A Karate Student’s Responsibility

Girl student with teacher

The self-defense skills taught in the dojo are a great responsibility. These skills must never be used to bully or abuse others. At Buzz Durkin’s Karate School, each of our students learns to recite a series of Student Creeds. The third creed is about knowing how and when to use one’s martial arts.             “I […]

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The Way Place

The word dojo is Japanese for way place. Of course, this can be interpreted in many ways. It can be taken literally to mean a place where you learn the way of karate, or it can be more figurative, meaning where you find your way. I like the second meaning. To me, my dojo is […]

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How to Confront and Resolve Conflict

Yelling Man Conflict

At its core, karate is about dealing with conflict. Through our training, we learn not only how to defend ourselves from attacks, but also how to recognize a potential threat and, if possible, avoid a physical altercation. So, how can karate teach us to avoid conflict? To help explain, let me first share a story […]

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How Karate Helps Kids Focus

Martial arts is not just about self-defense. With proper teaching and time, it also becomes an effective tool to develop social and life skills. Learning focus is one of the top reasons parents bring their children to our school. I recall one of our students who needed a heavy dose of focus development. When his […]

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