Leadership and the Martial Arts

Of all the benefits karate can bring to your life, I believe leadership is at the top of the list.  If you think about it, all of our life skills (such as discipline, respect, courtesy, goal-setting, honor, etc.) combine into a super-life skill called leadership.  And the best thing about these skills is that they can be learned.  Growing into a leader is the ultimate outcome of all of our programs.

There simply are NOT enough leaders in our society.  Most people wait for somebody else to take the lead.  Often, nobody does.  It takes somebody special to step up to create change – either on a large or small scale.  That person is called a leader.   Leaders change the world.


But to change the world, you must first change yourself.  And that’s what I want to talk about: building your leadership skills.  This is true whether you’re an orange belt struggling with basic forms or a second-degree black belt who wants to become an instructor.  It doesn’t matter if your goals are big or small.  What does matter is your desire to lead.   To learn more about our Guidance on Leadership Development Program and Leadership team, see Sensei Lori


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