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Powerful Capabilities Come From Challenging Opportunities

Posted: April 11, 2019

Dear Friend, 


I trust this blog finds you well. 

Learning the Martial Arts is very difficult and demanding.

The option to quit is always available.

Every training session is extremely challenging.

In order to get the maximum value from your participation, you must overcome the temptation to give up.

The greatest benefits of your practice will come from the most frustrating situations.

When you are struggling, many people will want to assist you.

That is often helpful.

Sometimes it isn’t.

Ultimately, your skill is something that you must cultivate.

You must do the hard work.


The Story Of The Butterfly...


A man found a cocoon with a butterfly inside. 

A few days later, a small opening appeared.

He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.

Then it stopped, as if it couldn't go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.

The butterfly emerged easily, but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body.

It didn't happen.

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around.

It was never able to fly.

The man in his kindness and haste did not understand.

The restrictions of the cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through, prepares it for life.

It is how the fluid from the body is forced into the wings, so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.

Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.

We will not be as strong as we could have been, and we would never fulfill our destiny. 

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



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 

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