Focus, week 1

During our lessons this week, we will talk about what Focus is, and an example of how we use this mental skill in our martial arts lessons.  Our in-class discussion topic for this week follows below:

“Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it.”  — Greg Anderson (author)

Focus is our ability to pay close attention to just one thing for a period of time.  It is the mental skill that allows us to maintain our attention and effort on a single task.  Our mental focus helps us to shut out distractions, and overcome setbacks that get in our way.  When we are working with a difficult new technique in our karate lessons, it often helps when we slow it down so that we can really focus on the small details that go into it.  With one of the wrist releases we have been working on together, we focus on details like grabbing our fist, stepping back, and twisting our hips and shoulders to break away.  We don’t just flail around wildly and trust to luck to break our partner’s hold on us.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What is a skill you really have to pay close attention to in our karate lessons?
  2.  What do you think makes this skill particularly difficult to do?
  3.  What is something you have to focus on at school?

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