We learn when we prepare for Shodan grading one of the primary meanings of Black Belt is new beginning, starting over. What this really means is that we finally understand that everything we have learned to date is just the tip of the iceberg. A minutia of understanding of the martial way that will take a lifetime to gain mastery of. At this stage we understand that we are all beginners, finally ready for the full learning process, unencumbered by the trappings of status, title and other things that we focus on as we move through the Kyu (colored belt) ranks. Its this feeling we have now in our dojo and our organization. After 30 years, my teacher and mentor, Shihan Andre Gilbert, who I resp

OSU NO SEISHIN, Kyokushin provides the basis for success in life.

This is something I consistently tell my students. The primary philosophy of Kyokushin Karate, Osu No Seishin, which translates to “The Spirit of Perseverance” or to never give up drives us through our training to always push forward, to realize through hard training that we are all stronger than we think we are, to keep pushing forward no matter how many times we fail, make mistakes or fall down. A Black Belt is not achieved by the best or most talented, but by the student that does not give up, the one that perseveres and pushes past the discomfort to find out they are stronger than they think, the student with Grit! I guarantee that every student learns this in Kyokushin and in my class.

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