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Forgiveness
"I'm sorry."  Those words are hard for some people to say. Not for me. I grew up on those words spilling out of my mouth like bad milk. Apologies were the easiest way to get someone to stop being mad at ( read: hating ) me and possibly forgive me...for spea...
"I'm sorry." Those words are hard for some people to say. Not for me. I grew up on those words spilling out of my mouth like bad milk. Apologies were the easiest way to get someone to stop being mad at (read: hating) me and ...
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My personal benefits [by Jennifer Stanley]
When I first started Karate I simply thought it would be really cool to learn something new and to be able to defend myself. What I got was so much more than I expected. When I go to class, the immediate feeling is of acceptance. It doesn’t matter what I ca...
When I first started Karate I simply thought it would be really cool to learn something new and to be able to defend myself. What I got was so much more than I expected. When I go to class, the immediate feeling is of accepta...
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Staying True To Yourself
"There's a difference between tournament style Karate and Self-Defense." Master Mason informed me. Bam. That was the answer I was looking for after I had found myself inspecting the concrete up close and personal in a recent street fight in my neighborhood....
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Grief
It's hard to wake up. It's hard to keep going. That day was especially difficult. Right in the middle of a regular work day in which it seemed like everyone wanted to talk, everyone needed something, and everything was happening, and all I wanted to do is c...
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Everyday Karate
I just got finished washing the dishes for my beautiful wife (she hates doing dishes and I love her enough to surprise her!), and for once my back doesn't hurt so bad from bending over the sink. You see, in case you haven't met me, I'm pretty tall. Towering...
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Why people with ADD/ADHD shouldn't ride motorcycles (but they SHOULD take Karate!)
As a kid I loved riding bicycles. I'd run them as fast as I could, and then ramp a curb. I'd build ramps as steep as I could so I would get the most air and then try to land on the back wheel and then the front. That's how you knew you were doing it right. ...
As a kid I loved riding bicycles. I'd run them as fast as I could, and then ramp a curb. I'd build ramps as steep as I could so I would get the most air and then try to land on the back wheel and then the front. That's how yo...
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A Letter To My Bullies
Dear Bullies, Yes, you. The guy that lied to get me in trouble. The girl that laughed at me because I liked you. The one that made fun of me every time you saw me. You made me your personal entertainment in front of crowds of our peers. You called me names,...
Dear Bullies, Yes, you. The guy that lied to get me in trouble. The girl that laughed at me because I liked you. The one that made fun of me every time you saw me. You made me your personal entertainment in front of crowds o...
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The Art of the Martial Art
What is art? Does it serve a purpose? And more directly, what is a Martial  Art? Why do we call it an art? According to some website on the interwebz, art is “the expression or
application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form
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The Mathena Academy Philosophy
Each martial art is structured with a certain philosophy - a belief system of sorts, provided by its founder. Gichin Funakoshi (the founder of Shotokan Karate) believed that there is no first attack in karate. In other words, karate should only be used to d...
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The Power of Positive
Last year (2015) will probably go down in history as the year everyone was offended. Politics seemed to dominate the media in some way or another; if they weren't discussing the presidential candidates and terrorism, they were highlighting police brutality,...
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Gasshuku 2015
How often does the average Karate student get the opportunity to train with a 10th degree black belt master from Okinawa? Many, and I'd venture to say the vast majority never do. It was my distinct privilege to do so this past weekend. Having been extended ...
How often does the average Karate student get the opportunity to train with a 10th degree black belt master from Okinawa? Many, and I'd venture to say the vast majority never do. It was my distinct privilege to do so this pas...
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