Pushing Brighton Forward

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club Back in the 1980’s in Lima-Peru, my brothers and I used to ride two buses for an hour each way to school.  These were old buses, packed to several times the maximum capacity of people, with bodies hanging out of the door, and exuding the most… Read more »

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells… aaahh Bah Humbug!

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club Yeah, that’s me in the weeks before Christmas. My wife thinks I’m a sort of Grinch who doesn’t enjoy the Christmas spirit, and maybe she’s right. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Christmas, I am just annoyed at the constant noise,  ashing lights, crazy shopping,… Read more »

Paralyzed by Fear or Driven by Courage

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club It was the Summer of 2008 at the National Karate Championship in Houston, TX. I was fighting in the open weight division against another member of the National Karate Team. He was about a foot taller and about 30 lbs heavier than me. With time running out,… Read more »

Bullyproof or bully-target

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club At 5 feet 7 inches I am not a big guy, I’ve never been. Some folks say: “I was really tall for my age when I was a kid”. Well, that was never me. My parents were short, my brothers were short, and I’ve always been short…. Read more »

Recharge – Reassess – Redouble

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club Getting Off The Wash Machine – Wow, sometimes I feel like we’ve been thrown into a washing machine, shaken up, tumbled, then spun around a few times for good measure. In this whirlwind of the past 4 months, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of where… Read more »

Where is Your Joy? Really?

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club I don’t know how many times I have put on a Karate uniform in my life, and over the past forty some years I’ve gone through so many Karate uniforms and belts that I’m sure I could fill rooms with them. Now, I’m not a touchy-feely kind… Read more »

“Be Like Mike”

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club You probably don’t know Mike, and that’s OK, I didn’t know him that well either. We met a handful of times at one of his jewelry stores where we recently discussed a business deal. One could say that Mike’s just a regular guy, aside from his ever-present… Read more »

What Does It Take To Be Happy?

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club It is a week before rank testing and seven year old Cayden just learned that he is eligible to test for his green belt. After class he runs to his mom and exclaims: “Mom, I’m testing for my green belt, all my hard work has paid off!”… Read more »