“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” 
                                                                 ~  Confucius

Wisdom has always been my goal…  both physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  While I have more authority in certain areas over others, I am in a constant state of learning and growing. 

I invite you to do the same. 

I was at a seminar on Friday where I was reminded that Martial Arts is a lifestyle and something you carry with you both on and off the mat…  not something you pick up or put down like a seasonal sport.  Whether you have been training for years or you just started, you have the opportunity to take advantage of this lifestyle and the wisdom that comes with it.  Therefore, we train year round. 

Why?

Because growth and self-improvement don’t have an off season and this is REALLY what we are working on with both the kids and adults. 

I challenge you to take a look at your physical growth over the course of your training (even if you just started).  While you may not have shed the pounds or bodyfat that you “wanted”, aren’t you much more “aware” of your body?  The way it moves?  The experience of both elation and fatigue during training?  Perhaps you have become aware that you are much more capable of physical feats than you thought you were?

Our kids are experiencing these same things.  They are becoming much more aware of a body that is changing all the time.  Not only that, they are more aware of their ability to focus and pay attention.  They are less distracted because of their martial arts training. 

They learn one of the most important skills of being able to follow directions and pay attention to a teacher (authority figure). 

They learn how to treat themselves, their parents, and their friends with respect and courtesy. 

None of these benefits have an “off season”.  This is why I train year round and require all of our students to do the same.  Is there ever a time where respect, self discipline, self-control, perseverance, commitment, integrity, honor, courtesy, physical fitness are not a required part of life?  So why would you stunt your or your child’s growth in that area?

Train Hard,

Master Dan  

Announcements:

Easter Break – No classes Sunday April 24th and Monday April 25th.

Testing – April 28th
No Classes this day and as usual, no unsupervised kids during testing.  

Nutritional Seminar with Jenn Spitzner – April 29th
Get nutritional advice from one of the best!  Take the class at 7:15pm and stay for the seminar at 8:00.  Sign up at the front desk.