Philosophy of the Week

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The Philosophy of the Week is a custom that is unique to the Harmony by Karate program. Based on the ancient Japanese traditions of philosophical dialogues between students and teachers. It was originally introduced to the dojo by Sensei John in 1994, Each week since then, Sensei John has offered his students an idea in the form of a simple quote or phrase. Students are expected to consider this idea and to be prepared to discuss their own ideas in class, both with Sensei, and with other students.

These discussions help create an attitude in the dojo of learning, personal growth, mutual respect, understanding, and tolerance of the views and ideas of others. This attitude distinguishes the Harmony By Karate dojo from many others. Sensei John uses Philosophy of the Week is a powerful tool to lead people out of their everyday frame of mind, giving the students a chance to reflect honestly about themselves, their environment, and their impact on the world around them. With this in mind, Sensei creates his philosophies to help students take a negative element from the past and turn it into a positive element for the future. He believes strongly that reversing negative thoughts and attitudes changes behavior, which, in turn, changes society.

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"My very best wishes to Sensei John for his book signing and continued success. His dedication to the way is unsurpassed and is truly a role model to all his students and friends in the martial arts. He lives, breathes and demonstrates the true value of his philosophy. My friend, my colleague, I congratulate and support you in your efforts."
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