Karate http://karatewest.com Leaders In Personal Achievement Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:16:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 How Martial Arts Can Improve Your Focus http://karatewest.com/focus-martial-arts-improve/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:54:16 +0000 http://karatewest.com/?p=26282 When you think of martial arts, what comes to mind? Is it kicking and punching, jumping and the occasional shouting? Is it controlled breath, proper posture, balance, and accuracy? Oftentimes, martial arts encompass many of these things simultaneously, but towards a goal. For some, that goal is a sense of safety through self-defense technique. Some […]

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When you think of martial arts, what comes to mind? Is it kicking and punching, jumping and the occasional shouting? Is it controlled breath, proper posture, balance, and accuracy? Oftentimes, martial arts encompass many of these things simultaneously, but towards a goal. For some, that goal is a sense of safety through self-defense technique. Some simply want to attain a level of fitness. However, martial arts almost always offer something that people don’t necessarily expect: focus.

This month at Karate West, we celebrate the Life Skill of focus.

It’s no secret that the ability to properly focus our efforts is an invaluable skill. When we set our minds to accomplish something, it is focus that ensures we see it through to the end. Without this skill, our actions might not amount to much at all. Although anyone can make use of learning the benefits of proper focus, those benefits increase exponentially for those who have learned it at a young age.

Some parents might worry that enrolling their children into martial arts could encourage violent behavior, but it’s actually just the opposite! Martial arts aim to teach self-defense, but more importantly they teach responsibility and control. To correctly execute martial arts, one must perform with precision, controlled breath, proper posture, and balance, all of which are vital elements to focus successfully.

Like many physical activities, martial arts require that its students command multiple elements simultaneously in order to continue seeing improvement. Of course, that doesn’t come without regular concentration. We never expect that a beginner student to be able to perform a kata after his/her first session, but through practice these individual elements become easier to manage and an overall life lesson begins to take shape.

The important thing to remember is that martial arts demand mental acuity as much as physical prowess. However, it’s not necessary that any student come to Karate West already in full control of these skills. With time and practice they will form and you will inevitably find the lessons learned in the dojo lending themselves to all aspects of your life.

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Positive Attitude and Its Effects on Your Health http://karatewest.com/positive-attitude-effects-health/ Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:47:33 +0000 http://karatewest.com/?p=26244 One of Karate West’s favorite Life Skills is that of a “Positive Attitude.” This is for a variety of reasons. Not only can this life skill be incredibly influential and encourage success over the course of your life, but there are a variety of health benefits that have been linked to it as well! At […]

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One of Karate West’s favorite Life Skills is that of a “Positive Attitude.” This is for a variety of reasons. Not only can this life skill be incredibly influential and encourage success over the course of your life, but there are a variety of health benefits that have been linked to it as well! At Karate West, we promote self-defense, as well as personal fitness and growth. As part of our mission to help all of our students find the best in themselves, we’ve decided to emphasize the importance of positivity to the quality of your health. With this month’s blog, we will explore just how significant a positive attitude can be on the quality and longevity of your life.

Heart disease is a major killer of adults throughout the world. That’s why one study conducted in 2013 decided to focus on hospital patients affected by the disease to test its hypothesis that there may be a direct effect on the heart in those who expressed more positive attitudes. Researchers analyzed 607 patients, and out of those patients, those who expressed more positivity had a lower risk of death for up to five years. However, as patients who remained positive were also more likely to exercise, researchers were unable to identify positivity as the direct cause of prolonged life. It was concluded that the combination of these factors may have resulted in the patients’ healthier living.

It’s no secret that regular exercise has a wide range of benefits. Our April blog post on the importance of fitness explains that it can provide us with lower blood pressure, stronger bones and muscles, and even a reduced risk of depression or anxiety. What is most exciting about the 2013 study is that it suggests positivity may be just the thing you need in order to get into better shape, and the best part is that you get to feel great doing it too!

Right now, it remains unclear if having a positive attitude is the direct cause of improved health, but there is evidence to show that people who stay positive also exercise more frequently and that the combination of the two can lead to a healthier and longer life. So, the only thing that may be holding you back from your best self could be your outlook on life.

As for how to get on the positivity cycle, you need only take time to do the things that make you happy. Try spending more time with people whose company you enjoy or who are positive influences on your mood. Maybe you might even find a like-minded friend at Karate West.

