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Why Did You Join?

Are You Still There .... ?

Students enter a karate dojo for the first time for a wide variety of reasons.

Just look around at the students you train with.

I think it is safe to say though that very few students joined a dojo because they “want to be a black belt”. For most students this was not the driving force. In some cases there was no reason, other than karate sounded interesting.

So, what motivated you to walk through a dojo’s door?

More importantly, why have you stayed?

For me, karate sounded interesting.

I have stayed because like many students, I was not a naturally gifted athlete. Karate was, and remains, something that I still have to work hard at in order to try and fully grasp all that it has to offer, even after more than 40 years.

So I remain, ever determined to be better tomorrow than I was today.

No matter what your reason was for joining, I hope that you stay as long as you can.

That you learn all that you can.

And that you share what you know with all those following in your footsteps.

It is just one of the ways we can all be better today than we were yesterday.

Remember: "Leaving is easy, while staying says a lot about who you are".