Character, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will talk together about how our ongoing practice of the martial arts helps us develop the habits that are the foundation of our qualities of Character.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Habits change into character.” — Ovid (Classical Roman Poet;  full name Publius Ovidius Naso)…

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Character, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about cultivating a positive attitude and optimistic outlook as part of our Character.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson (Poet and Essayist) Having…

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Character, week 2

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the role of Character in achieving the goal of earning our black belt.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success…

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Parent Letter for May 2017: Character

Our in-class discussion topic for May 2017 will be Character.  This month’s Parent Letter will give you further information about our topic.  It will also allow you to follow along with our in-class lessons, so that when you discuss Character with your family at home, we will all be talking about this in the same…

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Character, week 1

We are starting a new discussion topic this week, Character.  During our lessons this week, we will talk about the basic meaning of Character.  Our in-class discussion lesson follows below: “Knowledge will give you power, but character will earn you respect.” — Bruce Lee (author, teacher, actor) Character:  qualities of honesty, courage, and integrity;  good…

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Confidence, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will talk about learning Confidence in ourselves through our accomplishments.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”  — Thomas Carlyle (philosopher, historian, teacher) When we talk about “self-confidence”, in part what we mean is our personal belief in our own…

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Confidence, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about communicating our Confidence to other people by using our body language.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Body language is a very powerful tool.  We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is…

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Confidence, week 2

During our lessons this week, we will talk about developing our Confidence in ourselves through our accomplishments in karate.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt (1st Lady of the U.S., 1932-1945) Our self-confidence is our feeling of trust in…

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Confidence, week 1

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the basic meaning of Confidence, and how this relates to our earlier discussion of Commitment.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller (teacher and author)…

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Parent Letter and Study Guide for April 2017

Here are your Parent Letter, and Kid Kicks Study Guide for April 2017.  Our in-class discussion topic for April will be Confidence.  Please follow the links below to download your .pdfs of both of these. Parent Letter:  Parent Letter April 2017 Kid Kick Study Guide:  Kid Kick April 2017

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