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A History of Shudokan Karate http://karatewest.com/history-shudokan-karate/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:57:51 +0000 http://karatewest.com/?p=26219 Soon, Karate West will be hosting a Japanese Shudokan Masters Seminar event, during which 10th degree black belt masters Ishida Hanshi and Miyachi Kenji Hanshi will be teaching two different kata. With that event in mind, we thought it would be an appropriate time to explore the historical development of our school of karate. Kanken Toyama’s […]

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Soon, Karate West will be hosting a Japanese Shudokan Masters Seminar event, during which 10th degree black belt masters Ishida Hanshi and Miyachi Kenji Hanshi will be teaching two different kata. With that event in mind, we thought it would be an appropriate time to explore the historical development of our school of karate.

Kanken Toyama’s Okinawa Seitou Karate-Do, also known as ‘Shudokan’ in America, was originally developed by Kanken Toyama when he opened his first dojo in Tokyo on March 20th, 1930. When he established the school, it was called Shu Do Kan, which literally translates to “the hall for the study of the way of karate” or more figuratively translates to “an institution for cultivating the way.”  Thus, its establishment was to discover a more natural and right way to live through the methods taught in karate.

While Shudokan is commonly accepted to be its own school of karate today, Toyama-san never claimed to have invented something new. He was originally a student of Ankō Itosu, the man famed to be responsible for the development of modern karate. Toyama-san always felt that what he taught was merely an extension of Itosu-san’s original form of karate. He once wrote on the topic that “the exquisite skill of karate that is based on self-protection does not need to contain several different ‘styles,’ but a combination of what works or is effective.” As a result of this position, Toyama-san never appointed a successor when he passed away in 1966, ultimately causing the school to take many new forms.

Today, Shudokan karate has developed into a school primarily made up of two systems. First, it includes Kobudo, which is the ‘ancient art’ Okinawan practice of special weapons. It also includes Shorin-ryu, which is known as one of the oldest schools of karate. Although Shudokan borrows much from these schools, there are also many others that it shares similarities with. It was always Kanken Toyama’s intention that Shudokan remain a dynamic school, and its constant variation on other techniques has fulfilled that original desire.

In the United States, the establishment of Shudokan Karate is managed by the American Shudokan Association (ASA), which is based in Yakima, WA. Currently, the ASA boasts over 15,000 members in the Pacific Northwest alone. There is no doubt that the school’s rich history and strong sense of innovation promises that its future will continue to be bright and bold.

For more information on the Japanese Shudokan Masters Seminar, you may visit the registration page.

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Fitness Done Right – Young to Old http://karatewest.com/fitness-children-adults-done-right-young-old/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:16:24 +0000 http://karatewest.com/?p=26116 At Karate West, we celebrate life skills that are most deserving of our attention each month of the year with our Twelve Months to Personal Power. With the nice summer weather quickly approaching, we’ve chosen to recognize April as Fitness month. In honor of that ever-important habit, we thought we’d tell you a little about why getting active is so paramount to lifelong success for children and adults.

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At Karate West, we celebrate life skills that are most deserving of our attention each month of the year with our Twelve Months to Personal Power. With the nice summer weather quickly approaching, we’ve chosen to recognize April as Fitness month. In honor of that ever-important habit, we thought we’d tell you a little about why getting active is so paramount to lifelong success for children and adults.

We take pride in teaching children the merits of quality fitness because those lessons learned early in life will resound with healthy habits far into the future. You may be thinking, “but my child is already active. They hardly ever sit down.” While it’s true that children are naturally disposed to be more active often while running, jumping, kicking, and playing all on their own, that does not necessarily mean that they will be as energetic later in life. At Karate West, we teach that although there are benefits in one exercise session, a healthy discipline in maintaining regular exercise habits is far more beneficial. By establishing those habits early in life, the results can be astounding including a lower risk of blood pressure, stronger development of muscles, bones, and joints, as well as various social and mental advantages. Amongst a higher capacity for learning and self-confidence, those who exercise consistently  will also show reduced risk of depression and anxiety.

With all of that said, it’s important to make children want to be active. Physical activity should be something that they find fun. If your child can associate exercise with something that engages them, it will become an activity that they will gladly take part in, and those happy memories will continue to reinforce the importance of fitness in their future.

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Of course, these experiences do little for overall health if one does not maintain a focus on fitness into adulthood. One of the easiest ways that you can help improve your child’s exercise habits is to lead by example. Even if you were never an active child or adult, that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to get started.

If you’ve never been fit before, you can still benefit from attaining that life goal now. By finding ways to make fitness enjoyable, such as Karate, you will begin to look forward to your next exercise session. You can also be sure that all of the benefits listed for children can still be yours today. Even if you are over the age of 65, the American Academy of Family Physicians says that regular exercise can prevent chronic disease and reduce chances of physical injury. As if that weren’t enough, maintaining your fitness can even improve your overall mood.

