Golden Tiger Karate’s philosophy is that karate is a good vehicle in life to obtain goals set by each individual. These goals are as varied as people are varied. They are as individual as people are individuals. A goal may be better physical conditioning, flexibility, stamina, weight maintenance, self defense, conquering fears real or perceived, meeting new people and making friends, learning an age old art that has as many faces and styles as people on the earth. Goals can break down barriers within and outside oneself. Who hasn’t been wowed by the martial artist in the movies and on television? Their feats are astounding, beautiful, fluid, powerful, calm yet intense. What child after watching Ninja Turtles or Chuck Norris hasn’t kicked a few boards or walls or kids?
Our motto is “making the impossible possible.” Have you ever said I could never do that -- it’s impossible? Most people have at one time or another succumbed to negative thinking without opening their minds to possibilities.
Some milestones students have reached are:
vBreaking 27 concrete blocks with a downward palm break
vSetting a goal to compete in a tournament with bo and doing it
vLearning to do a forward roll at the age of 23
vLosing dress sizes but not weight
vAble to touch your head to your knees even though you are 40 lbs overweight
vBring your knee past your ear
vLaying on a bed of nails while a cinder block is broken on your chest
vSharing cardio kickboxing with a “special” person
vWinning trophies at tournaments
vDemonstrating katas or weapons in front of a crowd of strangers and being only 4, 6, 10 years old.
vDo a split in your 30’s for the first time
vTeachers noticing a difference in a hyperactive student
vCardio kickboxing students saying it is their therapy for stress
v65 year old female student kicking over Bob, the 150 lb kicking target (she's 73 now and still kicking with us!)
Making the impossible…possible
one student at a time at their own pace