Many things take place in the dojo. At a surface level, we learn how to punch, kick, block. We learn kata, bunkai, kumite, kobudo, nage waza. We make lifelong friendships.
We challenge ourselves to refine our techniques a little more with each lesson to achieve greater levels of mastery. We step up into leadership roles to help others. And the list goes on and on and on.
Underlying all of what we do in the dojo, we are always offered a choice:
1. To explore only the surface level, or
2. To go deeper and allow Karate to transform other areas of our lives.
It is probably quite obvious to many that we choose to go deeper into our studies to further simplify not only our technique but also our lives in order to reveal even better versions of ourselves in all that we do. We may not be where we want to be, but we are so grateful for how far we have come.
When it comes to parenting, our time in the dojo has been instrumental in shaping our parenting style and will continue to do so for years to come. When you care deeply about your children, it’s amazing what length you’ll go to in order to give them the best start in life possible. I don’t need to tell you this though.
When you read this piece, I hope that you also see our leadership style shine through and the depths that we travel to bring you the best versions of ourselves to you and your family. We thank you for being on this journey with us and we thank you for your patience, as we are first to admit that we are not perfect and still have much to learn!