It means being genuine, say what you mean and mean what you say.
We teach our students about being real not fake. Have they ever had someone act like their friend when they really weren’t.it makes you feel bad, because you are being lied too.
So sincerity is meaning what you say. That means you tell the truth and if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all
We need to act and talk with sincerity, in order for people to trust us. People who aren’t trustworthy find it harder to keep friends, because people do not like being lied to. We use the example of the boy who cried Wolf in this lesson. Be sincere in your actions and words
Courage means valour, to be brave. Courage is not the absence of fear, but going on in spite of it. We teach our students that having courage doesn’t mean we’re not afraid of anything. Everybody is afraid of something. But there are times in life where you are scared but have to do something anyway. We give the example of firemen and women, of course they are afraid but they still go into burning buildings, to save people. Which is very important job.
Sometimes we have to do things in life that are important even though we are scared. But often after we do them we find they weren’t that scary or we overcame our fears.. Tests, speaking in public flying are all examples.
There is a difference between being brave and being foolish. Accepting dares, that will get you hurt or in trouble, is not brave but stupid. Standing up to your friends takes more courage then standing up to your enemies.
Fear can make us stronger, faster, smarter. If we learn to channel it.
Lesson 1: 3-5 minute ‘mat chat’.
We explain that growth means to flourish, to always keep learning and improving, in life not just in the dojo. We explain there are 3 ways to grow: In Body; In Mind; and In Heart.
Lesson 1 is on the body. We need three things for our bodies to grow big and strong.
1 Good healthy food. Why and what is healthy food?
2 Exercise: Why and how many hours per week?
3 Sleep: How much per night? Why is sleep important?
We then talk about the things that harm our bodies, junk food, smoking, drinking, illegal drugs.
Please remember to ask your child what they learnt after the class.
We can grow in life in body, mind and heart. To grow in mind we teach our students to study hard in school and the dojo. Reading is a great source of learning and expanding their minds. Knowledge is power is a saying we use in the club. The more knowledgeable you have the more control you will have over your life, and the power to be anything you want to be in life.
To grow in the heart requires being a better person. Being nice and treating others the way you’d like to be treated. This refers back to out first word of the week. COURTESY.
Karate begins and ends with courtesy. This is an old karate saying.
Courtesy means formal politeness, or treating others the way you want to be treated. This is the golden rule. We express that courtesy evetytime we bow, or use our 7 courtesy words like please and thank you. Give example of using courtesy and also a situation where someone does not use courtesy.
Review previous class.Karate begins and ends with Courtesy. We show courtesy by bowing. Courtesy is treating others the way you would like to be treated. We teach 7 courtesy words and encourage our students to use them at home.
7 courtesy words are
Excuse Me and Sorry all also mentioned as other courtesy words.
We encourage students to use these words at home. Parents should encourage this too.
When we train in our dojo we have some rules. But the purpose of these rules is not to make everyone the same, but to allow each student to express their own self more freely.
Take Yoi or ready stance as an example. Standing feet shoulder width apart, hands clenched loosely, unmoving looking straight ahead. This ready stance allows movement in all direction and all poosibilities exsist. A shy person is able to stand and learn confidence in this posture, while a loud or arrogant person can stand and express humility. Both students training the same thing from different ends of the spectrum.
Other traditions like wearing the traditional suits, allows students to feel a part of a club, which they associate with the emblem on the chest. It also makes everyone the same, not male or female, rich or poor, only their belt around their waist gives them any rank.
The japanese system is based on a junior – senior relationship. With the Sensei (Instructor) as the head of the family, with senior (Sempai) members acting as older brothers/sisters to their junior (Kohai) lower graded members. Senior students instuct junior students under the watchful eye of their Sensei. Senesi should always be referred to as such, never by their birth name, this is a matter of humility, courtesy and respect.. Respect is paramount in the martial arts and your Sensei has travelled further down the path you’re on. He is there to guide you over the obstacles they have already conquered.
Bowing is a act of humility and respect. It is not religious but an act of humility. Does your ego refuse to allow you to show respect to yourself or others. Bowing is showing respect to your dojo, thank a training partner for allowing you the chance to improve, or bowing to your own potential to reach your authentic self, and sometimes recognising the difference in rank between yourself and who you’re bowing too.
Kohoro is spirit, the mental, physical and spiritual intent put into every technique. It is the emotional weight behind your technique, emotional but controlled emotion, never anger, negativity or despair. This is not achieved over night but takes years i of correct training to reach that level.
Maai is the distance between you and your opponent. .Those that control the distance control the encounter. The goal is to put your opponent in a weakened position while you maintain a position of strength. In Wado Ryu this is a vital aspect. We use deflection, evasion, body shifting and entering techniques to achieve this. Being in harmony with our opponent we can use their force against them, to defeat or frustrate them. If your opponent goes up, we go down, if the move left, we move right, when they attack directly, we move in circles, when they attack in circular action, we use angles to enter directly.
Maai does not only refer to your opponent but also your surroundings. Be in harmony with your surrounding, force your opponent into obstacles or uneven ground, have the sun behind you etc. Maai refers to the harmony of your surroundings when not in conflict, this needs to be studied to understand. But a simple example is, there is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.