Shoshin: A word from Zen Buddhism meaning “Beginner’s Mind”. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. I consider it to be the practice of seeing life with wonder, curiosity and humility. May we each remain open, willing and eager to learn, as a beginner. May our minds be open and Ready; for anything.

I am grateful to share my journey through the traditional Japanese practice of Karate-do. It is a journey I have been on since I first discovered this life-changing art form when I was 18 years old. My first, dear Sensei, has since passed on and I, along with my two boys, have been divinely led to our current, dear Sensei. My sons innately connect with karate, in the same way I first did, so many years ago. I am so honored to share this experience with both of them. Each practice, we show up with an open mind, we work hard, we learn, we discover, grow and fight; from the deepest spirit within. This is a connection and understanding which isn’t easy to explain. It is something that is deeply felt, and these feelings, express and tell our story, through our practice. It is my intention to share, through words, many of the gifts and discoveries along the way. It is also a way for me to express my gratitude for the many blessings this practice bestows upon my boys and on me, daily. May you each remain open and maintain the mind of a beginner, in all you do. It is in that mindset, openness, and willingness, that, I believe, we truly discover the most.