Sensei Dawn’s Blog
The holidays are a time of appreciation and gratitude. A time to express our love to friends and family. A time to forgive a little more than usual. A time to set cynicism aside and allow ourselves a little more hope.
But why don’t we do all of that year-round?
Yes, I see students trying their best when it’s time to be approved for a belt test. I see students trying their best when a teacher is watching. I see students trying their best when they can earn a trophy.
But what about when they’re on their own… when no one is watching… when there’s no belt or trophy to be awarded?
Perhaps the most important lesson I share with my students is this: The whole world is your dojo. Trying your best is not just for karate class. Trying your best is not just for special occasions. There is no season for trying your best.
Trying your best is an attitude. A habit. A way of life.
I’m sure you agree.
Now back to the holidays. We know that feeling gratitude, expressing love, forgiving others, and embracing optimism not only make the world a better place, they make for a better life. So, why do we wait until we see colored lights on trees and pumpkin pies in markets to smile a little more and give a little more?
This holiday season, let’s try our best to hold on to our good will and carry it into the new year. Let’s try our best to make every day a holiday!
Not just some of the time…ALWAYS!
Happy Holidays! :)
Ages 2 – 3 | Preschool
Mommy and Me
Dawn Barnes Karate Kids is excited to offer a class designed for children 2 -3 years! Karate Kitties is a toddler karate program focused on motor-skill development and parent/child bonding. Click here to Try a Free Class! For more about Kitties, click here.
Ages 3½ – 5 | Preschool
1 OR 2 CLASSES/WEEK
The Tiger Tots program focuses on teaching motor skills, social skills, and self-control within a playful and nurturing karate class. Click here to Try a Free Class!
Ages 5 – 7 | Kindergarten + First Grade
Lions is the prep program for Dragons. Students practice good manners and playground-appropriate self-defense techniques in fun, high energy classes. Click here to Try a Free Class!
The Black Belt Program
Ages 7-14 | 2nd Grade and Up
The Dragons program promotes focus and respect through age-appropriate karate and grappling techniques. Students who try their best graduate through 12 belt ranks as they earn their way to a GOZEN Black Belt. Click here to Try a Free Class!
By Invitation Only
Halfway through the Dragons program, students may be invited into the Black Belt Club. BBC members practice more advanced karate skills, serve as school leaders, and are encouraged to earn special Hero Patches by participating in charitable acts within the community.