Regardless of your age, it’s always a good time to start focusing on your physical fitness. Just remember to find the workout that’s right for you both in how it affects your physicality and how it fulfills your ambitions.

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The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time for Kids – And Why Parents Must Get Their Kids Active http://karatewest.com/dangers-much-screen-time-kids-parents-must-get-kids-active/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:36:37 +0000 http://karatewest.com/?p=26070 Sleep Deprivation There are many dangers of too much screen time for kids, among the most concerning, is sleep deprivation.  Any of us that are addicted to our screens know this. It is a constant struggle to put down the screens and allow our minds to drift off to sleep. But how does this affect […]

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Sleep Deprivation

There are many dangers of too much screen time for kids, among the most concerning, is sleep deprivation.  Any of us that are addicted to our screens know this. It is a constant struggle to put down the screens and allow our minds to drift off to sleep. But how does this affect kids? If you, as an adult, don’t get enough sleep, you’re apt to be less productive at work and may have trouble holding up your eyes as they grow ever heavier throughout the day. However, sleep deprivation is detrimental to children’s developing minds and bodies. The average child requires 10-12 hours of sleep every night; however, the average child only gets 6-8 hours of sleep every night.

Sleep deprivation in children can lead to obesity, short attention spans, crankiness, lack of decision-making skills, lethargy that leads to poor performance at school, and health problems.

Why does screen-time get such a bad rap? The blue light emitted from the screen is interpreted by the body as a signal to wake up. So if a child is interacting with a screen at night, instead of feeling sleepy when it is bedtime the child is more likely to be wide awake, even long after the screen has been shut off.

Obesity

Another one of the dangers of too much screen time for kids is obesity. Screens make you sit. The struggle to keep kids active these days is real! Especially when there are so many screens tempting them to sit and stare for hours. Children have the natural urge to run, jump, and kick, and when this is curtailed they can become over weight.

Vision Problems

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It is actually unknown what kinds of vision problems long-term screen time can create. Though there is no denying it causes strain. There used to be a 20/20/20 rule. Meaning every 20 minutes of screen time you should look away for 20 seconds at something 20 feet away. This may seem an impossible rule to implement, especially when it comes to children.

Loss of Social Skills

There is no secret here, social skills take practice. When a child spends more time in front of a screen than interacting with others their social skill development lags. This can have an effect on them later in life, and impede their ability to form relationships.

Aggression

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When it comes to aggression there have been studies that prove the more time a child spends watching violent TV shows, movies, and/or playing violent videos games the more likely they are to become aggressive. Cut down on the likelihood of this happening by cutting down on screen time.

Getting Your Kids Active

To avoid or curb the dangers of too much screen time for kids, we must get them active! Getting your child to be active at least one hour every day will greatly increase their ability to maintain a healthy weight, and build self-confidence, healthy bones and muscle. Also, it’s fun. They will have a chance to get that extra energy out in a fun and creative way that helps them experience and interact with the world around them.

Why Martial Arts

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First and foremost, it is a way for your child to get active! It is also an activity any child can do. Team sports can be very competitive, and some schools don’t even offer PE anymore. With karate, no child sits on the bench. Each child works at their own level, building their self-esteem and confidence while learning important self-defense skills.  Instructors encourage children to achieve their personal best.

We believe there is no better sport than the martial arts for kids to learn invaluable life skills such as goal setting, perseverance and respect. Parents report that enrolling their child at Karate West has been one of the best decisions they’ve made toward their child’s future. Karate gives kids a leg up in the world.

 

 

 

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Chris Chen http://karatewest.com/chris-chen/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:27:34 +0000 http://karatewest.com//?p=1291 My black belt really makes me who I am today. I tend to be a fun and open guy, and I think that through my training at Karate West, I was able to become more confident about who I am. My black belt also serves as a reminder that I can overcome anything that I […]

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My black belt really makes me who I am today. I tend to be a fun and open guy, and I think that through my training at Karate West, I was able to become more confident about who I am. My black belt also serves as a reminder that I can overcome anything that I put my mind to, and it motivates me to be the best person that I can be. Getting my black belt also taught me how to discipline myself. As I prepared for my black belt test, I learned that there is no gray area to fall between after the test; everything is strictly black or white (pun absolutely intended), and I learned to discipline myself in order to accomplish what I want to do and succeed. And that is what my black belt means to me.

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