Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

December 18th , 2016

This week's thought is from Sensei Rick Cupoli

San Dan Shihan - West Melbourne Dojo

Showing Up

Onegai-shimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei, Sempai, and Deshi,

Often 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 karate.


No one will be able to make every class all the time. Make sure reasons for missing class are valid. Don’t 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.


Domo Arigato,


Sensei Rick Cupoli

San Dan

Shihan - West Melbourne Dojo