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Xiaolu Philosophy

"It's not karate, it's life"

Xiaolu (pronouced Zhao Lee), is focused heavily on maximum effectiveness. The very name Xiaolu means 'efficiency'. But our quest for efficiency is not limited solely on your physical techniques. We believe that karate is simply a metaphor, or an analogy for the rest of your life:

Developing a mindset for efficiency in one's kata translates to seeing ways to improve efficiency in ones thinking outside of karate

Developing the ability to cope with the stress and fear that will arise during a sparring match translates into better ways to cope with stress and fear in other aspects of your life.

The confidence and communication skills a student gains while teaching their fellow students at Xiaolu translates into confidence and communication skills while presenting an idea at school, or at work.

The timing you learn in karate, and the ability to capitalize on it, translates into seeing rythyms in other areas of life, and seeing how to capitalize on the patterns

The accustomed nature one gains about their body while doing contact drills with other students in class translates to a more accepted view of one's body image in other environments

Learning to respect instructors and their rules translates into a better respect for authority in other areas of life

The pressure you feel when you are made responsible for running a class accustoms you to leadership in other areas of life

The situations in class where you lose among friends teach you how to lose gracefully in other areas of life

The situations in class where you win among friends teach you how to win gracefully in other areas of life

Learning how to hit hard will teach you to recognize your full power in class and in other areas of life. Learning how to not hit at all will teach you control

Learning where your strength brings victory in class will help you recognize other situations in life where strength can bring victory

Learning where your strength brings defeat in class will help you recognize other situations in life where strength will bring defeat

Learning how to redirect your training partner's power in class will help you learn how to redirect the power of others in life.

Learning how to use your strengths against your opponents weaknesses to achieve success in class will help you do the same in life

Learning how to focus your mind, body, and purpose to become overwhelming in class will help you become overwhelming in life

Learning how to deal with emotions caused by fists and feet attacking you in class helps you deal with the same emotions cause when other types of stressors attack you in life

Controlling your breathing when you are in stressful situations in class help you control you breathing when stressful situations happen in life. Controlling your breathing gives you peace and calm

Developing the ability to fight in class removes the desire to fight outside of class

Learning how to make use of force decisions based on predefined standards in class helps you make decisions based on predefined standards outside of class. This promotes action on your part

Learning how to move independently of your opponent helps you move independently of others in life

Learning how to move in synchronicity with your opponent in class helps you learn the same in life.

Learning how to imagine attacks occurring in four dimensions (left-right, up-down, front-back, time) in class help you develop visualization tools to apply in life

Learning how to follow through your strikes in class help you develop follow through in life

Learning to develop other senses in class helps you understand more in life

Learning how to not quit in class helps you learn how to not quit in life

Learning from more senior students teaches you humility

Teaching junior students teaches you responsibility

Calling dojo is first step to training at dojo. hint, hint... ;)