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This place is spectacular! So many good things about this Martial Arts Dojo! The staff is friendly and welcoming. They treat you like your one of the family, from the moment you walk in the door. All of the instructors are helpful and knowledgeable. Even the students that train are welcoming! They have one of the most flexible schedules around. If I could give more than 5 stars I would! You have to come check this place out!

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I've been attending Budo Shingikan Dojo for a little over 2 months now and I absolutely love it! Its my home away from home, my happy place! All of the members make you feel so welcomed and help you so much to make sure you fully understand each thing we are working on. Before starting this program I was very hyper-active and didn't necessarily know how to control my anxiety, with the help of all the members here I am able to focus a lot more, and keep my emotions completely level. I still have a lot to learn and I cannot wait to continue a wonderful journey with these amazing people!

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This Martial Arts Dojo rocks! I love Kaiso D'Antonoli and all the other students. Budo Shingikan is a great place to learn Martial Arts, and a community of awesome people (of all ages and backgrounds). Thanks to Budo Shingikan, both my body and mind are incredibly stronger. What I learn at the Dojo has positive impacts in every aspect of my life. Kaiso D'Antonoli is an amazing instructor who knows how to nurture the most skilled martial artist and absolute beginners who never threw a punch or a kick in their entire life. He is able to help transform his students into a balanced confident human being who not only know how to defend themselves and others, but brings balance in their lives. And the learning never stops as you go up in rank. You just keep peeling away the layers. Honestly, you have to try it for yourself!

My biggest issue right now is trying to figure out which classes to attend. I just don’t want to miss anything.

I am very excited to continue training and to grow my skills under the tutelage of Kaiso D'Antonoli.

For anyone who feels lost, for anyone who wants to feel safer walking down the street, or for anyone who is looking to challenge themselves, or get back into shape, I can't recommend Budo Shingikan more.

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The staff and instructors are wonderful. They help the kids when they struggle and provide a support base for them to grow up in an environment with lots of confidence. Ours sons favorite instructor is Mr Nick. When he teaches you can really see he loves what he does and the kids respond right back. The staff treat you like family and if you have any issues they are right there to help you out. This by far is the best martial arts school experience we have had.

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Our son has been with this dojo for almost 4 years. He has learned so much, not just martial arts. He has learned respect, honor, never giving up, teamwork, as well as avoiding dangerous situations and resolving issues through communication. He has a couple of diagnosed behavior issues and participating in this program has definitely helped these issues. This is a family atmosphere and instructors as well as owners are always there to help and support.

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I love this place! Everybody feels welcomed and the kids always have fun in their classes!
This was a great choice for my son! He is learning a lot each day and really enjoys the classes.
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I've been practicing here for 7 months and I love it! What I love most about this place is that it's not all about kicking ass and/or winning. They teach us to listen to our bodies and always be aware of yourself and those around you. They teach us teachings that help us focus and stay flexible during training but also the same teachings can be used throughout our daily lives. It's about becoming a better version of yourself through working on yourself in the dojo and out. Excellent place, excellent people and excellent style of martial arts! I recommend this to anyone and everyone who wishes to advance their lives to a better place.

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Really enjoy the instructors. They make it fun for the kids even when they are working out. Been here roughly 6 weeks, kids enjoy it very much. The staff helps out and don't hesitate to ask questions and make sure you know what is going on things go pretty quick when you first start.

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This is hands down the best investment I have made into bettering myself! After having been enrolled here for almost a year, I have made many lifestyle changes that will stick for life. Here at the dojo, there is also a great sense of community, filled with wonderful people! The instructors here really do care the students. The time and dedication put into training material and all other aspects of the dojo, is absolutely inspiring. If it were any other way, I would not still be here. So, if you are thinking about trying out some awesome Japanese martial arts, do yourself a favor and give it a try. It will be a decision you will never regret!

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I was looking for something for both my son and my daughter to stay active out of the sun this summer, but they're both so different. I found a trail offer and decided that I would sign them up to see if this would be something that they would equally enjoy. Got through the trial period. They wanted more. Everyone here is so welcoming, patient, and absolutely amazing with the kids. They motivate the kids like nothing I've seen! Very nice. Very clean. Needless to say, my kids are begging to go every day they are open and have decided that this will not be just a summer hobby!

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Fostering a Warrior’s Mindset with Martial Arts

10 Characteristics of the Warrior’s Mindset

a group of colorful hippiesIn general, modern culture is not comfortable with Warrior energy. Since the social and cultural revolutions of the 60s and 70s, we’ve generally taught potential warriors as children to avoid confrontation and conflict and to instead nurture their “feminine side” (this is a term from modern medical psychology vernacular, so save your hate mail). The result is the Nice Guy; the person who will avoid confrontation and aggression even when confrontation and aggression are justified.

Society pushes people to be sweet and sensitive because they fear them becoming coldly stoic, abusive, and destructively angry. But society’s perception of the Warrior archetype is not based on the Warrior energy in its full, healthy manifestation, but on the archetype’s shadows. The problem is not Warrior energy itself, but Warrior energy that is not used in harmony with the other “masculine” archetypes and directed by empathy, contemplation, and order. Fighting itself is not bad, the question is simply: What is a person fighting for? The Warrior’s energy is needed not only in times of war but on all the battlefields of life.

Silhouette of a Spartan Properly tapping into the Warrior’s energy provides a person with an unsurpassable power source that will fuel him to reach his goals, fight for worthy causes, achieve greatness, and leave a lasting legacy. The characteristics of the Warrior in his fullness amount to a total way of life, what the samurai called a do vs jutsu.

These characteristics constitute a spiritual or psychological path through life.

Warrior Characteristic #1 – Aggressive

If you look up the word “aggressive” in the dictionary, these are the definitions you’ll find:

  1. Characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing.
  2. Making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive.
  3. Vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness.

