Time

Shihan Brian Cyr – The Academy of Martial Arts – Founder [tahym] (A finite duration) In my Dojo there are four Japanese Kanji characters found framed in a place of prominence. These characters represent the four possessions of the Samurai: Honour, Integrity, Loyalty, and Time. If we think about it, Time is truly the one…

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Assertive

Shihan Brian Cyr – The Academy of Martial Arts – Founder [uh-sur-tiv] (the quality of being self assured) Assertiveness is the ability to think for ourselves, ask for what we need, and to stand up for ourselves. Many definitions of assertiveness include the term aggressive; however, it is important to understand hat there is a…

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Confidence

Shihan Brian Cyr – The Academy of Martial Arts – Founder [kon-fi-duhns] (belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities) Confidence is cultured through knowledge and skill. It is a firm belief in the result of years of trials and tribulations. It is developed by accomplishing something today that you did not feel or know…

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Karate, Teaches More than Karate

Kevin Cyr – First Degree Black Belt – Central Academy of Martial Arts Martial arts is more than kick and punch. Martial arts is a life style, a code, a moral compass. Beginners see karate as a way to defend yourself physically, which is right, but it goes much deeper than this. It has unique…

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Trustworthy

[truhst-wur-th ee] (Deserving of trust or confidence) Shihan Brian Cyr – The Academy of Martial Arts – Founder To be trustworthy is to have earned the respect of others and to have gained their confidence. To be trustworthy is to have earned the right to be counted on by others. To be trustworthy is the…

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The Muscle Memory

Sensei Kimberley Sue – Fourth Degree Black Belt – North Brampton Academy of Martial Arts In the martial arts we repeat techniques to create muscle memory. If a student has to use their karate, their bodies need to act instinctively. Katas are great examples: a series of movements set in a pattern, blocks and punches…

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