The Way of the Warrior

Alex gets his Black BeltAs I write this today I am justifiably proud of my son’s recent achievement, that of attaining his Black Belt 1st Dan in Karate (Shukokai) on Saturday 12/12/2009.

Experiencing failure is a life lesson we all have to learn at some point

Despite numerous setbacks over the last year ranging from recurring hamstring problems and a failed 1st attempt that left one little man completely devastated, almost set not to return. However, as a family we offered our support and encouragement to him during this time and he eventually returned to train in the martial art he had devoted himself to over the past 4 years.

Though he did not train as frequently due to financial constraints and had to take a break from the competition scene of which he was a keen participant, missing out on attending the World Championships in Italy this year. He has trained diligently and yesterday the results paid off and he finally realised his dream of becoming a Black Belt.

Experiencing failure is a life lesson we all have to learn at some point. Though as parents we want to be able to prevent our children from feeling like they have failed we are powerless to do anything as without knowing failure how can we expect to overcome the adversities that life will continue to throw into our path.

The Black Belt is a final test of ability, stamina and fighting spirit

The path to achieving a Black Belt in any discipline is a long and difficult process designed to test our abilities at every stage and at the same time provide us with a foundation on which to build our abilities on. The Black Belt is a final test of ability, stamina and fighting spirit and passing it is a symbol that the Sensei (Teacher) has transferred his knowledge to his student.

Well done Alex, we are all proud of your achievement!

If you are an Association, Club/Society or a Small Business (Big Businesses are also welcome) and are interested in sponsoring Alex and the Dojo.net squad please contact Sensei Irfan Ansari at irfan@thedojo.net.

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