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August 2014 Journal Entries (13)

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ― Haruki Murakami

This might not be a huge discovery that will win me a Nobel Prize but I found out it is a lot more fun running in a park than on a treadmill. My mom and I went to Curtis Park to run the other day. Curtis Park is the perfect running track because it is approximately one mile around. We walked one mile then I took off with the dog and we ran another mile around the park. It’s a lot more fun running outside and I believe it’s because you’re moving and you can see how far you ran which makes you…


Added by Emil Ramos on August 31, 2014 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Week 38 - Need for Speed

Week 38 - Need for Speed

The Numbers (as of 08/23):…


Added by Chrissy Scott on August 27, 2014 at 7:22am — No Comments

Help Cole Stuff Backpacks for Bret Harte Students

Cole's Little Dragon Black Belt project is nearing its end. He has collected a lot of backpacks and school supplies for students at Bret Harte School. He could use some help stuffing the backpacks  Please drop by the Dojo this Tuesday, August 26th, between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 to help fill  backpacks with school supplies.

Thank you!

Added by Chris Mathias on August 23, 2014 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Video 4 - Kata on the Beach

Added by Chrissy Scott on August 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Week 37 - Thank You Notes

Week 37 - Thank You Notes

The Numbers (as of 08/16):…


Added by Chrissy Scott on August 18, 2014 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Save Our Busy Bees!

Hi!  My name is Ethan Smalley and I am asking for your help with my Little Dragon Black Belt Project.  I am doing what I can to save the Honey Bees and I would like you to help too.  The problem is that Honey Bees are disappearing and Honey Bees are very important.  Honey Bees are our biggest pollinators!  One-third of all our food comes from pollinated plants, that means many of our favorites would not be around without our bee friends.  I have planted a Bee Friendly flower garden at my…


Added by Katrina Smalley on August 12, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Karate-Do (Book Report/Review)

     Karate-Do was a book that was written by Gichin Funakoshi. It was his autobiography detailing about his normal routines of his life and the various historical events he has lived through his lifetime. To put into context, he was considered the father of modern karate. Funakoshi was born on November 10, 1868 and died on April 26, 1957. The Meiji Restoration a period of time that modernized Japan politically, socially, and economically. The act of carrying or just keeping…


Added by Bryant Sha on August 12, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Karate-Do by Darren Sha

Darren Sha

August 11, 2014

Oliver Sensei


     Gichin Funakoshi was born in the district of Yamakawa. He was in the royal Okinawan capital of Shuri. He lived in 1868 and died in 1957. He lived a life of moderation and physical discipline to maintain and develop his career. He was a strong and well-developed…


Added by Darren Sha on August 11, 2014 at 11:14pm — 2 Comments

Week 36 - I Need to Hydrate... Seriously

Week 36 - I Need to Hydrate... Seriously

The Numbers (as of 08/09):…


Added by Chrissy Scott on August 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

When is a vacation not a vacation?

For the past week, I have been on vacation in Arizona spending time with relatives. Even though I am on vacation, I still sadly don't get any days off of my black belt test. I have been adjusting to a new schedule and adapting to how the day runs smoothly here. 

The first three days were hard to manage.  It was because it was hard to stay focused and not forget I have a responsibility and not just hang all day in the pool. I spent my first day getting…


Added by Emil Ramos on August 11, 2014 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

One Month Down!

First month down five more to go! I am glad it’s over but it doesn't feel like much of an accomplishment, maybe my second or third month will. It does make me feel like I can finish the challenge, but I also have no clue how to manage my time when school starts on September 2nd.

If I learned anything during this month it would be time management. Some days were a struggle. What I found to be the hardest is writing everything I do down. I do the work but forget to tally it. I now…


Added by Emil Ramos on August 4, 2014 at 11:28am — No Comments

Week 35 - I Feel Smarter This Week

Week 35 - I Feel Smarter This Week

The Numbers (as of 08/02):…


Added by Chrissy Scott on August 3, 2014 at 10:41am — No Comments

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