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This page is devoted to creative writings of students and others. The aim
is to provide an inspirational guide and to further motivate you, the fellow
Do not let your opponent see your spirit...........Miyamoto Musashi
You win in battle by
knowing the enemies timing.........
And by using a timing which
the enemy does not expect..............Miyamoto Musashi
The Beginning by Sharifa Thebus (Honbu)
I stand here unable to make a commitment
to a way of life that is foreign
Unable to bow down to authority
And accept a discipline that will strip my identity.
The movements of my limbs
Refusing to obey the commands of my brain
There is no grace of fluidity
Only convulsive hemiballistic jerking
and insignificant grunts.
While pubes race and skin glistens around me
I struggle through the quagmire of jumbled thoughts
With shuffling gait.
Will I achieve that state of grace
when limbs and mind becomes entwined
in orchestrated rhythm
where movements flow
and aura glows
A reflection of the soul within.
But with each imperfect sigh
or aborted gesture
It recedes from my grasp
and I am clasped in despair.
Words of Wisdom
Whatever good ye give, shall be rendered back to you, and ye shall not
be dealt with unjustly. Surah Al-Baqara (2:72)
O' ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may
be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh
at others. Surah Al-Hujurat (49:11)
A Quotation by Ebrahim Alexander
"You can only see as far, and speak as deep, as your capacity to use language
in its most varied forms. Similarly can you only hear, and understand truth,
and meaning as far as your language abilities enable you. The truth is
often very simple. The capacity to comprehend it, is however, not as simple."
Karate is like climbing a Mountain. Life, too, is like climbing a Mountain.
It is important to try hard to reach the top at your own pace. Once You
are on top, You can look all around. If you stay at the bottom, you can
only look up.
Formula for Success
Be determined, Be dedicated to your art, And have the desire To WIN!!!
A New Day
This is the beginning of a New Day. God has given me this day to use as
I will. I can waste it - or use it for good, but what I do today is important
because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes this
day will be gone for ever, leaving in its place something that I have traded
for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good and not evil; success
and not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price that I have
paid for it.
Karate by Daniel Hirsch, Jnr (USA)
Karate, karate, it's so fun,
Karate, karate, I'm not done
It is so accurate and precise
I think I will break a board
That would be kind of nice
Karate, karate, It's so fun.
Karate, karate, I'm not done.
Sayings - Kahlil Gibran
You progress not through what has been done, but reaching towards what
has yet to be done.
Courage, which is the sixth-sense, finds the shortest way to triumph.
Words of Wisdom
Treat with kindness your parents and kindred, orphans and those in need.
Speak fair to the people, be steadfast in prayer, and practise regular
charity. Surah Al-Baqara (2:83)
Karate by Larry Giordano (6th Dan USA)
The training of Karate is like walking on a thorny road.
But because I love Karate I can take it.
I hold the anxious tears of training within my clenched
dreaming of an everlasting world of peace.
Even if more people approach you with hostility -
to shun a fight is also a form of bravery.
The more I learn, the more I find I must learn more.
This is whatever draws my heart to the way of Karate.
I have learned to respect my teacher to the point
to where I would not even tread on his shadow
Traditional etiquette requires I wear my Black Belt -
The usage of a man in a karate gi. Someday our day will
The longest journey begins with the first step.
Every minute that you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of joy.
Seven days a week without karate makes one weak.
The Gasshuku by Sharifa Thebus (Honbu)
Be Positive by Ikki Naka
A positive manner is not just something with which you are born. It is
a process that requires a certain amount of work to start and to keep it
going. You have often heard, I'm sure, the phrase- "YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT"
and this is perfectly true. But perhaps even more important - "YOU ARE
WHAT YOU THINK."
Thoughts lead to action
Action repeated lead to habits and
Your habits create your destiny.
You become what you think, so if your vocabulary consists of phrases
such as- " I CAN'T, I'M NOT AS GOOD AS, I'M TOO STIFF, TOO OLD, TOO SMALL,
NOT CLEVER ENOUGH, it's not your limitation that is holding you back, but
your NEGATIVE THINKING!
