Zen Martial Arts Center

Sacramento Martial Arts and Karate

September 2010 Journal Entries (7)

Something New

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." ~ Ronald Ostrom

The quote above reflect my current sentiments. For too long, I was in a rut and didn't even know it! Life's patterns started to become stale, routine, boring... I lost a few very important things because I took them for granted. I didn't appreciate them for what they were. Hindsight can't get them back.

It is up to me to cherish the things I still have though. My… Continue

Added by Lisa Clark on September 30, 2010 at 10:31am — No Comments

Karate Kid's Journey to Green-Belt Begins with Kindness

By BENN HODAPP / Valley Community Newspapers writer…


Added by Mike Oliver on September 29, 2010 at 10:22am — No Comments

The C Word

A few months back a friend posed a question. I was sharing my excitement about a potential camping trip. It was to be a weekend backpacking trip somewhere local. Backpacking is something I have never done and wondered about.

In the natural flow of conversation, my friend asked me in a serious, doubt-filled voice, "Yes, but can you do it?"

That one question planted a seed of doubt in my own mind. I considered it on my own for quite a while. The more I thought about it the more… Continue

Added by Lisa Clark on September 27, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Little Dragon diaper drive - diapers delivered!

Little Dragon Naomi Piper-Pell delivered 1,173 diapers to Wellspring Women and Children's Center today as part of her Little Dragon Black Belt Project. Naomi also volunteered several times at Wellspring and held a car wash to raise money to buy diapers. A hearty thanks is due to everyone who made donations or otherwise assisted Naomi with her project!

Added by Chris Piper on September 21, 2010 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments

Mental vs Physical

Today in class Mr. Oliver described karate as 90% mental and 10% physical.

How many times have I made it easier on my body physically because my mind it necessary? It's as simple as relaxing a horse stance during star blocks kata, or not bending as deeply in the last squat, or throwing a punch at half power to "save energy" for the next one, or passing the medicine ball in an arch instead of a straight chest pass. Yes, I've been slacking, cutting corners, easing up, or however you want… Continue

Added by Lisa Clark on September 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Video: Kristoffer Inspires over 325 Acts of Kindness in Sacramento

Kristoffer is a student at Zen Martial Arts. In order to test for their green belt, every student must perform a community leadership project. Kristoffer chose to do inspire 100 acts of kindness. He is just one of many Sacramento karate kids that are acting as leaders in your… Continue

Added by Mike Oliver on September 10, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Little Dragon diaper drive

Little Dragon Naomi Piper-Pell is currently holding a diaper drive for Wellspring Women and Children's Center as part of her black belt project. Wellspring is a safe and welcoming place for women and children in need to receive meals and essential services each weekday.

Please bring packages of disposable diapers, any size, during any of Mr. Oliver's karate classes and the items will be forwarded to Naomi's family for delivery to… Continue

Added by Chris Piper on September 2, 2010 at 1:20pm — 4 Comments

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