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Stephanie Anne Sullivan Cook reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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Kickboxing classes are high energy, fun and the time flies by! Instructors are very motivated and the entire class is fueled by positive energy and encouragement. If you're considering it, give it a try! You won't regret you did.

Allen Gower II reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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!

Ashlie Elizabeth Hagan reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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!

Bruce Renshi Ross reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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.

Grant M Eisel reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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.

Barbara Olsen reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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.

Adriana Anzai Pettit reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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.
The owners, instructors and staff are very friendly and helpful.

Alexis Rios reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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.

Maisabelemily Arquillano-Sirhan reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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.

Nevin J. Glinka reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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!

Rachael Melendez reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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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!

Clint Allen Horn reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
5
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From the moment I walked in the door I felt welcomed as a part of the dojo family! The staff are awesome and the instructors are second to none in my opinion! I would recommend this school to anyone interested in bettering themselves both physically and spiritually. I am on a better path in my life thanks in part to Kaiso D'Antonoli and the Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu martial arts system. Can't say enough good about this school!

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Martial Arts and a Key Component of Leadership

The Key Component of Leadership

Kaiso presenting to his students in the dojoCommand presence is when you have the ability to step in front of a group of individuals and they instantly know that you are in charge, and thus is a key component of leadership.  It’s important to understand this idea and how it relates to developing leadership for kids and adults.

In the case of an emergency scene, it’s your ability to exhibit self-control while in the midst of total chaos. You could call it chaos control. In a non-emergency environment, such as a Dojo (a place of learning martial arts), it’s when you present yourself as someone in authority, who is trusted and respected.

Most of the time, we hear talk of the command presence of chief instructional officers of the Dojo and even of Yudansha students who act as event and class commanders. But every Dojo member is an officer of the school in some capacity and must learn and practice a command presence both in the emergency (an actual threat in real life) and non-emergency environment (the daily workings of life). This can be accomplished by how you present yourself, how you look, how you act or carry yourself, and how you communicate.

“You can pretend to care, but you can’t pretend to be there,” Bix Bender writes in his book, “Don’t Squat With Yer Spurs On!” He’s describing a vital feature of leadership: command presence. Command presence is not about control, it’s about connecting. More important, it’s not about power, it’s about partnership. Usually, we hear more descriptions of a lack of command presence: talking loud, shouting orders, coming across as demanding or controlling, and maybe the use of profanity to emphasize a point.

Sometimes we see unusual behavior, such as running around in circles without accomplishing anything. When a company officer, who is in charge of the troops in the trenches where the action is, lacks a command presence, he will lose his ability to control his company. This could be the cause of an injury or possibly death, and it will definitely lead to ineffectiveness at the emergency scene.

How You Present Yourself is Everything

Portrait of Attila the Hun“Chieftains must be credible. Their words and actions must be believable to both friend and foe. They must be trusted to have the intelligence and integrity to provide correct information. Leaders lacking in credibility will not gain proper influence and are to be hastily removed from positions of responsibility, for they cannot be trusted.” — Wess Roberts, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun.

How You Look

Every time you step in front of a group of people, they are trying to figure out who you are. They are looking at your personal appearance. They’ll be asking themselves questions such as:

  • Are you dressed in the proper uniform?

  • Do you stand straight and look confident?

  • Do you look organized and prepared?

  • Do you look professional?

Being aware and taking pride in your appearance will help to project a command presence to a group.

How You Act

man in a nice business suitYour physical presence is an attribute that can allow you to occupy space without creating tension. It can draw people to listen to you and follow you. That self-confidence is projected through your body language and how you carry yourself. You have to move with intent. In other words, you must impart the physical presence of a person with purpose, one who is in charge of the situation. You need to project an image of someone who knows where they are and what they are doing. So, knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas that you are supervising or commanding are essential to exhibiting a command presence.

How You Communicate

Communication, as we all know, is usually the vital link to any successful endeavor. Sometimes, depending on the people or the situation, it may require more than just simple directions. The real hope of a good supervisor or commander is to instill, over time, a philosophy or a social norm within his crew. This will provide a clear understanding of the supervisor’s expectations both on and off the battlefield.

A Continuous Learning Process

Command presence does not come with the badge of rank or any amount of accolades; it must be developed through training and education, observed by watching others, and absorbed through hands-on experiences. It is a continuous learning process and should be part of the professional development of every Bushin Ryu Budoka.

In Summary

Kaiso performing joint lock on a studentA lack of command presence can be hazardous to both people and organizations, and will definitely lead to ineffectiveness. Command presence is just as essential to controlling the growth of an organization as it is controlling the groups and individuals growth of its people. So be part of the solution to controlling the emergency scene as part of your growth as a Budoka and not the other which would be to serve as a link to the chaos. Controlling emergency scene chaos through command presence will provide confidence and credibility to those you’re responsible for, as well as for your Dojo and its community.

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