Happy New Year to all members!
The dojo will open again this Wednesday for the New Year, so I hope everyone is ready to start the New Year off strong and train hard.
I often talk about goals and the beginning of the year is the perfect time to do so. It is important that you all set one or two goals for your karate for the coming year. Your goal could be to decide which rank you plan to achieve by the end of the… year. It could be the number of tournaments you plan to participate in. It could be a fitness goal or a weight loss goal. It could be the number of new kata you would like to learn. Maybe it is an improvement in your kumite skill. Or it could simply be a stronger front punch or higher front kick.
Whatever it is you should have a goal or two in mind (or preferably written down). If you don’t set a goal then you can be sure that your progress will be limited or at the very least slower than you had hoped.
Also remember that the many things that you learn in karate, such as discipline, increased focus and concentration, strong spirit and respect for others should also be found in your life outside the dojo. This is the sign that the true meaning of this wonderful art of karate is showing itself in everything around you.
Finally, don’t forget the two important concepts of patience and perseverance. They are crucial to your success. We often use the word “Osu” in class as a greeting or to say “yes I understand what I am being asked to do”. The two characters that are used to write “Osu” in Japanese mean patience and perseverance! Coincidence? I think not.
I wish each and every one of you a successful 2015 in every way and I hope that you are all ready to set goals and to train hard.