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Rank Of Renewal

Black Belt - The Rank Of Renewal

Posted: October 04, 2019

"I am defeated, and know it, if I meet any human being from whom I find myself unable to learn anything." -George Herbert Palmer



Black Belt - The Rank Of Renewal

Dear Friend, 


I trust this blog finds you well. 

The 7th of Dr. Covey's Habits is called Sharpen the Saw. 

It is what he calls, the habit of renewal. 

We refer to it as Kaizen. 

Kaizen is a Japanese word that means continuous improvement. 

Habit 7 is what being a Black Belt is all about it. It encompasses Habits 1 through 6, and encourages us to renew and refine them. 

The thought behind Habit 7 is that things will break down if we do not constantly build them up. 

Most of us had incredibly flexible bodies when we were children. Remember that?

If we did nothing to maintain and improve our flexibility, we gradually lost it. 

The same goes for our strength and endurance. 

Habit 7 is the way to get it all back, and continually improve it. 

Think of any skill or competency. You must endeavor to improve it, or it will diminish. 

Martial Arts training is an incredibly effective way to build a stronger body, sharper mind, and non-quitting spirit.  

If you spend any time in the Dojo, you will discover this for yourself. 

Mentally, your memory, focus, and imagination are constantly challenged and cultivated. 

Physically, you are able to build strength, increase flexibility, and improve your endurance. 

These opportunities are available during every single class.  

Non-quitting spirit is not developed when you feel like training. 

It is developed when you "don't feel like it", but you do it anyway. 

You want to give up, but you subordinate your mood to your values. 

Each time you step on the mat, you can broaden your skills and deepen your understanding. 

In order to reap the rewards of Habit 7, we must apply it to every dimension of our lives. 

Feed the parts of your life that you want to grow, starve the things you to eliminate.  

Martial Arts practice is an action-packed adventure. 

It is a process, not a product. 

It is a journey, not a destination. 

Enjoy it. 

I look forward to seeing you and your family in class at the Dojo. 



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford

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