“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” – Ellen Goodman
Sempai Mics’ Analogy: It is easy to find fault and make excuses. We benefit more by focusing on our potential and doing something about it.
“If you want to be successful as an astronaut or as anything else, you have to keep trying. There will be disappointments in your life. You’ll get so far and then there will be a setback. And if you let the setback overcome your drive, your willpower, then you’re in trouble.” ~ Jim Lovell, Astronaut, NASA Gemini and Apollo Programs
Sensei Scott’s Analogy: Change, both in and outside the dojo, can bring with it many challenges. Although at times it seems that we take as many steps backward as we do forward, change gives us an opportunity to learn something about ourselves. In the dojo, let change and challenge spur you on to improving yourself, both in technique and as a human being.
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” ~ Bill Cosby
Hoggart Shihan’s Analogy: Venturing into the unknown usually presents various fears. Starting a martial art has similar fears, mostly the fear of not knowing and feeling humility. Over come those fears with your desire to learn with a positive and supportive attitude. Everyone starts … not everyone finishes.
“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg.” ~Author Unknown
Hoggart Shihan’s Analogy: Most everyone has good intentions. Those who have pure intensions and follow through with good actions are successful. Set your training and personal growth goals and put your plan into action. Go the extra mile … it usually isn’t crowded there.
“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Hoggart Shihan’s Analogy: The foundation of Hakko Denshin Ryu Ju Jutsu is built on the Bushido code. Balanced growth with integrity provides quality training, quality students, and controlled expansion, without compromising our values for personal gain.
“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” ~Peter Marshall
Hoggart Shihan’s Analogy; Many talk about their great plans and dedication to their training and the Dojo. The achievers actually follow through.
“No one is born a perfect runner. And none of us will become one. But through incremental steps, we can become better runners,, And that’s the beauty of our sport: there are no shortcuts, nothing is given to us; we earn every mile and we earn every result.” ~ Pete Magill
Scott Sensei’s Analogy; Just like in running, no one is born with perfect technique in Ju Jutsu. Some people pick up the art quicker than others do, but in the long run, only practice and perseverance can bring about success in Hakko Denshin Ryu Ju Jutsu. That success ultimately depends on you as an individual, and the goals that you set for yourself. All of those personal successes and failures on the mat are what make us better in this art and no one can take those achievements away from you, when you put all of your energy and focus towards achieving them.
“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Hoggart Shihan’s Analogy; When practicing Waza, many students tend to force and focus too much, to the point of frustration, which causes anxiety. The goal is to concentrate on what you’ve been taught with clarity and let it flow naturally, in a relaxed way. Don’t over think it however; remember all the points to help make it flow.
“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.” ~ Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
Hoggart Shihan’s Analogy; Training with a team of instructors and students has many benefits, such as different explanations to help understand similar concepts. Another main benefit is understanding that when other team members push you, it is because they want to help you, and the team, be stronger in the bigger picture of the Dojo.