Senshin: The Enlightened Mind

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normrobitza On May - 14 - 2017

Too many times are students showing disrespect in the dojo. They may not even know that they are doing it.

The biggest thing recently has been getting out of line to get a drink. This has been very disruptive. The students doing it are younger and relatively new. It is interesting that a teenager has to stop after light training and get a drink while a man 3 times there size and more than twice their age doesn’t have to. Oh and that older man is exerting himself way more than the younger students. Don’t get me wrong, water is very important. Especially on those very hot days but there is a time for it. You should never walk out of line to get a drink. Any time you walk away from training even for only the briefest of moments should be approved by your instructor. It is disruptive to the class and disrespectful, not only to the instructor, but to everyone that is training.

Then there are those that carry on in class talk to their “neighbour” while there is instructions being given. When it comes time to perform the techniques or to practice the exercise given, you will have no clue what is going on. Again this is disruptive and causes you to look foolish and you instructors to become upset. Concentration is the #1 thing being looked for at each rank examination. If you can not show concentration in class, how can you during a clinic/examination?

When instruction is given don’t assume that the instructor is not talking about you. Sometimes as instructors, we do not single out one student who is making a mistake but we make a general announcement to the class about correct body position, etc. This so we are not always correcting the same student or let multiple students know that they are performing the techniques incorrectly. Just because your name wasn’t spoken doesn’t mean that we are not talking to you. Always expect that you are the student that the correction is for. Check your techniques. If there are mirrors in the class watch yourself in the mirror. Any instruction, even if not directed at you, is great for your training. It will help you improve and will help if you ever want to become an instructor.

Put everything you have into your training. Like most activities, you get back what you put in. Practice is what makes you improve. Professional athletes spends hours in the gym every day. Musicians spend countless hours performing and practising to hone their craft. No one that is successful at anything applies minimal effort. So you need to put everything into your karate training. I personally train or teach nearly every day. During the Fall/Winter, I am in a gi 12+ hours a week. In the Spring/Summer, 4-6 hours a week as my dojo closes for the summer and classes at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy (ASKA) cut back to twice a week. Go to class and train! It is important if you want to improve. In the summer, at ASKA the classes consist of Shihan David Pyke, Sensei Janice Pyke, myself, Carol Gould and Dale Sherwood. Sometimes we might have someone else drop by for a class but rarely. There are way more students than that in the club but they all disappear for the summer. I understand people have other things on the go in the summer but try to make a class once in a while to help keep up your skills.

If you are the parent of a karate student, remember, your kids are the future of karate. They will be the ones that are teaching students in 20 years. They will need to be focused, train hard and put everything into their training. Don’t assume that they are putting in 100% every class. Watch a class once a week. Observe how your children acts in class. Do not interfere in the class, only be an observer. Remember your child will be on their best behaviour is you are there. However, don’t think that the same is true when you are not there. Come in early and see what they are doing, contact the instructors at least once a month for a progress report. Do not assume your child will be ready for testing when the time comes just because they have been going to class. Maximum effort and understanding is required.

Karate training is not supposed to be easy. If it were then everyone would be a black belt. Karate is difficult training that requires effort and exertion. Show respect to your instructors by listening in class and taking in every second of instruction. These men and women have spent countless hours in, and out of, the dojo training to accumulate the knowledge that they are passing on to you. They have sacrificed so much time and money to become instructors not because they will become rich and famous but because they have a passion for karate. A passion that extends beyond wanting to only make themselves good karateka but to also pass on the knowledge they have acquired. Show them the utmost respect. Work hard and concentrate on your training. Remember by only putting in half effort, not paying attention and being disruptive, you are not only hurting yourself but everyone around you. Karate is a team effort to achieve personal goals. So achieve your best personal goals by being part of the team. Show respect, listen, accept all corrections and put in maximum effort.

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