Christmas Gratitude

Onegaishimasu Parents and students, I wanted to share this very touching story about another family’s Christmas tradition. Sharing this letter with you, has become a tradition of mine because I feel it touches on the true sprit of the season and reminds us to live every minute of our lives with passion and gratitude…..Our time here is precious Please read this with your family. It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas - oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspe

“Strong and Kind”

Onegaishimasu Parents and Students, A common question I get from parents is….. “If my child learns karate, I am afraid they will get more aggressive and use it on their siblings?” I always tell parents they may be quite surprised when the opposite happens! Here’s why. At Keiko Dojo we believe in raising children that are both kind and strong! You may also notice that “kindness” is one of the character traits of a black belt. It is significant that the word “Strong” comes before the word “Kind”. But this is how it works. It takes Strength and Courage to be kind and compassionate. If you are in the state of fear or weakness you cannot be kind. As a matter of fact, all children behave the w

Is your child mentally tough?

Hello Parents, After many years working closely with parents and educators, one observation has really struck me more and more with time. We need to develop much, much stronger kids! Not necessarily physically stronger. What I am referring to is that mental toughness, and resilience, which enables our children to power through adversity and independently problem solve without emotional devastation…To not quit at the first sign of resistance, or to look for and do the things that are difficult. A great example was this past weekend watching our Jr. students grade for their Black Belts. More specifically at the end of the grading as each student struggled and pushed through the spirit traini


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