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Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

KATA

By Sensei Gavin As a student of Sensei Kimura and training amongst his high level students during my early years in Karate, I was fortunate to have a lot of good stuff rub off on me. The Dojo was infused with hundreds of years of accumulated “sweat wisdom”  from his top students and instructors. I learned by being immersed in the environment……eating, sleeping, training and working in the Dojo for years. When I first met Sensei Kimura, one of the things he said to me was: “what I teach is…..you go into a...

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Do you know what BUDO is?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Do you know what BUDO is?

With the 20th anniversary of Sensei Kimura’s passing approaching I think it would be fitting to share some of the things I learned from him, and also as a result of his teachings both on the mat and off. Training and living in the Dojo was often hard psychologically, but no matter how hard I was always able to push through and become stronger. I never gave up because of the faith I had in my instructor and loyalty to him. No amount of money could ever repay him for what he gave me. He set me on a path that I would never have taken if it...

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It’s your CHOICE!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s your CHOICE!

Things taught at Tenafly Shukokai Karate this week… Apart from the blocks, punches and  kicks taught at karate, there’s are lots of other important lessons learned. These are often lessons that help build character, discipline, focus, creativity, patience, perseverance, temperance, respect, self control and other traits that will help our children become better people as they traverse through life. In one of the children’s classes this week, Sensei Linda asked the students WHY they came to karate. The answers were varied but...

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Why kids resist coming to karate class.

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

Why kids resist coming to karate class.

Many parents often encounter difficulty getting their kids ready to go to Karate class They find themselves confused at their child’s enthusiasm when they are actually in class. “I have to fight to get them here,” or “He just wants to play with his friends,” are what we commonly hear from frustrated parents. These parents often consider letting their son or daughter quit but then come to find that’s not really what the child wants. “How,” they ask me, “can he want to keep training but...

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Why Karate?

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Karate?

Why Karate? Martial Arts is a practice that develops: Character, humility, gratitude, charity, confidence, self esteem, self control, determination, patience, temperance and a sense of obligation to pass on what is learned. No other physical discipline offers so much. Spiritual organizations and religions strive to impart these qualities on their members and students as well, but the art of Karate also develops and enhances physical abilities that would take a multitude of sports to develop.  Students improve balance, coordination, muscle...

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Welcome to the NEW Tenafly Shukokai website!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Welcome to the NEW Tenafly Shukokai website!

  We are very excited about the new format of our website. Welcome, take a look around and visit our pages to learn more about our dojo. You will find class schedules and information about Shukokai, Sensei Kimura and the new addition of our blog. Tenafly Shukokai Karate is a family. Not only is it family owned and run by Sensei Gavin Armstrong, myself, Sensei Linda Armstrong and Steele. But we pride ourselves on making everyone feel welcome and connected to each other. From our kids and their parents to our adult students, we all...

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