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 »

Stop Bullies… By Not Being One

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club It was the 9th grade at my all-boys school many years ago. I don’t remember many things, but this one incident, I remember quite well… A classmate was returning to his desk from getting his graded paper from the teacher. A confident young man, good in sports,… Read more »

Chasing Trophies Or Chasing Excellence?

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club I love the Brighton’s Trash Bash. After more than 20 years living here, I’ve accumulated so much junk, sometimes it is a joy to throw some old stuff out. As I rummaged through boxes of stuff, I picked up this heavy shoe box that clinked and clanked… 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 »

Karate, Not Just Kicking & Punching

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club Zig Ziglar used to say: “You can get everything in life you want, if you can help enough other people get what they want.” Last month, I was reminded of that quote by the mother of one of my students, Ms. Petersen. While I usually like to… 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 »