Excellence

ek-suh-luhns (an outstanding feature; something in which someone or something excels) “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle Excellence is the desire to strive for quality in everything that we do. Excellence is having a profound sense of pride in every undertaking no matter how insignificant…

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Commitment

kuh-mit-muhnt (A pledge promise or obligation that we have made on an emotional or intellectual level to a person, persons or course of action) “Until One is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” Goethe I find the term ‘commitment’ to be an expression that is all too easily tossed around…

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How to teach kids, without strangling kids

Kevin Cyr – First Degree Black Belt – Central Academy of Martial Arts At some moments, karate camp is equivalent to hell; children run rampant, tormenting you with high squeals and pounding fists – only missing their flaming tails and pitchforks. Other moments, this hell is controllable, rewarding and even enjoyable. I enjoy teaching. It’s…

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Courtesy

Shihan Brian Cyr – The Academy of Martial Arts – Founder kur-tuh-see (a courteous, respectful, or considerate act or expression) “Karate begins and ends with courtesy” Gichin Funakoshi Over the years I have heard the term courtesy used to define a particular quality of the Traditional Martial Arts; but does anyone truly understand what this…

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Patience

Shihan Brian Cyr – The Academy of Martial Arts – Founder [pey-shuhns] (an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay) In a world of instant gratification, now even the microwave oven is too slow. With our modern conveniences we have become unaccustomed to having to wait for anything. As life…

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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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