A Season for every Martial Art

The martial arts are fantastic in many ways.  It is a great form of exercise.  It is a great way to reduce stress.  It allows you to gain better control of your mind and body.  It allows you to feel safe and protect your loved ones.  Everyone both young and old can reap benefits from practicing the martial arts, regardless if your goal is to just have fun or to become a serious blackbelt. 

What should I work on this Summer?

Summer is just a few weeks away!  Kids are about to get out of school and the pools are about to open to be a huge source of fun.  But this also means that Spring classes are coming to an end.  Specifically, kids karate classes will stop in the middle of June and not pick up again until September.  So, the question we commonly get is, “What should I work on this summer?”  Here are some suggestions:

The Value of Competition

Are you one of those people who love to play a sport or a game to see who wins?  Are you driven by the idea of testing yourself against others to see who is best?  Does winning matter “a lot” to you? 

If so, then I would describe you as a competitive person.  Some people find great motivation in competing, while others shy away from it and avoid it whenever possible.  I would suggest to you that if you are one of those people who avoid competition, you might wish to reconsider, and here’s why.

Being Thankful

I love to set big goals and work hard to achieve them!  It drives me to succeed and forces me to work hard to earn the things I want.  Being driven and motivated is awesome and can take you very far in life.  But, sometimes when you are going so fast and are so focused on a goal or set of goals, you can miss the small subtleties of life.  One of these is stopping for a moment to “count your blessings.” 

Is it Kenpo or Kempo?

For those who have been around Kaizen Karate for a little bit, you understand that our system is comprised of several key components, one of which is our kata, master form, from the International Karate Connections Association (IKCA).  But, I have been asked, is the IKCA system Kenpo (with a ‘n’) or Kempo (with an ‘m’)?  Lets discuss which is correct.