Shoka Magazine April 2023 – Karate has had a profound impact on my life.
I kept seeing myself as an A student and I kept getting A’s.
Karate has had such a profound impact on my life. I can’t sum it up in one story, but I will try to convey the most significant change I feel I have made.
I am not known for being good at math. Algebra has always been a subject that I struggle with. So, I don’t need to say how nervous I was to at the beginning of the semester, having to take intermediate algebra at the JC.
But I applied certain concepts of karate to my behavior and attitude about myself as a math student. The first strategies I employed was “be faithful,” and “endeavor.”
I didn’t waste any time for setting up a study routine for myself and I never faltered from it.
All the hard work from that enabled me to change my attitude about my math abilities, because my understanding and confidence improved.
Another thought I carried with me throughout the semester was actions follow thoughts. I will get whatever grade I envision for myself. I kept seeing myself as an A student, and I kept getting A’s.
With all these improvements I have made on myself I discovered I like math, and without these changes, I would have never known.
Thank you, Sensei Callahan, for all you do.
– Cynthia Kohl, SRJC Student