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Monday, September 28, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 6~ Day One


This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

The first day September 7, 2004 came quickly. For our first day, Ester set up a table to sign people up and I taught the classes in the gym.

Our first day was a great success, but totally chaotic. Ester’s job turned out to be the most difficult ~ trying to sign up 30 people at the same time, get the kids in a new uniform, and collect the first month’s tuition. We ran out of uniform.

In the classic movie Taxi Driver, Robert Di Niro’s character had a poster that said, "One of these days I'm gonna get organezized." Well, I spent the majority of the first year attempting to organezize the karate school.

The first year, Ester and I were confronted with a daunting number of decisions. Each decision could make or break our fragile school at this point. Between work and the school, I worked tireless to get organized and improve the school.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 5~ Summertime Flyers

This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

We had the space. Next, we needed some students.

As soon as we got the great news, we made a flyer. Looking back, I smile thinking about how poorly written that flyer was. Over the course of July, we passed out over five thousand flyers.

Every time we were home, you would hear the hum of the printer and the crinkle of us folding flyers. Every night after work, Ester and I would drive around passing the flyers out until dark.

After passing out a metric ton of flyers in July, we took a vacation at the beginning of August. A few days into the vacation, I got a message from someone interested to join. It was the Giordano’s ~ Frankie and Brianna. Frankie and Brianna became our first students. They later became our first Black Belts and still training at our school. Their call was followed by the Bender’s ~ Tess and John and the Wright’s ~ Michelle. Although John left for college, both Tess and Michelle remain training at the Dojo and our Black Belts now.

In all, we have 31 people call to join for our start-up on September 7.

Next, our first year and start-up.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 4~ Asking the Right Questions

This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

After Ester sent me back to the drawing board, I begin to think about ways to make our new dream and reality without the huge price tags. I am a firm believer in asking the right questions. If you ask the right question, the answer arrives. Many times, we ask the wrong questions. If you ask “Why” question, you receive back self defeating answers.

We need to reframe the questions in our mind with “what”, “how”, and “where” to gain valuable insights. Instead of asking “Why don’t I have the money?”, ask yourself “Where or How can I get the money?” For us, the answer was a small business loan, tap into a 401K, etc. I am not a huge fan of debt and didn’t want to tap into our retirement so I changed the question.

The most expensive start-up cost was the commercial space rental. So the question became “Where can
we cheaply rent to start the karate program?” I wrote a list of all the places that may have space. Here’s a picture of that page in my journal.


At my lunch break at work, I called all of the places on my list. I received a callback from St. Luke’s United Church of Christ. It happens that as a teenager I worked for a church board member’s daughter and they knew my family well. They asked for me to speak to the church board on a July, 2 at 10 am.

I took off of work and told Ester that I had to meet with some people from the church. I went to the meeting and they gave us the space. I called Ester and surprised her with the great news. We both had the feeling of “Wow, is this really happening?”

For those of you that remember the church and reading carefully, you will notice that I said the St. Luke’s United Church of Christ and our first location was St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. No, this was not a type-O. After receiving the space, a few days later, I received a call from Sandy at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. I visited the space and was told on July 7 that we could use their auditorium for our karate program.

The area was much better so I called St. Luke’s United Church of Christ and thanked them for their consideration and accepted the offer to start at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Next, we needed students...

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 3~ Back to the Drawing Board

This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

In 2003, My original goal was to open our karate school in five years, but in the spring of 2004, I heard rumors that at teaching karate for 8 years that the Center Club was closing.

I took this as a sign to move forward with my plans to start my own school. I wrote up a business plan with start up costs. She was extremely supportive until see saw the start up costs of $58,350. I still have the figure in my journal. Ester said “$58,350! Are you crazy?” Well, I guess it’s back to the drawing board.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 2~ Small Actions create Huge Results

This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

“When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.”
Colleen C. Barrett


Since I was a teenager, I’ve kept a journal with written goals. I’ve looked into the journal to retrace my steps…

According to my journal, the seeds of starting my own school started in 2000, when I took a job in Customer Service. At this time, I wrote about my desire to learn customer service skills because I felt they were lacking in the Martial Arts Schools and would add tremendous value when I started a school.

