Onegaishimasu Parents, and students,
Way to start the New Year strong!! The level of intensity, focus, and respect in your dojo is outstanding to say the least. You have the momentum….Thank you for partnering with us to make this our best restart and Best Year Ever!!
We have a powerful new training theme for the next few weeks ….I Always Stand Tall, Proud, and Strong!
Have you noticed how we get you and your child to repeat certain words and phrases at the dojo so you develop good word habits? These simple phrases are much more powerful than you may think. How many times have you and your child said “Try My Best!” or “I Never Give Up!” at the dojo? Can your child say the student creed by heart yet? How about the words “I love you” and “Thank you”?
Those that have been with us for years have probably said “Try my Best”, “I love you, and Thank You”, and “I Never Give Up!”” hundreds if not thousands of times.
Why? Because we know the “words” and phrases your child uses, and more importantly they repeat most often, have a huge impact on shaping their identity. These words and phrases not only determine what they focus on, but also guide how they think, and behave…They become your child’s identity. Have you ever been around someone that is always negative, complaining, criticizing and blaming? They have just developed a habit and pattern of using certain words and a specific language.
On the other side have you ever known a person that is always upbeat, positive and with a ‘can do’ attitude? The words they use are just a habit also. Here’s where it gets better. Its not only what we say with our words, but what we say with our bodies. Your body language also plays a huge role in create a positive energy and attitude. Chin up, chest up, and a smile with excellent posture can have a huge impact on keeping positive. Our student creed is full of opportunities to practice powerful, positive and strong body language. We will also be showing your child ways to use power poses to reinforce their self image. Hence.... I always stand Tall, Proud, and Strong!!
So what words does your child repeatedly say? Using the right words takes discipline. You can choose the words you use, and your body language. The best way I have discovered is learning to replace negative thoughts or phrases with positive ones. Work hard to never let your child repeat such phrases as “I can’t” or “I hate school.” Instead have them replace those phrases with “Try my Best!” and “I love school!” Help them resist the urge to criticize, complain and blame. Then notice the words they use when they talk about themselves, as this will form their self-image.
So despite all the punching, yelling, and exercise at the dojo, there actually is a method to all this madness. “Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, and….Your habits become your disciplines, Which become your character and your identity!
For the proper development of your child and to help them discover their full and unlimited potential, we believe it really begins with their words....So for your ride home this week notice the words your child uses and repeats. Then notice the words you use. Does your child mirror you? Be the change you want to see in your child, and help them to choose their words wisely.
Have an amazing week
Keiko Karate – “Actually we do make Ninjas and Superheroes here………………we turn kids into Ninjas and we turn their parents into their superheroes!”