With this being the month of Halloween, I thought it would be good to focus on fear. This time of the year always produces new Hollywood scary movies like”IT” and other disturbing clown costumes are made for trick or treating. I am hoping that all our students will have a fun a safe Halloween. But I wanted to use this day to ask you what your fears in martial arts are? Is it failing your next grading? Perhaps it is the thought of doing your kata in front of others or at a tournament. Maybe you dread doing kumite or sparring in class or at a tournament. Whatever your fear, consistent training in these areas can help you through these fears.
Psalms 23:4 (KJV) 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
In the above verse, King David of Israel is describing his trust in the Lord. David was not only king, but he was an accomplish warrior for the Lord leading the armies of Israel. But even David had times that he feared for his life. But instead of giving up, he trusted the Lord to see him through the darkest times.
In karate, the more you train properly the more confidence you can have in your ability to perform. That is true whether you are training in class, testing for your next belt or competing in a tournament. Even in a tournament where you may be really nervous, consistent proper training will help you overcome your nerves. Where David found comfort in the protection of the Lord, you can have comfort in your training. When I was a police officer for Merriam PD, I had countless hours of training in various aspects of the job. Obviously defensive tactics and firearms was a big part of that training since dealing with bad guys can be inherently dangerous. One of the things that we as officers were always told was to trust our training. Our training was often and rigorous during the academy and in the field when we were back with our departments. The idea was no different than in karate. When a serious situation would happen, the training would take over without thought. If you ever have to use your karate in a real situation outside the dojo or in competition, your heart and adrenaline will be pumping for sure. But if you have properly trained, then you have a better chance of surviving the encounter. But remember, in karate it’s not about whether you win or lose, it is about having a good fight. So, no need to fear, but take comfort in your training.
1. Saturday October 7th from 12 to 2 pm will be the advance workout at Turner for those that are green belt and up. $10.00 drop in fee.
2. Saturday October 14th will be the Turner Days parade and Demo. Speak to Sensei Courtney for details on participating.
3. Saturday October 21st will be the Black Belt workout 12 – 2 pm. ($10 drop in fee)
4. The week of October 23rd through the 28th will be grading week for those eligible. Fees are due at time of grading.
5. Classes at the Pittsburg YMCA and Parkville YMCA will cancelled for Halloween Tuesday Oct. 31st.
6. No advance workout class at Turner on Saturday Nov.4th. Sensei Boyce will be out of town.