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The 3 Pillars Of Progress

The 3 Pillars Of Progress

Posted: June 18, 2019

Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well. 

Our Dojo has served the communities of Rockland County and Bergen County for over 35 years. 

Martial Arts training is a fascinating and fulfilling way to build a stronger body, a shaper mind, and a non-quitting spirit. 

It is true that Martial Arts offers sound strategies and tactics for survival and self-defense. 

There is more. 

Much more. 

The proven strategies and tactics for success and self-improvement are found within our effectively designed curriculum and progressive training continuum. 

In order to grow and evolve as a Dojo, we must be able to endure the inevitable challenges of chaos and change. 

When add in the difficulties of aging, it is easy to see how and why many Martial Arts programs fall apart. 


“If there is no succession, there is no success.” -Anonymous 


We have a method for staying on track with our primary mission.

It is a series of 3 powerful questions, which serve to guide our focus toward the very reasons why we have a Dojo.

We refer to these questions as “The 3 Pillars Of Progress.”

Here they are...

1. Our program is not perfect yet. What can we do to make the program better for the students who are already training?

2. There are people in our community who could be, would be, and should be training, but they are not yet enrolled. Can we invite them to the Dojo and let them experience our program? 

3. There are people in our community who can not participate in our program. How can we, through our cooperative efforts, help make their lives better?

These 3 questions honor the core of our purpose as a Dojo.

I am confident that you see the value in each question, and how concisely they address the needs of every concern. 

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



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 


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