Starting a karate school appeared as a written goal on 8/5/03 ~ about a year before opening Maximum Impact Karate. The deadline for the goal was 9/1/08. Some events happened that forced me to move forward with my plans. That year, I spent reading and studying to educate myself on starting a business.

This time in my life, I had very little free time with a family, kids, working 60 hours per week, and teaching karate 2 nights per week at the Center Club in Lambertville. To write my business plan, I would use my work breaks and lunch to sit in my car to write. My goal relied on consist small actions in 15 minutes clips to reach my goal.

I learned that small consistent actions creates huge results. That we need to be the bricklayers in our lives to commit to some action.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology ~ The Genesis of an Idea

“The mountain gets steeper as you get closer”

September 7th will be our 5 year Anniversary. I thought it would be interesting to document an anthology of events leading us to our Five year Anniversary. This Anthology is kind of a behind the scenes look at our school’s development and my own personal development along the way. The whole experience of our school’s development has many great lessons ingrained in it.

I am still getting grips on the fact that it’s been 5 years ~ a little nostalgic too. Starting our karate school is my biggest and greatest endeavor. Over the last five years, I had to overcome huge obstacles and challenges. Prevailing over these obstacles forced me to grow and stretch my skills in every area.

Michehl’s Rule for Mountain Climbers says “The mountain gets steeper as you get closer.” The idea of starting a karate school seems easy. You get a space to practice and teach classes but I realized early on that there is much, much more to running a great karate school.

My goal from the very beginning was to make our karate school the best. When faced with decisions, I constantly ask myself, “What will make us the best?”

The Genesis of Maximum Impact Karate…
Since college, I had a desire to teach karate. Once I graduated college, I joined the Center Club in Newtown. At the time, I was working 2nd shift and the Center Club had a morning class on Tuesdays at 10:30am. I joined the class.

Then, in April 1995, the teacher moved to Chicago and I was asked to start teaching the class. I taught there until the Center Club opened a new location in Lambertville, NJ in the spring of 1997. I was asked to teach one of the nights and eventually I worked my way to teaching twice a week.

In 1998, I lived a lifelong dream of completing in the Japan Karate Association’s World Championship for the USA. For students of Shotokan, this competition is like going to the Olympics of karate. After this competition, I remember getting the feeling of “What’s Next?”

At this time, I started to totally immerse myself into teaching. By 2003, I felt that I was getting stagnate in my training and teaching.

At this time, I realized that my next step as a Martial Artist was to step out of my comfort zone and to run my own school. This was one of the best decisions that I ever made because I've grown as a martial artist and teacher exponentially.

Part 2 coming soon...

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

A terrific attitude makes us supernatural

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”. Zig Ziglar

The dictionary defines attitude as “a way of thinking, acting, or feeling" while aptitude is “natural tendency or talent; ability.” We all have natural tendency but without a right attitude these talents will go to waste.

Our attitude makes us supernatural. Notice how if you breakdown the word supernatural, you can interrupt it as being extremely natural. Yes, being supernatural doesn’t mean being like a super hero with special powers. It’s more like coming to an extremely natural state of mind. Our attitude determines this more than aptitude.

Wealth people tend to have the right attitudes toward money. People with great relationships obtained a healthy attitude about friendship. Happily married people maintain a good attitude about their marriage. Healthy people think about their healthy with the correct attitude.

We are surrounded by supernatural people in all areas but fail to recognize it. These people tend to have supernaturally good attitudes towards a specific area.

Why is our attitude so important? Look at professional athletes. They are supernatural in their abilities, but if you look at the collegiate athletes, you would not see much of a different in their physical abilities. It’s all in the attitude and confidence level that defines them and pushes them into the professional level.

Do you want to become supernatural in some area? Try to change your attitude in that area. Change your internal dialogue to speak more supernaturally about that area of your life. Visualization the life that you are looking towards, not the life you got. Constant speak in positive terms about the area you wish to improve in.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Amish Baked Oatmeal

This may become one of my favorite breakfast recipes. It's easy to make and will please a crowd ~ if you have kids.

It does have alot of sugar and oil in it. I used olive oil and next time I may use Splenda Brown Sugar to cut some of the sugar.

Ingredients

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups oatmeal (not instant)

Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs. Add other ingredients, except for oatmeal, and mix well. Stir in oatmeal. Spread in a greased 8×8 pan. Bake 30 minutes.

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