. As you advance you will need to
train three to four times per week. On occasion you may
be able to get five sessions in. Regular quality practice
with you fellow karateka is key to becoming proficient in
No one will be able to make every class all the time. Make
sure reasons for missing class are valid. Dont neglect
your family in preference for karate. If you prioritize
your activities you will have plenty of time for both. When
a conflict between karate and family, or other, matters
arise, you will make the right decision. All of us are given
the same time in each day. It is up to us to determine how
that time should be invested. I will maintain that karate
is a great investment that yields many great returns that
will bolster the returns you gain from your other time investments.
Sensei Rick Cupoli
- West Melbourne Dojo