Thought for the Week
By William Kolbert
Westport Karate Club
Raising The Level
There is a saying that Karate is 90% mental and 10% physical. I would like
to focus on one example of this mental training. What does it mean to raise
the level and how do we accomplish this?
Each time one of us steps onto the deck we must strive to be aware of the
energy level that surrounds us. If we notice that the other deshi are waiting
for class to start by greeting one another or loosely stretching, we should
find one of our training partners and start practicing Kata. Once the class
has started every deshi should be looking to raise the level of energy on
the deck as opposed to allowing us to be pulled up by the rest of the class.
Once you have a class where everyone is trying to raise the classes level
we each feed off of each other's energy and "sparks fly." This is a feeling
that we all have experienced during our training. While we always have an
instructor who is formally leading the class, we also are constantly passing
the leadership of the class to one another. We do this in many ways: the
way we line up, the way we demonstrate courtesy to one another during a given
class, the way each of us count as the count moves from deshi to deshi, as
well as through the vocalization of our kiai.
Challenge yourself to lift the level of the class.
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