Traditional Okinawan Karate:  A Teacher’s Perspective

By Christopher Miller, Head Instructor of Traditional Okinawan Karate, Butler NJ, 5 Degree Black Belt.

Lessons from the Dojo: Part 1   

     A Martial Arts Teacher has a great responsibility to its students.  A traditional teacher is responsible to encourage, motivate and provide tools for students to be successful in and out of the Dojo.  As student’s problems arise (and they will), a teacher will call on the vast lessons of the past to try to help the student (or parent) overcome, diffuse and/or adapt to the new difficulty.  

     In the Dojos (Martial Arts Schools) that I have trained in, the teachers have passed down knowledge through small antidotes.  I hope some of these help you as much as they have helped me.


  1. “Others are Others, I am I.”  Do not focus on other people’s success or decisions.  Focus on your own. In life you are only competing with yourself.
  2. “If the wind fails, Go to the oars” Success is built on momentum.  It is great when momentum is on your side; but if it is not, create your own.
  3. “Small hinges move big doors.”  It is the little things that create success in and out of the Dojo.  If the hinges don’t work well, neither will the door.
  4. “A sweaty Gi (uniform)” looks good on me!”  Get to work, you will feel better after you have started your training.  You will also have a sense of accomplishment.
  5. “If you never climb the mountain, you will never see the view.”  GET TO WORK!  Decide which mountain is worth climbing and begin.
  6. “How Does a mouse eat an elephant? 

     One bite at a time!” If you look at a large 

     problem as a whole, it may seem intimidating.    

      But if you break it down into pieces the 

      problem becomes more solvable.


   If you have questions about Martial Arts and you would like to try 2 Weeks of Free Classes; Please call 973-626-1888 to speak Mr. Miller at Traditional Okinawan Karate.  Traditional Okinawan Karate is located at 1375 Rt 23 South Butler NJ 07405.  

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