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Growing Up In The Martial Arts

Growing Up In The Martial Arts

Posted: November 05, 2019

“Your history is not your destiny.” -Unknown

Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well. 

Martial Arts training is very attractive and appealing. 

Many of us are drawn to the Dojo because we are sure that training will give us solutions to our problems. 

It certainly can.

A serious Martial Arts program will significantly strengthen your weaknesses without weakening your strengths.  

Over time, as you advance and mature, your reasons for continuing the journey must also advance and mature. 

If not, your journey will be cut short. 

I remember my first day of serious Martial Arts training, nearly 40 years ago.

My classmates and I were totally enchanted by the mysteries of the Martial Arts. 

We started out thinking that training would make us invincible, immortal, and indestructible. 

It was not long before we discovered the actual purpose of what we were studying. 

No doubt about it, we certainly learned how to protect ourselves. 

But there was more. 

Much more. 

Our instructor inspired us to raise our personal standards, increase our expectations, and overcome the obstacles that prevent people from reaching their full potential. 

He brought us to the point where we wanted to quit, and showed us how to persist. 

Master Prett understood the value of a non-quitting spirit. He knew the importance of unleashing the Warrior within. 

As a result, we experienced our lives accordingly. 

I look forward to seeing you and your family on the mat in the Dojo. 



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 

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