Cycle 6: July 1 to August 4, 2019

Week 4 Messages of the Week

Junior - Beginner

Message of the Week - Good Attitude: Being a "Good Finder"

What does it mean to have a good attitude? Simply put a good attitude means to obey cheerfully and be polite. Why is a good attitude important? When we have a good attitude we will be more successful, have more friends, and our parents will be proud of us. This week we are going to talk about being a good finder. You’ll find either good or bad in everyone – it just depends what you are looking for.

Practice this simple exercise at home: Quickly look around your room. Find and memorize everything that is Red. Now close your eyes tightly. Keeping your eyes closed, try to recall everything you saw that was blue. When you're finished open your eyes. Consider why was easier to remember the red items in the room even though both colors were present.

Using this example illustrates that our mind works hard at what we tell it to do. We can tell it to look for the bad or the good in people – it depends on what we want to see. Being a good finder means that you have to look for the good in all the people in your life and in all situations. Sometimes this is not easy. It’s hard to look for the good in someone you don’t like or someone that is different or mean to you. If you do it, however, you will find a friend in just about everyone. It’s hard to see the good in a situation when something bad happens. If you look for the good, however, you will learn to be solution-oriented. That means you will become a more optimistic person.

Here are some practical exercises. Try finding the good in every negative statement or thought by asking, “What’s good about this?" or “How can I benefit from this?”
Example #1 - “School is hard and I always have a lot of homework.”
Possible Response - “Boy, you sure are going to get smart.”

Example #2 - “I broke my right arm and now I can’t dribble my basketball.”
Possible Response - “Now is a great time to learn to dribble with your left hand.”

For the next week, every morning when you wake up, challenge yourself to think of five things that you are proud of, happy about, or excited for, and practice finding the good in every person and in every situation you're faced with.

Junior - Intermediate, Advanced & Black Belt

Message of the Week - COURTESY

Consider the following story. Once there were two children. One always rushed to be first in line, or pushed
her way to the best seats, or manipulated others to get what she wanted. The other would pause for a moment and hold the door for another person and was always concerned that whatever game they were playing was fair for everyone. The second child almost always said please and thank you while the first child rarely did.

Now ask yourself the following questions:
• Which child would be the first one to help clean up a mess?
• Which child would be considered rude?
• Which child felt the best about herself?
• Which child had the most confidence?
• Which one would you prefer to have as a friend?
• Which child was more likely to be honest?
• Which child would you trust the most?

Our actions tell a lot about us. In fact a person's behavior is the most reliable indicator of one's true character.



This week we are going to discuss another quality of Martial Arts champions, power, and its parallel life quality, which is knowledge.

In Martial Arts, as in many other physical endeavors, developing one's power to the highest level is crucial. Power is a combination of strength and speed. In Martial Arts, we develop power through resistance training, flexibility, speed drills, and emphasizing proper body mechanics. With proper practice over time, you will develop an amazing amount of power.

The parallel human quality to power is knowledge. As we generate our physical power through development of our muscles in daily exercise, we must also develop wisdom and experience through constant effort and study. True
happiness comes from being physically able to utilize the knowledge you have acquired. Neither muscle nor knowledge can be bought, nor can they be stolen. They must be earned only through constant effort and hard work. Knowledge and personal power are the keys to success. So, let us accumulate as much knowledge as we can in life, just as we develop power in Martial Arts.

Acquiring knowledge is work, but it can also be fun. This week recall a time when you have been excited to learn something new and was able to put it to good use at work, in class, or in a particular hobby.