As we step onto the tatami for the new year, consider what you want to achieve in your karate practice:

Find a bit of time to go off by yourself, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. Give yourself the solitude and silence to feel your inner compass.

Get still. Breathe deeply. Feel for any sense of curiosity, excitement, or challenge.

Write down whatever is pulling you forward:

  • Is it mastering a new technique?
  • Achieving a higher belt rank?
  • Or perfecting your kata?

Now consider, in order to move towards your goal:

  1. What habits or patterns do you need to stop?
  2. What new practices should you start?
  3. What aspects of your current routine should you continue?

Finally, accept that as the year goes along you might get blown off course. Commit to re-establishing your goals by repeating the steps above whenever you feel frustrated, unhappy, or purposeless. And let your body do what it loves.

Words of wisdom from our Senseis:

Sensei Bruce:


If you’re going to do something, DO IT.

No hesitation, just total commitment  ❤️

Sensei Charlie:

As you step onto the dojo floor to embrace a new year of training, remember that every training session and every disciplined repetition is a step closer to unlocking your true potential. Embrace the challenges, cultivate your perseverance, and let the spirit of incremental improvement fuel your journey towards excellence. May this year be a canvas for mastering your craft and achieving your individual goals.

Karate is not just a practice, it’s a way of life.