Of the three definitions, the first is most popular in modern culture. Something unprovoked, out of line. Notice how often “overly” precedes “aggressive” in common parlance. Aggression may also bring to mind military policies a person does not agree with. In general, it has a negative connotation.

Female Samurai WarriorBut true aggression should be thought of in the context of the second two dictionary
entries. Effort. Energy. Initiative. Force. Aggression is a neutral tool that can be harnessed for either ill or good. How it is channeled makes all the difference. A person who does not harness their aggression at all picks a fight with everyone and about everything; their relationships fail and then are stunted in their personal development.

The person who reins in his aggression too much becomes the stereotypical weenie Nice Guy – proper aggression turns into passive aggression. They become too “polite” to go after what they want and are seething inside because of it. A person who has successfully integrated the Warrior archetype harnesses his aggression as the force that pushes them to compete to be the best and moves him ever forward towards their goals.

Warrior Characteristic #2 – Purpose

Of course, that proper use of aggression presupposes that a person has goals that they’re striving towards in the first place. A warrior has to have a clear and definite purpose in life, or he/she will feel lost and restless like they’re simply drifting along instead of marching ahead.

Warrior Characteristic #3 – Mindful

Image of King Leonidas holding his sword screamingThe mindfulness of the Warrior is two-fold. First, the warrior is always alert and awake, ever vigilant. They should have keen situational awareness. They never let complacency lull them to sleep; instead, they are always watching, observing, studying, and planning. Secondly, the Warrior is mindful of the finiteness of life and the inevitably of death, and therefore purposefully contemplates that death.

The warrior’s courage is rooted in the fact that he/she is not afraid to die. Life’s shortness brings clarity to their mind. They know that any minute could be their last so they make every day and decision count. Carpe diem! becomes the battle cry.

Warrior Characteristic #4 – Adaptable

soldiers of the revolutionary war pointing their muskets at their enemyDuring the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army knew that it could not match the man and firepower of the British. So instead of facing them down on a field for a traditional battle, the minutemen took to the woods and launched surprise hit and run attacks on the enemy. This is the way of the Warrior. When he’s up against great odds, he bucks convention and uses cleverness and strategic intelligence to find creative ways to turn the tide in his favor. The warrior is an efficient fighter who studies the weaknesses of his opponents and concentrates his strikes there. The warrior is flexible and able to respond to change by shifting tactics on the fly.

Warrior Characteristic #5 – Decisive

In times of peace or crisis, whether for big things or small, the Warrior is able to boldly make decisions. He/she doesn’t stand there, wondering what they should do, scared of choosing the wrong option. They are calm and cool under pressure. Once a decision is made, they unhesitatingly move on it. The Warrior is able to be so decisive because they train so thoroughly for these moments; they are prepared. The warrior thinks about all possible contingencies and what he/she would do in each situation before the crisis arrives. When the crisis does come, the mind and body already instinctively know what to do.

Warrior Characteristic #6 – Skillful

Archers on horsebackPart of the Warrior’s confidence in decisions is rooted in supreme competence. The warrior’s energy is concerned with skill, power, and accuracy. The Warrior has absolute mastery of the technology of his trade…the technology that enables him/her to reach their goal. They have developed skills with the ‘weapons’ used to implement the decisions that have been made.

Warrior Characteristic #7 – Loyal

a knight bowing at an alterThe fighter’s loyalty…is really to himself, to impressing himself with himself and to impressing others. He wishes to be the star quarterback while the warrior’s loyalties, on the other hand, are diametrically opposed to the fighter’s because the warrior’s loyalties are to something beyond and other than himself and his own concerns.

The Warrior’s loyalty centers on “a cause, a god, a people, a task, a nation, larger than individuals. The Warrior has a “central commitment” around which he organizes his life. His life’s purpose is rooted in ideals and principles, which naturally strips away superfluities and pettiness and brings his life great meaning.

Warrior Characteristic #8 – Disciplined

close up of a samurai warrior staringThe Warrior has mastered himself in body and mind. His/her power is rooted in self-control. They know when to be aggressive and how aggressive to be. He is the master of his energies, releasing them and pulling them back as he chooses. The warrior decides the attitude he/she will take in a certain situation, instead of letting the situation dictate how they feel. The Warrior understands his/her limits and takes calculated instead of unnecessary risks. Their discipline also frees them from the fear of pain.

Feeble, mediocre people believe all pain is bad. The Warrior knows there is bad pain and good pain. He/she is willing, even eager to withstand psychological and physical pain on the path to their goals. They’re the type of people who subscribes to the “pain is just weakness leaving the body” philosophy; they relish difficulty because it makes them stronger.

Warrior Characteristic #9 – Emotionally Detached

Kaiso unsheathing his swordNot all the time, but when he/she is in Warrior mode. To complete the mission, the Warrior must be emotionally detached from the fear and doubt generated by his/her own feelings, from the intimidation emanating from the enemy, and from the demands put on them by friends and family. The Warrior needs the kind of mental clarity that only comes from single-minded purpose, or as Kaiso puts it, “The Warrior needs room to swing his sword.”

Switching off that emotional detachment when away from the mission represents a great challenge for the Warrior. The inability to do so can result in one of the Warrior’s shadows.

Warrior Characteristic #10 – Creative Destroyer

The Warrior is the archetype of destruction. However, the Warrior in his fullness only destroys in order to “make room for something new and fresh and more alive.” His is an act of creative destruction he doesn’t tear things down simply for the pleasure of doing so. We call upon the Warrior archetype when we quit bad habits and replace them with better ones or when we get rid of people in our lives who bring us down and surround ourselves with people who edify.

Come join us if you’re read to tap into your Warrior Mind.
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