Here are some Resolutions for Karate Students for 2012:
- Practice Karate because you enjoy it. If you do so, your happiness will be attainment of the goal you seek.
- Focus on skill and conditioning, rather than rank and titles.
- Try to get a little better every day.
- Ask your Sensei if there is anything you can do to help him (or her).
- Arrive at class early to help set up. Stay late to help put things away.
- Try hard to get better at just one thing this year. If you can do that, you can apply what you learn to other aspects of Karate.
- If you haven't already done so, begin the serious study of body dynamics.
- Pick one junior student at the dojo and make it your mission to help him (or her).
- Be a positive influence in the dojo.
- Be humble.
- Be respectful of and kind to other people (whether they study Karate or not).
- There is no end to improvement in Karate. Remember: not yet, not yet. Mada, mada, mada.
- Try to win a tournament (just joking, unless you view daily life as a tournament).
- Seek to dig deeper rather than climbing higher. The keys are inside you.
- Learn something about other styles of Karate. At a certain point, styles become irrelevant.
- Try to remain calm and focused the next time you are in a dangerous situation, like an earthquake, a hurricane, or a car accident. Be prepared.
- Read a book about Okinawan history and culture.
- If you can afford it, plan a vacation or stopover in Okinawa.
- Don't forget to spend time with and pay attention to your family.
- Apply the principles of Karate in your daily life.
- Enjoy Karate in 2012.
Charles C. Goodin