Our Academy will be walking in this year’s parade and we are inviting all students, parents and their families and friends to come walk with us. Students must wear their Karate suits over their normal close. The parade starts at 2:30pm so we require anyone walking with us to meet in the car park of Clondalkin Sports and Leisure Centre at 1:45pm for a safety briefing etc and to explain demonstrations. Please support your club, so hope to see u there.

Elite mental programme – Lesson 6
Kohai / Sempai / Sensei

Kohai means junior, whilst Sempai means senior. This relationship is very important in martial arts, making students like family, with everyone having older or younger brothers and sisters. Sempai help Kohai by modelling the correct behaviour, training with them, showing them the correct way to train, under the watchful eye of Sensei. While Kohai watch the Sempai in training to see the sensei’s teaching in practice.

Sensei is often mis translated as teacher or instructor. But it actually means “one who came before”. The one who is further down the way. A good Sensei is a teacher or instructor but a great Sensei is more then that, being a motivator, mentor, parent, psychologists, priest, personal trainer, dietician.

The difference between a student and a Sensei is not personality or skill set it’s flight time, they have thousands more hours on the mats then you. A Sensei has travelled the path your on, he knows the pitfalls and perils, they’ve learnt the lessons your learning, they’ve trained harder then you and climbed the mountain you think you can’t climb. The open secret to success in the martial arts, practice, practice, practice, no mystery to mastery, just flight time