Formed Out Of Our Quest for
Constant and Never-Ending Improvement
Kaizen is an attitude of “improvement” and particularly, “Continuous Improvement”– slow, incremental, but constant improvement.
Kaizen was created in Japan following World War II. The word Kaizen comes from the Japanese words (“kai”) which means “change” or “to correct” and (“zen”) which means “good”.
Our Kaizen approach to coaching our fitness athletes focuses on continuous incremental improvement. When applied to our fitness programs, the Kaizen attitude continually improves all aspects of the clients life. By improving standardized activities and processes, our Kaizen attitude aims to guide each client through the awkwardness of being a beginner to being the most proficient advanced training machine.
“We Are Products Of The Process”
What Am I Learning?
This cycle we are working on the kata Empi.
The distinctive motion of this kata is an upper level attack following which one grasps the opponents and draws him inward, simultaneously jumping in and attacking again. the movement resembles the up and down and flipping away flight of a swallow.
“A LEADER IS ONE WHO KNOWS THE WAY, GOES THE WAY AND SHOWS THE WAY.”
~JOHN C. MAXWELL ~
“LEADERS AREN’T BORN THEY ARE MADE. AND THEY ARE MADE JUST LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, THROUGH HARD WORK. AND THAT’S THE PRICE WE’LL HAVE TO PAY TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL, OR ANY GOAL.”
– VINCE LOMBARDI –
“THE QUALITY OF A LEADER IS REFLECTED IN THE STANDARDS THEY SET FOR THEMSELVES.”
– RAY KROC –
“BE SOMEBODY WHO MAKES EVERYBODY FEEL LIKE A SOMEBODY.”
– KID PRESIDENT –
This cycle we are learning about leadership. The word leadership can bring to mind a variety of images. For example: a political leader pursuing a personal cause, an explorer cutting a path through a jungle for his group to follow or an executive developing a company’s strategy to beat the competition. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build a vision and create something new. Martial arts allows children to become leaders by stepping up in classes and taking on that role whether they are leading warm ups, helping lower belt ranks practice or setting a good example on how to reach goals.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Set a good example. By allowing your children to see how well you balance your business and personal roles, you will teach your children accountability through your leadership skills as a parent.
Encourage team activities. Identify your children’s interests and encourage them to participate in group activities. Children learn valuable lessons about teamwork from group challenges.
Emphasize perseverance. Learning how to handle failure is something some of the best leaders can do. It is important to let your children experience disappointment rather than protect them from it. They will learn to handle loss and move forward when the other team wins or someone else is elected class president.
Help with decision making skills. Children should learn how to make good decisions early on in life. Children can become overwhelmed with too many choices, so be sure to narrow it down to 2-3. Teach your children to weigh the pros and cons of each option before making a decision. This will help lead them to make the right decision in everyday life.
Practicing confident communication skills. When you go out to eat at a restaurant, allow your children to order their food and speak directly to the servers to help build their confidence in communicating.
Find a mentor. Mentors can be invaluable when you can find someone that is accomplished in the area which your child expresses interest.
Teach your children it is important to never quit or give up and to fulfill their commitments in life.
LEADERSHIP IS THE ABILITY TO INSPIRE OR INFLUENCE OTHERS TOWARDS A VISION. LEADERS CREATE A VISION, MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE OTHERS AND HELP COACH PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE THAT VISION.
The best thing about leadership is that it can be learned through all of our life skills.
“LEADERS AREN’T BORN THEY ARE MADE. AND THEY ARE MADE JUST LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, THROUGH HARD WORK. AND THAT’S THE PRICE WE’LL HAVE TO PAY TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL, OR ANY GOAL.” ~VINCE LOMBARDI~
It is great to have a vision and a dream, but you must set goals in order to achieve that dream and that vision. What separates “wanna-bes” from leaders is that leaders set goals and take the action necessary to achieve their dreams. They make a commitment to make a difference, and they live out that commitment. As people like to say, they walk the walk, not just talk the talk. If your goal is to become a certified instructor, involve other people in that goal by having higher ranks critique your form, asking other students to help you practice, getting feedback from your instructors and keeping your goals public so others can help you achieve them.
Ask Your Child:
Do your leaders have big dreams? If so, what are they?
Name one goal you have that you have made public so others can help you achieve it?
What can you do to communicate better?
The information you need for testing.
Testing and Graduation are an important part of a students Martial Arts training. Just as in academic school we have regularly scheduled tests. It is nearly impossible to “fail” a test, however the if the minimum attendance requirements are not met the student will not be eligible to move on. Any student may come to any class for their test. We are hoping that this should help in the event that you are unable to make your regularly scheduled class time you may come to any class. In case you have forgotten: Here’s the schedule, on both Wed. & Thurs. we have classes @ 3:30, 4:15, 5:00, 5:45 or 6:30. We also have graduation ceremonies on the Saturdays after testing. These special classes are a must to recieve your new belt. They are held on Saturdays and last only 45 minutes. See the student handbook for the time it takes to earn a new belt. Your student Qualification Code also has your testing and graduation dates on them. Due to the advanced notice you are given no make-ups are allowed. In the event of a conflict we will work with you within one week of recieving your qualification code.