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The Karate Students ~

a story about learning to be great

reblogged from … Darren Poke   (Better Life Coaching Blog)

Darren’s blog is filled with stories that will enhance your life through lesson tales.  

excerpt; his…..  ” personal development blog is written by an experienced Life Coach to equip, encourage and inspire people to take meaningful action and make a positive difference in the world.”


There were once two children who attended a large karate dojo.

They were both keen to improve their martial arts skills and impress their sensei.

Every time their sensei barked an instruction something interesting would happen.

The first child would immediately respond with what he thought was the right thing to do.  He would jump into a position and act according to his understanding of the instruction.

The second child would hesitate and watch everyone else to see what the right thing to do was.  He waited until they were all in position and then copy them.

As a result of their default responses something happened that defined how competent they got at karate and more importantly how they responded to life.

By acting immediately, the first child made a lot of mistakes.  He stood out from the rest and often had to be corrected by the instructor.  Sometimes, the other children would laugh at his errors.

By watching everyone else, the second child made no mistakes.  He conformed to the rest of the class and needed no correction.  No-one ever laughed at him.

The first child was undaunted.

He continued to respond immediately to the sensei and over time, his mistakes became less and less. He went from needing to be corrected the most, to being praised the most and he soon progressed through the different belts.

The second child remained hesitant.

He was always on the lookout for what everyone else did and as a consequence didn’t learn about karate, but about copying others.  He faded into the background and his progress was much slower as he became less instinctive about martial arts and more concerned with the opinion of others.

If you want to be truly great at anything, let me encourage you to be more like the first child.

Elite performers are wired for action, aren’t afraid to make mistakes and listen to their mentors.

Average performers procrastinate, are more concerned about the opinion of others and would rather conform to the crowd than bring unnecessary attention to themselves.

Be elite.

Jump into action and stand out from the crowd.


food for thought… from Art~

 I remember when I took martial arts from Master Sharpe, he would always pair me up with Mr. Burdett, an ex-marine to do ‘Hol-sin-sols’ (one step sparring). Mr Burdett would hit hard (perhaps not as hard as he could but with great force) and he would tell me, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen… this is not a sewing class!”

When I have gotten into confrontations, (with my profession (prison guard) and like the other day…) when I get hit, I often think, these punches I recieve are nothing compared to Mr. Burdett’s. He prepared me for the real thing, what life was really going to throw at me. Of course the best way to take a punch is to not be there.

To be a great martial artist one must learn to heal others, for hurting someone is easy.


Art Campbell 2003

may your day be filled with peace and harmony


“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” ~Heraclitus



the one in one hundred warrior award

…by Miro Warrior Poet Wisdom, an icon for being a peaceful warrior

(please click the link above and read Miro’s post of what a warrior is … for I have never heard it said any better, For Miro is truly a one in one hundred warrior)

Bows (~_~) Humble

~I am truly honored~

excerpt from Miro~ …Courage. Honesty. Fearlessness. Grace. Peace. Service to others. No complaints. Nothing thought of as a blessing or a curse; everything simply accepted as another challenge to be conquered.


Miro~ You have no idea how moved I am. I have had a very trying week. I have had to pull together some of my own advice in order to endure physical and mental challenges this week. I came home this week (one night) with one arm covered in orange (COP) and the other covered in blood. My wife freaked out till I told her, “It was not my blood!”

My work has its challenges to say the least. The next day at work, I had celebrity status, every one making comments of how I was a hero, Bruce Lee, or Jackie Chan, I simply couldn’t take credit and stated, “It was nothing… really!” Which is the truth. The truth is you hone your self for years so that when the one day comes you can put your training into effect. A warrior may stand a post for weeks and wait… till the one day when action is called for and you place your life on the line because it is the right thing to do. The truth is you re-act rather than act. thank you Miro~ this came at a time when I truly felt like a warrior and continued to contemplate that peace was what was needed and stepped in to obtain that peace by saving another.

Way of the peaceful warrior.

bows (~_~) humble


Once an author is given the award, they may continue nominating one new blog author once a week, month, year… or whatever seems appropriate. It’s like a knight’s ability to bestow knighthood onto another whenever they choose. But only one at a time. The patience of a warrior is required.

Guidelines for the 1-in-100 Warrior Award: Warriors are not motivated by awards or fame. They see awards not as an opportunity for the ego to rejoice, but rather an opportunity to honor other warrior brothers and sisters. To acknowledge and honor the rarity of the warrior, it is recommended that the recipient passes this award on to only *one* other blogger that they feel goes above and beyond to serve and inspire others, and who maintains their grace and positivity even in the face of difficult challenges, such as health issues, tragedy, injustice or loss.

My nomination for the One in One Hundred award is…

Sensei White

of…Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu Karate-Do

Sensei White teaches others how to defend them self. Teaching Karate is a part of his life but being a part of the community and country is where his heart is. If you were to read his blog that offers insightful information on self-defense and what to watch for in order to keep yourself safe. I encourage readers to take some time and read this man’s words. His blog is heart-felt and enlightening to what a great instructor of Karate is and should be. I had a Karate studio for years… (Inner Spirit Martial Arts… Jefferson, Texas) and I know what dedication it takes to take on such an endeavor. He opens his heart and studio to others because he cares, not for profit. But because it is what true martial arts is all about.

Bows (~_~) Humble to Sensei White,

a one in one hundred warrior.

With Great Strength A Kind Heart Is Forged.


Zendictive, was awarded the Liebster Blog award

by Sensei White

(excerpt)  ….   My nominees in no particular order:

1. zendictive Very much wisdom and entertaining reads because Zen IS addictive.

bows (~_~) humble

thank you!

The guidelines for the Liebster Blog Award:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogsphere – other bloggers.
5. And, best of all – have fun and spread the karma.

nominating five bloggers

1) Cat Foresly (wisdom commons)

2) glutenvygirl

3) artjen1971

4) annedearle

5) ntexas99

I encourage readers to check out these blogs and absorb the wonders of their words and whole hearted blogs.

have a zen filled day


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