Kangeiko means to train during the coldest time of the year, which is usually in February. This year we are holding our Kangeiko on February 10th, 11th, and 12th in our Phoenix Central Dojo. Please join us for this special training.
"Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotion, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease." -Samuel Ullman
When we are young, we are able to train our bodies hard, and even the cold temperatures of winter do not affect us much. As our bodies age, of course, they decline, and we are not always able to do what we could do when we were young. As long as we continue in our karate training, the mental and spiritual can be maintained.
In Japan last year, they experienced the earthquake and tsunami. Now, almost a year has passed, but things are still very hard. The government wants to help, but people cannot return to their homes, and the government homes are cold and drafty. Many people have lost their jobs. Many people volunteered to help, and try to speak with encouragement, but it is hard to be positive in these circumstances. Many people escaped to drink or other things. For our fellow karateka in Japan, having experienced and survived hard training circumstances makes it possible to be encouraged even in bad circumstances; the pain is bearable.
Fortunately, our society is at peace, therefore we need the experience, and challenge of the pain of winter training.