A New Start - A New Schedule

September 2017

September is the start of the new school year, a time when parents and kids have to regroup to deal with busy schedules, changing schedules, and priorities. There is only so much time and energy in one 24 hour day, so the question really becomes: what are the most important things that must be done each day? There are obvious choices such as school, home-work, job, eating, sleeping and travel time; then there is what we do with the time that we have left, assuming that there is some leftover time. Often here is where things get tricky as this is the area that is not mandated, and so this is the area of free choice, such as it is. This is where our values determine what choices we will make-an indication of what is truly important to us, where the rubber meets the road.
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(Shihan Mason with Molly and Ryan after being awarded their Brown Belts. : The final part of the Brown Belt test involves 6 matches in a row.)

We all know of times both for ourselves and for others where we have heard someone, maybe ourselves say, gee I would really like to ________(fill in the blank), but I don’t have the time, money, energy, will power, whatever; however, as the saying goes, “where there is a will, there is a way.” The key issue is how determined is the person to reach that particular goal. Obesity is one of the biggest issues in America today. Diets abound, usually at least one a week that promises the impossible: lose weight while eating whatever you want, when-ever you want. It can seem the same with martial arts: get your Black Belt in one year the quick and easy way. The truth is that to achieve Black Belt excellence takes time and hard work.
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(Shihan Mason congratulates Sensei Steven Apicella on his promotion to Nidan the 2nd Degree Black Belt rank.)
It means making the “training challenge” a priority. It means working hard on a regular schedule to achieve a goal over several years, step by step. Rather than just wishful thinking, those on the path to Black Belt, and beyond, to self-mastery, are on track with real achievement. Before you can really know anything you must know yourself. Regular weekly practice of Mudokai.