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Resolutions for Karate Students for 2012

Here are some Resolutions for Karate Students for 2012:

  1. Practice Karate because you enjoy it. If you do so, your happiness will be attainment of the goal you seek.
  2. Focus on skill and conditioning, rather than rank and titles.
  3. Try to get a little better every day.
  4. Ask your Sensei if there is anything you can do to help him (or her).
  5. Arrive at class early to help set up. Stay late to help put things away.
  6. 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.
  7. If you haven't already done so, begin the serious study of body dynamics.
  8. Pick one junior student at the dojo and make it your mission to help him (or her).
  9. Be a positive influence in the dojo.
  10. Be humble.
  11. Be respectful of and kind to other people (whether they study Karate or not).
  12. There is no end to improvement in Karate. Remember: not yet, not yet. Mada, mada, mada.
  13. Try to win a tournament (just joking, unless you view daily life as a tournament).
  14. Seek to dig deeper rather than climbing higher. The keys are inside you.
  15. Learn something about other styles of Karate. At a certain point, styles become irrelevant.
  16. 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.
  17. Read a book about Okinawan history and culture.
  18. If you can afford it, plan a vacation or stopover in Okinawa.
  19. Don't forget to spend time with and pay attention to your family.
  20. Apply the principles of Karate in your daily life.
  21. Enjoy Karate in 2012.
Thank you for reading this blog and for your kind words and support. I continue to work on myself.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin