Basic #1 – The Eyes

 
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In the episode we continue going deeper into ichi gan, ni soku, san tan, shi riki as we take a deeper look into the first element the eyes.

The eyes are the most important of all the basics and the way we use them will effect everything else that follows.

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An Introduction To The Basics – Ichi Gan, Ni Soku, San Tan, Shi Riki

 
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We’re very excited to be introducing an incredibly deep topic in this episode, but to be honest we feel like we’re only just scratching the surface.

It’s a bit of a technical topic, but it’s also a great metaphor for life.

In the dojo, we always ask the question, “What is it that I need to focus on the most that will have the biggest impact on what I’m trying to do?” In going as deep as you can on these concepts in this podcast you’ll always find a good answer to this question.

Hopefully it is more than enough to get you curious and keen to learn more. This episode is just a start, in upcoming episodes we will go deeper and explore each of the elements of this concept in greater detail.

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The Rule of 1%

 
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How good would it be if you could get a 1% return on investment?

Well… if you thinking 1% per annum like the banks give you, then it’s probably not so attractive.

But what about if it’s 1% per week or even 1% per day, compounded?

Sounds too good to be true, but it’s possible.

Full disclosure: This episode is about personal growth, not finances. But if properly applied, this could also have a very positive effect on your finances if that’s your focus.

We want to help you make a shift in mindset that allows you to create this kind of growth through consistent effort and a push towards continual improvement.

Think about it, let’s say there’s something that you really like to do and you do it on a regular basis… like karate 😉

Every time you train, you aim to improve by just 1%. If you can do that, how quickly do you think you could be twice as good compared to your starting point?

This is the basis of the rule of 1%, but it doesn’t stop there.

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Family Time With A Purpose

 
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It’s great to get in the dojo and train, but it’s even better to do it with your family.

Nothing says quality time with your family better than the opportunity to kick your child in the head or having them throw you to the ground and punch you.

In all seriousness though, getting into the dojo as a family is a great way to spend quality time, but the benefits don’t stop there.

Normal family hierarchies can be turned on their head. Especially when the kids start training first which is often the case. In this case, the parents are the juniors and the kids are their seniors.

I love the way karate helps us look at things in a different way.

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The Power Of Leading By Example

 
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“There’s always somebody watching.” In everything that we do people see us. Whether we like to admit it or not, we are being judged. But even more importantly people are learning from us.

In the dojo, juniors look up to their seniors, but it also works the other way too.

Outside of the dojo, as parents our kids see everything we do and copy, our actions, attitudes & habits; both the good and the bad.

The same is true of everyone we come into contact with on a daily basis. Over time, we pick up the habits of the people with whom we spend the most time.

If there’s always someone watching… maybe we need to ask, “What’s the example I am trying to set?”

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What Makes A Good Student

 
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Welcome back to the Karate 4 Life Podcast.

Episode 2 – What Makes A Good Student

In this episode, we explore what it is that makes a good student. This is something that we believe is a key ingredient to accelerate your karate journey and also help you to excel in all areas of life.

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