Building Confident Children

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club “I just don’t get it,’’ complains Sam after trying, unsuccessfully to execute a combination of techniques at Karate class. I look at him a bit puzzled and say: “That’s OK, that’s why you are here, to learn it, and I am here to help you. Plus, this… Read more »

Seek Perfection Of Character

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Offerd by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club At our Karate school, just as with most Traditional Karate dojos, students recite the Dojo-Kun, or “rules of the training hall”, at the end of class. The Dojo Kun begins with the phrase “Seek Perfection of Character.” So this past week I asked our newer students what… Read more »

Becoming a Black Belt

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club Every so often someone walks up to me and asks, “Hey Sensei, how long does it take to get a black belt?” Tongue in cheek I reply, “with my Amazon Prime, if I order within 45 minutes, probably by Wednesday before 8 pm.” Then I follow it… Read more »

The “No Excuses” Super Power

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“What is the First Rule?” I ask my Karate students before I begin explaining a drill. They reply in unison: “When Sensei is speaking, we listen.” I smile then follow it up: “Right, and what is the Second Rule?” They again reply: “When Sensei tells me something, the reply is: “Oss Sensei” (“Oss Sensei” is… Read more »

Diary of an Angry Kid

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier, Colorado Karate Club “Ya Me Puse Furioso” – Now I am Furious! Was my battlecry, which my brothers coined off me, as I got ready to unleash my fury on them. Yeah, I was an angry kid. One of my first memories from the first grade is of me rolling on… Read more »

A Better Way to Say Thank You!

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club As I come into the Karate school the students file in for their lessons. One of my young students, Lincoln, walks into the school with his mom and we greet each other; he walks toward me with a postcard in his hand and says: “Here Sensei… “… Read more »

Building Confident Children

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier, Colorado Karate Club “I just don’t get it”, complains Jonathan after trying, unsuccessfully to execute a takedown at Karate class. I look at him a bit puzzled and say: “That’s OK, that’s why you are here, to learn it, and I am here to help you. Plus, this is the first… Read more »

That Didn’t Go Quite As I Had Planned

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club It feels like slow motion, that moment, when I’m throwing this long, high round kick and realize – too late – that I went just a bit too far… My base foot loses traction and there I go, flying first, then plopping onto the ground with a… Read more »

When I Get Old…

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club “When I get old, I want to be like Grandma,” said one of my daughters as we sat chatting around the dinner table. My daughters were (and still are) amazed at my mother’s vitality and active lifestyle. You see, she had her 70th birthday just a few… Read more »

While Time Is On Your Side

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club Like most of you, I am the type of person that if asked, will tell you that “family comes first.” There is nothing more important I would say. And yet, there are those times that make one reflect, that hit you upside the head to make you… Read more »