Qualities of a Champion
Focus and Teamwork:
This month's quality of a champion is focus, which is denoted on the students belt by achieving a black stripe. Regardless of age, Focus is one of the most important things that anyone can learn and honestly, even as adults, we can all probably improve our focus. It’s a major part of what we teach and develop here at Lebanon Isshinryu Karate. “Kime” is a Japanese word that is used to describe focus. If you think of how a magnifying glass focuses light into a single point, that’s it. “Kime” pronounced Key-May, is when everything comes together at the same time, at the same place. It’s one of the concepts that martial artists all over the world work to develop in their practice. An individual's ability to focus on a subject directly effects their ability to be successful in that subject. So with little focus, there is a small chance of success. This applies to kids at school, the information they are able to retain and coincidentally to the grades they are able to achieve. As adults our focus can affect our career, hobbies, sports and even our family life. With better focus, we achieve better results.
In conjunction with our attention on focus this month we will also be discussing the concept of teamwork. Teamwork is working together to achieve a goal, which in order to be effective all members of the team needs to do their part and be respectful. When a team comes together, great things can happen. In our class we use teamwork to help each other get better at new skills. If you play sports you can use teamwork to win a game. When you work together as a team there really is no limit on what you can achieve. It is very important to learn and understand how to be a team player.