Can You Do The 12 Day Karate Challenge?

Have you been practicing in December like you were the last 11 months? We have not been practicing as much this month either. To get us back on track, Sensei Mae and I came up with the 12 day Challenge. We are going to make a game, based on a familiar Christmas song, of this challenge. It is Christmastime here and we are going to play some board games. I am sure when you and your family and friends get together you will play games as well. It may not be any of the titles we have on the table ready for the choosing here.

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Let us know your favorite game

When we have class at the dojo we will often play games with the kids. I have found that the adults like the games as well. Games make learning fun and engaging. When I think about practicing and discipline, I think please pass the cookies and let’s play another game. When I think about playing a game, my face lights up and I become competitive, ready for the challenge—and now I am ready to do what it takes.

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Playing games at the dojo

Consider joining Sensei Mae and me as we participate in the 12 karate days of Christmas. We are beginning the day after Christmas and will work into the first week of the New Year. Each day we have a challenge for you to open. Of course, just like the song, as each day goes on, you will need to repeat the prior day’s challenge as well as the current day. Are you ready?

  1. On the first day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  2. On the second day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  3. On the third day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  4. On the fourth day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  5. On the fifth day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform five perfect pushups, four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  6. On the sixth day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform six sets of 10 kicks in a kicking drill, five perfect pushups, four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  7. On the seventh day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform seven self-defense moves, six sets of 10 kicks in a kicking drill, five perfect pushups, four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  8. On the eighth day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform eight punch-kick combinations, seven self-defense moves, six sets of 10 kicks in a kicking drill, five perfect pushups, four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  9. On the ninth day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to perform nine different strikes, eight punch-kick combinations, seven self-defense moves, six sets of 10 kicks in a kicking drill, five perfect pushups, four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  10. On the tenth day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to practice one kata 10 times, nine different strikes, eight punch-kick combinations, seven self-defense moves, six sets of 10 kicks in a kicking drill, five perfect pushups, four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  11. On the eleventh day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to review the last eleven months of training to see my progress, practice one kata 10 times, nine different strikes, eight punch-kick combinations, seven self-defense moves, six sets of 10 kicks in a kicking drill, five perfect pushups, four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.
  12. On the twelfth day of the karate challenge, my sensei challenged me to write out my plan to achieve my karate goals for the next twelve months, review the last eleven months of training to see my progress, practice one kata 10 times, nine different strikes, eight punch-kick combinations, seven self-defense moves, six sets of 10 kicks in a kicking drill, five perfect pushups, four sets of 10 punches in a punching drill, three perfect down blocks, two runs of my most challenging kata and one horse stance for 30 seconds.

The time we take to prepare for the coming season now will pay off as we begin to achieve our goals. Writing them down and reviewing them daily to see how we did and what we need to change will make a difference in the coming year when we reflect next year on this year’s accomplishments.

Join us as we play games and then join our challenge. Day one is easy! All you have to do is show up and practice; I know it will be fun for you and me. Post your comments on how you are doing on the karate 12 day challenge.

See you in the dojo soon.

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