Things my instructors say

Be your own Sensei!

Be aware of what you’re doing, listen to feedback, remember it, apply it. Don’t always wait for people to tell you what to correct.

If you have a question, it’s great to ask it (my Sensei can tell you, I ask lots of questions), but also, think it through… why would you do a technique one way or another? What is the possible application of it? What makes the most practical sense in your karate practice?

If the hat fits, wear it.

I suspect that sometimes he means, “Even if you think the hat doesn’t fit, try it on just in case!” That is, if there is a general principle or correction being taught to the class, or someone else in class is corrected, apply it to yourself. Make sure you’re doing it correctly, rather than assuming you’re not the one being spoken to.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

An amusing take on a common adage!

“One step at a time is all it takes to get you there.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You can get anywhere if you simply go one step at a time.” ~ Dave Ramsey

“I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road. I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. I am still learning.” ~ Muhammad Ali

“One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.” ~ John Wanamaker

“Leaps look good in the movies, but in fact, success is mostly about finding a path and walking it one step at a time.” ~ Seth

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

It’s called a backfist because it comes back.

It’s not really, but it’s a good way to remember to bring it back every time 😆

Published by Kristen S.

Kristen (kristarella) is a Happiness Engineer for Automattic (, karate-ka 🥋, musician 🎸, artist 👩🏻‍🎨, craftist 🧶, and lego enthusiast 🧱

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