A new Karate Club – why the change?
Karate is my passion and my craft. It always has been and always will be.
At 12 years of age I was taken to my first ever karate class at the local Shotokan Karate Club. I fell in love with karate – the dojo etiquette, the respect and courtesy, the mystery of becoming a black belt ‘master’.
I have spent the last 35 years developing my skills and growing as a person with karate as a foundation of everything that I have done and achieved.
I want to continue to grow and I need to feel confident that the true art of Karate and its amazing benefits are being explored and shared consistently and accurately with every individual student. My realisation is that the only way I can really achieve this is to take full responsibility for the training, culture, and structure.
My promise is excellence in Karate – develop what works – discard what doesn’t. I unashamedly embrace the essence of building strong individuals – mind body and spirit. To some this may be a cliché, for me it’s everything.
For me this is Next Level Karate. The focus of our club is to develop a training curriculum that follows the teachings of traditional karate while at the same time embracing modern training concepts and ideology that will push the boundaries of personal endeavour and constant improvement in all students. We aim to train with more awareness of what we do, how we do it, and most importantly, why we are doing it. Every training drill must be principle based and purpose driven. It has to have meaning, and we must stay aware to what the meaning is so that we can remain inspired to pursue excellence in our training and development of skill and mind set.
Our ‘Train the way you fight, fight the way you train’ concept means we teach Karate that works, no wasted effort, no irrelevant techniques. The physical training will make you strong in mind and body, the learned fighting skill will make you effective, confident and humble and have a powerful, positive, calming effect on your entire life.
Our website is the showroom for the club, and the blog will be the communication tool to share the progressive thread of info that will help to develop our mind and body by sharing training ideals, tips for skill development, and everything else that will be useful and benefiting to your karate and personal development journey.
I invite you to subscribe to the blog and join the community of passionate karate-ka.
Stacey Karetsian Shihan
6th Dan Renshi JKF Goju Kai