Quiet ZenHanshi Platt - CMAC Sensei Wallace Platt, 10th Dan, Hanshi CMAC Founder and Head Instructor

Only when the mind is settled can it become quiet and only when the mind is quiet can it become still; it’s only when the mind is still can it see and when the mind can see then it can reach deep into the mysteries.

These are the steps taken in all of budo to really centre the self to focus and be mindful of the task at hand. It is important to remember especially for those going back to school that the point of training is to enhance one’s skills of mind, memory and mobility; to assist one in dealing with anything that comes at you in life.

Child Meditating - Classical Martial Arts Centre - Toronto Central Region

I think everyone would like to be able to make work and school easier which is exactly what martial arts will do for anyone. So I suggest to all parents to do what I do in the class…at home or when bringing your child to class, remind them that by training harder school will become easier because their mind and brain power is stronger; this is an equation they understand and even like. Karate is not just another thing to do, it’s a way to assist one to do all things one does better!

Budo is not a game, it is a Way to enhance one’s life for real self-defence or otherwise.