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Lisa Clark
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  • Sacramento, CA
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Belt Testing and Promotions at "Coloma Community Center"

September 6, 2012 from 6pm to 7pm
This is a very special day for a few very special folks. At belt testings we take a look at the students who are ready to test and be awarded their new Isshinryu Ranks. At this ceremony, we have Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons testing for their black-belts as well as some juniors and adults testing for advanced rank in Isshinryu karate. It's traditional for ALL students to come to a dojo belt testing ceremony. Let's all learn together and show our support for our karate family.* There are no…See More
Aug 16, 2012
Mike Oliver commented on Lisa Clark's blog post The Most Important Goal
"Totally awesome! Now we can set a new goal, yes?"
Jul 6, 2011
Mike Oliver commented on Lisa Clark's blog post Week 4- An Audience
"And sharing your experiences is very much what the UBBT is about. These journal posts, the videos you make (we will make some together!) and the lives that you touch through kindness are methods of teaching by example. There really is no better way…"
Jan 2, 2011
Mike Oliver commented on Lisa Clark's blog post Week 3 - Diligence, Teamwork and Kindness
"We are likely all going to suffer some sort of set-backs in our UBBT training. These are things we learn from though, and the challenge is why we are here right? The martial way is very much a path of deliberate growth."
Jan 2, 2011
Mike Oliver commented on Lisa Clark's blog post UBBT Week 2 Focus
"The trick is applying it to life. The "art" of living and becoming a better human being."
Dec 13, 2010
Lisa Spagnolo commented on Lisa Clark's blog post UBBT Day 7
"Thanks for sharing your days! Children have a wonderful way of keeping you in the present moment--and you can't beat Candyland. Hope today felt even better after the hot yoga. I saw that Mr. Oliver pointed to Book of Five Rings--I just started…"
Dec 8, 2010
Mike Oliver commented on Lisa Clark's blog post UBBT Day 6
""Fake it until you make it" is something that I learned from Master Joslin. It's less about putting up a facade and more about changing your mindset. It's about taking control and accepting ownership of your thoughts and…"
Dec 8, 2010
Mike Oliver commented on Lisa Clark's blog post UBBT Day 2
"Yoga is a great compliment to the martial arts. Keep it up!"
Dec 8, 2010
Lisa Spagnolo commented on Lisa Clark's blog post UBBT- Day 1... It has begun
"Most excellent Day 1--here we go! I like your inventory list, and it sounds familiar (laying it all out). I was feeling a bit anxious this week and it's mixed with excitement--one step at a time."
Dec 1, 2010
Mike Oliver commented on Lisa Clark's blog post UBBT Journal 1: Why?
"As we go through these challenges together, I think you will find that we are more of a team then you initially think. It's important that we watch each other's back and help one another when someone falters."
Nov 29, 2010

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Lisa Clark's Journal

Outside the Dojo

Its been a while since I've been in the dojo for class, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop practicing.

Baby is due May 16. I'd like to say everything has been graceful, sunshine and rainbows, but I have a new respect for the mothers who have come before me. It's been hard in unexpected ways and easier in others. Everything I learned in the dojo has helped. Breathing, how to stay active at your fitness level, mental focus, daily discipline, intentional smiles on grumpy days,… Continue

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 1:01pm


The beginning of the new year is always a great time for reflection. This last week in particular has been full of meditation.

Looking back on the last year, specifically the UBBT, I took on too much and too little at the same time. What I mean is I was capable of everything I committed to, but I was overconfident in my response to the unexpected life challenges. It was a big year last year. Just a few of the life changes: committed to UBBT Team 7, scheduled my life around the…


Posted on January 11, 2012 at 12:40pm

Dojo Visit

For the last two weeks, dad and I were in Florida helping my brother move in to his new home. There was lots to do! Three of the four major projects were finished with headway on the fourth. It was also a great vacation. The highlight was visiting a local Shorin-Ryu dojo. Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do was the name. Renshi Geoffrey Gaudoin was kind enough to allow me to attend adult class.

The night arrives. Always show up early. Why? Stretching is good but watching the kids class was… Continue

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 12:00pm

UBBT Update

Journal entries have slowed down because there hasn't been much to update. Numbers are pitifully behind. Life is tipsy turvy. And everything is just as it should be.

Character building has been the focus of June and July. The first two codes of bushido are on my mind of late. #1: Rectitude: To do the right thing. #2: Bravery: To have courage when faced with a challenge. These two principles have served as guides when mediating in the recent weeks. It was less about who was right and… Continue

Posted on August 5, 2011 at 10:28am

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At 12:57pm on March 4, 2011, Adren Bradley said…
Will do, thanks Lisa. Congrats on your job!!!
At 2:08pm on March 2, 2011, Lisa Clark said…
Adren, have you joined the "Isshinryu Beginners" group? Both reference sheets are available for printout. Easy as that.
At 8:38am on March 2, 2011, Adren Bradley said…
Lisa, I have been trying to find not only "our upper body basics" sheet-I thought it was posted here, but I'm really trying to find the leg kicks, any ideas? Hope your well today.
At 9:11pm on February 14, 2011, Lisa Spagnolo said…
It was a great morning--nice to meet the folks down there. The kids did great.  Good idea to journal about it--I was wondering what I was going to write about.
At 7:51am on October 14, 2010, Teng Yang said…
LOL!  Yes, a "none" belt is odd.  I wasn't sure what to choose when I created my profile.  I joined because I want better physical fitness, focus, mental discipline, and self defense.
At 1:27pm on September 15, 2010, Lisa Spagnolo said…
Hello! I'm sorry I am just seeing your message now. Very nice to meet you as well. My son and I are enjoying classes very much. Thank you so much for your help, and see you next time (I am away this evening).
At 5:22am on September 10, 2010, Carmel Brown (Kristoffer) said…
335 so far. He has friends in the neighborhood that have not returned their logs yet. Thanks again for all your support Lisa!
At 9:51am on May 2, 2010, Nicole Danbacher said…
Hi Lisa. Yes my Gi is from Judo. Definately better for grappling. I'm sure in the future I will purchase a different one due to the warmer weather. Sorry for such a late response. I'm trying to fix up my house, so I am always working on something!
At 6:53am on April 26, 2010, Nancy Stefani said…
Hi Lisa-
Yes, I'm working all over the place, but I enjoy it!
At 11:52am on April 23, 2010, Sabrina Nible said…
Thank you for the welcome :)

I'll try and bring you a cookie next class ;)

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