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  • A Word on Testing

    By ShawnieAFK | In Discipline, Kids & Children | on February 10, 2018

    I’m frequently asked “When will little ‘Johnny’ test?” I have many thoughts on testing but never enough time to share them! Coming up through the ranks myself I was always taught that it was rude to ask to test. I personally struggle with letting go of that mindset as asking to test feels akin to […]

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  • Black Belts for Sale! Cheap!

    By Sensei Shawnie | In Discipline, Kids & Children | on December 2, 2015

    Karate students are always so excited to earn their next belt rank, and understandably so. The next rank up shows that you’ve learned some things; it’s something to be proud of and shows your hard work. Plus, you no longer have to stand at the end of the line! Inevitably though, some students get impatient. […]

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  • Raising A Nation of Quitters

    By Sensei Shawnie | In Discipline, Kids & Children | on September 12, 2015

    Karate is not for everyone. After all these years teaching I still don’t get that. However, I’ve seen lots of kids come to the dojo for just a few classes never to return. Am I a bad teacher or is just that karate isn’t for everyone? Or, are we just raising a nation of quitters? […]

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