You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” – Michelle Obama

Good Afternoon,

It feels surreal that we are at the one-year mark of Covid. Starting in March 2020 with only feeling we will need to cancel the March break camps… to OK we are closed till Easter….well maybe the end of April… and here we are a full year later.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. As we went from classes to no classes, to online, hybrid, drive-through belt presentations, curriculum adjustments, and social distancing black belt gradings you were right there with us. As we were pivoting, adjusting, and making it up as we went along the support and flexibility from all of you was what kept us going.

The academic lessons at the dojo are just as, if not more important than the physical. Our platform has been built on the “inner geography”: mindset, beliefs, values, and character. We may join for the physical training, but it is the philosophy that keeps us for a lifetime. And if there was ever a time where we needed these lessons, it was now.

As the virtual classes provided a surprisingly great means of training, we also knew it would have its gaps. Once we were in this for the long haul, we leaned heavily into what we felt we all would need more of during this time. So, resilience, centering, perspective-shifting, mental agility, focus, and breath work became an even larger part of the teaching curriculum.

Use your classes to create momentum and stay anchored in the mindset we need to weather the storm.

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

Haruki Murakami

As we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel please continue to connect with the dojo, your fellow students, and us in virtual classes so we can all hit the ground running when we are once again able to train face to face.

Looking forward to seeing you online and face to face real soon.

Your Senseis

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