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Habits Equal Identity

Onegaishimasu Parents and students,

You may be familiar with the old success thinking of "Massive results come from Massive Action" And while massive results do come from massive action, I have also learned that the little things we do over time that become our habits and disciplines have a far greater impact on our success.

Success comes from our habits!!! It is your small habits compounding over time that either cause our success or failure in life. Our habits become, disciplines, and this comes from the things we repeatedly do.

Repetition is the key.

Most of us already knew this about habits, but what makes this a life changer is when we truly engrain a habit to the point it becomes a discipline, and transforms into our IDENTITY. It becomes who we are. It becomes the very essence of our being. That’s really what identity and culture are. They are the inevitable result of the many, or few things we do consistently overtime until it becomes who, and what we are.


To that point we now live in a very different world of tighter rules and protocols. I strongly suspect there will be very little margin for deviation regarding safety guidelines in the classroom this year and feel now, more than ever, our children must have the  mental tools necessary to self regulate. Our children must be prepared with the right habits to form the proper disciplines to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond.

**As part of this initiative you may consider getting your child accustomed to wearing their masks more often, and for longer durations. A great tip I learned was from a mom insisting her child wore their mask while they had screen time playing games.

Have them practice Black Belt listener position with their hands on their laps just a little longer each time…..Be patient, but insist on it! Does this mean we sometimes have to make our children do things they do not want to do…YES!

Have you ever seen a child who cannot be told to do anything without whining, complaining, or negotiating?

Our children do not have to like what they are doing all the time, and they do not have to be good at what they are doing either. They just have to learn to trust YOU (and their teachers at school) and just DO IT.

I feel the same goes for us as parents, especially in these difficult times. We don’t always have to like or agree with what is expected of us, however we do have a responsibility as role models to our children and leaders in the community to set a good example.

Repetition is what builds discipline and work ethic. Self discipline and work ethic are just habits. Keiko students always work hard and are highly disciplined.

The reason is this has gone beyond a habit. It has become our IDENTITY! It is the essence of who we are.

We always Start strong.

We always work hard!

We never give up! and…..

We are never afraid to do the reps!!

Have an amazing week, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at the dojo soon.


And your Keiko Team

Keiko Karate – “Actually we do make Ninjas and Superheroes here………………we turn kids into Ninjas and we turn their parents into their superheroes!”

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