It's your attitude that's letting you down and, WHO creates that attitude,
YOU DO! So you are the only one who can change it. The first thing you
need to know (and I am not saying it's easy, but it is easier than you
think) is to eliminate all those negative thinking words and phrases from
your vocabulary, but most important, from your thoughts. So instead of
thinking "I can't" change it to "I can if I want to". Stop apologizing
for being yourself. You have the same right to "be" as anyone else, and
the same right to a full potential.
Don't cramp your style, be positive about yourself and you will soon
see that others will begin to be positive about you too!
Performance both in karate and outside the dojo will improve, because
a positive attitude breeds positive results. Don't believe me, try it for
yourself and see. REMEMBER: "Argue for your limitations and sure enough
they are yours"> Life is a self fulfilling prophecy. Make yours a POSITIVE
Kindle my Spirit by Ebrahim Alexander
Kindle my spirit
As I fly upon the wind
Passions ascending high
Touching a cloud that is only mine
Kindle my spirit
Enchanted by the moon against a transparent sky,
Flying, flying high amongst the oceanic stars
Kindle my spirit
And I shall stop to cry
As the morning sunrays stalk my cushion
With eternal open windows
I shall always try
Something to think about!
Whenever you are the biggest, the best, or stand out the most, when you
have got the goodies, there are those who look at you in one or two ways.
They are so jealous of what you have, or cannot wait until the day that
they can pass you up and have more, or have equal. The only way that they
can see you is as an obstacle in their way.
Another way is with envy. They are so envious and jealous of you that
they cannot see themselves clearly.
Such attitudes should not be tolerated. Unfortunately you will find
a lot of people in Martial Arts with one or both of these attitudes. Realistically,
they should be contacting the people who are successful at it and ask them
how they do it!
Words of Wisdom
See how we have bestowed more on some than on others, but verily the hereafter
is more in rank and gradation. And more in excellence. Bani
Training is an attitude
a Way of thinking about
effort and challenge.
It becomes not only
acceptable but something
to be desired
We must lead by Example - Cashief Lee (Honbu)
First I must stress that I feel strongly about the title of my essay. To
lead by example is easy to write or say, but to put action to words is
a different story. This is one of the reasons why I have great admiration
for our Senpai. I truely feel that he leads by example. In meetings with
other groups he handles himself with dignity and shows that he is a man
with strong principles and in my opinion comes out tops every time against
Physically he keeps himself in shape, still partakes in tournaments
and keeps our training sessions serious and hard.
My point to all this (sincere) flattery-------- fellow students, is,
to follow up on this lead. In our training we must really work hard. In
karate circles, a karateka is judged by the goods he or she can produce.
We must try to attend our training sesions as frequently as possible. Remember
Blue Belts - the White Belt or Beginner already looks to you for lead as
does the Yellow to the Green or Brown Belts. So please, Senpai, Kohai and
other coloured belts - to keep the training intense and spirited "Be
There Whenever You Can".
If funds are needed we must commit ourselves to raise the amount to
cover our needs. In this way too we are giving our Senpai the support he
needs and showing him our appreciation. As for people who are trying to
put us in a bad light, we must show them that we are not weak but will
rise too the occasion and prove that we are a force to be reckoned with.
We can do it, if we all LEAD BY EXAMPLE!
"A quick temper makes a fool. Impulsive men can be provoked to rage and
brought to defeat. One easily angered is obstinate and hasty - he does
not consider difficulties. One anxious to defend his reputation pays no
regard to anything else."
Sun Tzu "The Art of War"
Ashihara by Aysha Harnekar
Ashihara is our name
Karate is our Game
Sabaki is what we do
Mondays & Wednesday at Honbu
Training is tough
(With Sensei Gakiem)
You never get enough
Shihan is the one
Who brings out all the fun
You only have to see
What he does to Sulie
Monday's the day
For you to stay
And watch the seniors
Go all the way
That's what you get at Ashihara
And not at Nikasahara
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