Shoka Magazine Cover Letter

February 1, 2023 

Marty Callahan 
8th Degree Black Belt 

“Let every nation know, whether is wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any  hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.”  – John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States 

Parents, families, students and friends, 

In our constant search for excellence, we have renamed this educational material the Shoka Magazine.  Here’s what’s in it this month: 

  • Shoka News (our newsletter) 
  • Kindness Pays Off 
  • A letter from one of the kindest students in our school – Ms. Caroline Chase  
  • Another quote from the Art of War by Sun Tzu  
  • Niju Kun #9 
  • Introduction to Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  
  • Your SKLS Instructors  
  • Quote from Jordan Peterson, Canadian psychologist, author, media commentator 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Core Assumptions (Part 3 of 4) 
  • Banking Scam designed to take ALL your MONEY  

Why we produce this magazine  

Most people don’t have the faintest idea as to what we do. They think that karate is either fighting, an activity for  kids, or a sport. It is all of this but what they don’t know about is the most important part. We are a personal  development program, a character and leadership development program where we use the platform of Shotokan  Karate to develop our students into the best person they can be. This has a lifetime effect on the person who takes  it seriously and gives it their all. This magazine is just one of the many ways we use to help you understand what  this means and why it is so important to your child, yourself and your family. Please take advantage and read,  watch and listen to the many other ways we provide through our website, Facebook page, Youtube channel, author  site (, Kicksite, Tiger’s Great Journey, Shoka Leader Handbook as well as a library of articles  we have available in the school.  

Our family and your family 

As of this writing we managed to survive the rains and floods but other members of our school did not fair as well.  Our power was out for 5 days and when it came back on the surge blew out our home printer. A very minor  inconvenience compared to what others experienced. Sensei Logan Flaherty knew the family of the toddler who  was killed by a tree that fell on their house up on Joy Road in Occidental. He has been helping them throughout this  tragedy. If there is anything we can do for you please let us know. 

Yours truly, 

Marty Callahan, 8th Degree Black Belt,  

Founder, Chief Instructor, Author 

Shotokan Karate Leadership School® 3082 Marlow Road B1, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 707-575-1681