What most people might not know about me is that I’m a goal oriented person and setting goals is a very important part of karate training and life. The goals you set should range from daily goals to lifelong achievements.
When you first are setting goals, be realistic, like training 3 times a week, do so many push up/sit ups a day, do not miss any classes ect. things that are attainable by you, yet give you a challenge so you don’t get frustrated with your progress.
As a example; my daughter’s goal this past year was to obtain an orange belt, which is a great goal to set for a child, she achieved it and her confidence will grow. If she would of set a goal to become a green belt, well that would not have happened it’s unrealistic at her age and time she has trained, so then she would have been frustrated and disappointed.
I set goals for my; personal training, teaching, students, growth in my dojo, growing the organization and dream goal(s).
Here are my main personal training goals I’m working on right now (2014)
- Train everyday. (this has not changed in my 20+years of training, this ranges from 10 min to sometimes hours)
- Working on internal energy, using internal not external power in my Karate technique.
- Train with my Sensei as often as I can.
- Go to Japan in the fall of 2015.
Teaching is one of my favorite and one of the most rewarding aspects, that I love about karate. I have always wanted to run a club and be a Karate instructor, teaching is an art form and as you become more comfortable teaching, you start to realize that the class will teach it’s self, you just have to guide it.
- Have a great class with good spirit, intensity and energy.
- Work on what the students need.
- Don’t get stuck on an idea that’s not working, be able to keep the class moving freely. (come back to that idea on another night or realize it was not a great idea and move on)
Goals for my students are based on an individual basis, so it’s hard for me write for everyone. Here is an example I had for one student who moved away.
- Try and see me once a month.
- Make sure they are training on their own.
- If I can, I will make an effort to spend some one on one time with them, when they come to class.
- Keep improving my technique and my teaching technique. (this goal has never changed since 1996)
- Teach a great class. (same since 1996)
- Make sure the web site and face book page are updated regularly, blog posts ect. (before this goal would of been; advertise in the news papers and get articles in the news paper)
Growing the organization is a hard one, as there are many variables; here is my list at this time.
- Try to have Sakamoto-Sensei over 2 years from now. (Sakamoto-Sensei came over this past July 2014, lets aim to have him over again in 2016)
- Have instructors that are like minded and get together at least 3 times a year as a group.
- Ryusei fee’s paid on time.
My main dream goal is to buy my own building and run a full time dojo. My first dream goal was to go to Japan, which I have done 3 times now.
As you grow your goals will change, to give you an example; one of my earliest goals was to achieve Ni-dan (2nd degree black belt) by the time I was 25 years old, which I achieved when I was 23 years old, goal achieved, time to move on to Sandan ( 3rd degree black belt) then something changed. As I got older I didn’t feel the need to have any “rank” oriented goals any more, I think rank oriented goals are great for children and beginners to help build confidence, now in my late thirties, if I still think I need to achieve rank to find importance in Karate, then I am missing the point of Karate training.
I leave you with this; The future is always in motion and what is important today might not be tomorrow. All we can do is learn from the past, live in the moment and think about the future. Goal setting is not just for your Karate it’s also for the other parts of your life, Karate is an art and life often imitates art.