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With Great Strength A Kind Heart Is Forged.

Many people think that karate is about fighting and learning to defend one’s self. Although that is very true it goes much deeper than that. As the student grows and learns in her art, she also begins to realize her strength and abilities. A person who has trained for some time realizes that when he walks out of the dojo he is a bit different from the people around him. He sees things differently. He is more aware of his surroundings than most people are.

Something else happens as well. As the student progresses and her skill level increases her heart becomes kinder. With confidence growing within, compassion is shown outwardly. We look at those around us and, with no ego involved, an urge to care for them emerges in our soul. This is the way of the warrior. It is instilled within us to defend ourselves. That carries over and we wish to defend others as well.

Most of us are blessed to live in an environment where battle is not a major factor in our every- day lives. We live in a nation with laws and we have very brave men and women who enforce those laws and protect us. Violent acts are certainly committed daily in our country but we are far more fortunate than many others in the world today. We are not constantly faced with defending ourselves or others physically. Yet we train to be prepared because we care about ourselves and others.

So, what to do? Where do we find the balance? How do we express our gentle heart as well as our martial skills? What better way is there to show a kind heart than to perform acts of kindness? In our everyday life we have numerous opportunities to show simple acts of kindness to others.

Here are a few examples or ideas of acts of kindness you can show in your everyday life:

» Say “I love you” to the the people you love

» Hold the door open for the person behind you

» Let someone out in front of you in traffic

» Tip more than 15% especially when your server seems to be having a bad day

» Give something to the homeless (blankets, a jacket, a sandwich)

» Write a thank you note to one of your teachers past or present and let them know how grateful you are for them

» Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while

» Let the person who needs the closer parking spot have it

» Help the elderly and parents with small children

» Smile when you answer the phone

» Thank the men and women in uniform

» Smile and say hello to a complete stranger

» Be kind to animals

» Pick up a check in a restaurant

» Volunteer in your community (hospital, soup kitchen, animal shelter)

» Practice gratitude everyday and simply be kind

  1. October 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    that is why I called my dojo… Inner Spirit Martial Arts
    to forge the inner spirit is as important as forging the body

    (~_~) bows humble~

  2. October 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    hello, Sensei ! !

    What you wrote here is true. They say the more you know you are stronger than anybody else ( or you know you have the skills to defeat anyone who fights you) , the less you are prone to use that strength.

    You know, this reminds me of a Filipino movie that we got to watch years ago. there was one scene where the main guy was confronted by 6 bad guys , all wearing Ninja stuff ( BTW, It was a comedy )……. the main guy pulled out a gun ( I presume it was a semi-automatic) and proceeded to shoot all of them. Aaargh. I don’t know if I should laugh. * sweats*

    • October 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Hi, Ren
      Good to see you.
      Yes that IS funny. Reminds me of Indiana Jones Raiders Of The Lost Ark where the guy with the sword faces Indy down. Indy stands there with his bullwhip, looks at the guy then to his whip, shrugs his shoulders, then pulls out a gun and shoots him. Funny stuff.

      Thank you, as always, for the reply

  1. February 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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