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Behavioral Congruency

The idea of Behavioral Congruency is not a new one but it is one that is based on sound logical principles. In mathematics the word congruent means something that is exactly the same size and shape. Therefore in terms of … Continue reading

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Piecing Together the Karate Jigsaw Puzzle

As a young kid I used to enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles. Like any other person who has put together a jigsaw puzzle, I soon figured out that I had to create a system to understand the mass of jumbled and … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Keeping a Training Diary

Most Shotokan practitioners would probably agree that one of the hardest things to do in karate is to get to class consistently and to train regularly.  Despite all of the trials and tribulations of learning the mechanics and execution of … Continue reading

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Five Simple Tips for Making Each Lesson Different

Often one of the biggest challenges for a martial arts instructor is coming up with different ways to present the same material and create varied lessons each week.  Finding a good balance between teaching the required content and making your … Continue reading

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The Importance of Having a Beginner’s Mind

As a karate instructor or high-level practitioner of the martial arts it is often useful to remember where we came from and how we got to where we are.  Our journeys were not always easy and our students deserve to … Continue reading

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The Three Ks of Karate

The education system often talks about the ‘Three Rs’ of Reading Writing and Arithmetic. To a casual observer, one might say that the education system was flawed from the very beginning by the fact that it can’t spell! In Karate, … Continue reading

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Effective Lesson Planning for Karate Instructors

This article deals with the very important aspect of lesson planning. Just as school teachers need to plan their lessons, I feel that karate instructors should also plan their lessons. After several years of teaching experience the planning process naturally … Continue reading

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What is Karate really all about?

This question seems like a very innocent and fun type of question to try and answer but the truth is that it is not an easy question to answer at all. “What is karate really all about?” Is it about … Continue reading

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