Qualities of a Champion
This month's quality of a champion is intensity, which is denoted on the students belt by achieving a red stripe. Intensity is displayed by the Karate-Ka by outputting great energy, strength, and concentration that results in the student feeling a high degree of emotional excitement. Our Karate-Ka will display their intensity through low-level intensity training, which increases their ability to recover from a workout and overall better fitness, as well as high-level intensity training. Low-level intensity training will overall increase the amount of training a student can commit to. High-level intensity training will increase the students metabolism not just during the workout but also post workout. The marrying of low-intensity and high-intensity workouts this month will help to strengthen the Karate-Ka's heart and confidence as the month progresses.
Coupled with intensity is the idea of competition. Competition is a rivalry between yourself, two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common, usually resulting in a victor and a loser but not necessarily involving the destruction of the latter. We compete in two ways, internally and externally. Developing a healthy habit of competing with yourself is important to pushing through to the next level of performance. When we fail to compete with ourselves we fall risk to becoming stagnant, which can cause the Karate-Ka to burn out and become bored with their training. External competition with fellow Karate-Ka in the dojo or at tournaments helps to encourage the student to push themselves harder and to motivate the student to become a better version of themselves. By externally competing with each other we are working as a team to push the level of karate that we perform to higher levels and standards.