Continuing with the theme of strength, we are looking at how to develop strength. We have to work at it. This week we are focusing more on internal strength. Strength of character – strong morals and mental strength. Just like our muscles don’t get strong without putting in effort, neither does our character get strong without a “work out”. We are using “I never do easy!” as a reminder to “work out” in every area of our being, not just our body.
This week’s mat chat:
In order to have strength we need to challenge ourselves. Your body doesn’t get strong without doing a lot of pushups or exercise of some kind, right? Just like your body needs to be trained to get strong, your mental and moral nature has to be trained so you can be strong on the inside,too. Karate is all about training your character.
“I never do easy!” is a good reminder that you need to develop strength. In karate that means if you’re using the ladder and every step you are to land in han zenkutsu dachi — you make SURE that every step lands in han zenkutsu dachi. You don’t just move down the ladder without doing your best, without really focusing or paying attention.
When you’re in school, or someone’s teaching you something new, you have to really focus, listen, and try your very best. It is NEVER ok to just do something the easy way to get it over with. Regardless of what the task is, you are training your character to “never do easy”!
When you see that someone needs help, try to think about how YOU can help. It might be easy to ignore, or tell someone else, when you see a problem. You want to train yourself to be able to reach out and help others. That develops strength in your character that you will benefit from throughout your life. You want to have strength not just in your muscles, you want to have strength in your character too. Remember – “I never do easy!”