Leadership Lesson: Be True to Yourself

Welcome to a new month of training at Budo Mountain!  For those who don’t know, we are really into rhythms and routines around here.  That’s why every month, we focus on one of our school’s core values.  Because we love nature, we relate this value to a part of nature as well.   And every week, we even work on a special topic within the overall value!

The kids think of each of our core values as a Super Power.  Each “Super Power” is made of the smaller “power gems” that build up over time (and with practice!) to become these Super Powers.  The best part of our job is watching kids transform in their understanding of what makes someone truly powerful.  They admire our teachers so much and want to emulate them.  When they discover that the power of our teachers comes from their commitment to do their best in living out the values of the program, it’s really inspiring to these kids!

We have just kicked off the Fall Semester and our new After School program!  Our Super Power value this month is Integrity.  When we think of Integrity, we think of how the Earth is strong and solid, which is how we are when we live with Integrity.  The power gem we’re learning this week is Truth Power – specifically when it comes to knowing what is true in your own heart and listening to that.

It’s a perfect way to start the new school year, because we’re all getting to know each other.  When there are lots of new people around us, it can be tempting to try to impress them by putting on airs.  But the truth is, we each bring something awesome to the table.  Our focus this week will be on helping the kids embrace what’s awesome about themselves, and share that with our group.

We always weave the power gem into our martial arts movements as well.  This week, the focus in our movement will be on staying true to each part of the move, not trying to rush to an impressive finish!  As Shunryu Suzuki said, “Our tendency is to be interested in something that is growing in the garden, not in the bare soil itself. But if you want to have a good harvest, the most important thing is to make the soil rich and cultivate it well.”  It’s so hard not to worry about getting the technique right and looking cool, but again in our martial arts practice, we need to remember that our deepest power lies in being real, and simply staying present with what we’re learning and accomplishing in each moment.

Our techniques of the week are:

Techniques of the Week
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Ukemi Forward Break Falls Forward Rolls
Technique 1 Blocks from Kamae Set 1 Strikes from Kamae Set 1
Technique 2 Leaping Down Dodging by Ducking
Technique 3 The first half of Chi no Kata The second half of Chi no Kata

Kasumi Club:  Kana Shibari – “Iron Grip” and Tengu Dori – “Capture the Demon”

A couple of reminders:

  • ITTY BITTY BU FREE CLASS: Saturday, September 8th 9:30 – 10:00 AM.  This is a great way to introduce your little one to the foundations of our martial art!  REGISTER HERE
  • DOJO OPEN HOUSE! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 10:00 AM.  We are celebrating our Grand Reopening as well as our 5th Consecutive Year as a winner in the Best of Mountain Xpress Awards! Come check out our newly remodeled studio that has doubled in size, see a spectacular performance, and enjoy some refreshments. The “Bring a Friend” deal for our current students will be doubled for this event.  Check out the full schedule of events and be sure to have your friends REGISTER HERE!

Thanks for reading!  See you in the dojo,

Sensei Nesta

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