Monday, July 25, 2016

KOHAI (Eager Student)

KOHAI (Eager Student)

The practice of Martial Arts is deep in tradition and teaches us many terms, titles and customs that have been proven to lay a solid foundation for becoming a strong Black Belt Champion. One of the most important benefits of training is the powerful relationship and bond between a student and their teacher. (SENSEI)

Martial Arts relationships always begin and end with respect. It is an age old custom to always show respect and appreciation toward each other. The term KOHAI, to us, means eager student, someone who strives to be their best and demonstrates a lot of enthusiasm toward their Martial Arts training.

Karate Kids should always show an eager attitude at the dojo, at home and at school. This positive and excited mindset will bring out their best in all areas.

Adult Peak Performers should show their eagerness in the dojo, as well as in their professional and personal lives. It’s a great way to bring out the best in yourself and others. It’s better to be the person that brightens the room when you enter-versus when you exit.

Black Belt Champions at all ages, stages and levels should forever remain a KOHAI. It’s one thing to get excited about your training, staying excited for the long haul will bring you to greatness in all areas of life.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


KAIZEN is a Japanese business philosophy that describes the mindset of always striving to make gradual and steady progress. This is one of the reasons Japan's economy became so strong after World War II.
Great Black Belt Champions are really modern day KAIZEN WARRIORS, because they are always aiming to improve their knowledge, their skills and their conditioning. They are always seeking the next level of progress and growth.

The ancient Samurai Warrior were well known for their practice of KAIZEN. A constant effort to improve their fighting skills and abilities, empty hand combat, weaponry, horsemanship and any other areas that could make them more effective and increase their odds of victory in the battlefield. Any improvements, even tiny little incremental gains could save their lives in the various situations they may encounter.

KAIZEN can easily be applied in modern times, especially in the dojo. By engulfing this philosophy, it will allow all of us to continue to enjoy and share the many benefits of a positive, progressive and well-disciplined learning environment. Anyone can become a KAIZEN WARRIOR, provided they are truly committed to making steady improvements, in every aspect of their life. Becoming a great Black Belt Champion in and out of the dojo leads to becoming a better overall person. When this happens…everyone Wins!

Think about one or two areas you could improve that could really make a difference in your progress and growth. Once you pinpoint these, you need to set a goal to take immediate action until you make it habit.

Then you repeat the process again and again until the process become habit.

This is how your become a modern day KAIZEN WARRIOR.