Shoka Magazine March 2023

Shoka Magazine March 2023 – Cover Letter

Sensei Smilling

Marty Callahan

8th Degree Black Belt

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden,  meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success  of liberty.”  

– John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States

Parents, families, students and friends,

Was John F. Kennedy strong or weak? I believe he was an extraordinary human being. He suffered  from ailments and injuries that would have kept a lesser man down, but he didn’t let them stop him.  How could he say to the leaders of the world that we will “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any  hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe in order to assure the survival and success of liberty”? Where did he get his strength? It’s the old nature vs. nurture question. Was he born with it or did he

get it from the environment his parents created for him. I believe the answer to the nature vs. nurture  question is that it is both. He had good genes but the expectations that his parents had for him and  his siblings played a major role in him becoming who he was. This is what we aspire to do for your  child. Give them an environment that will allow them to flourish, to find their passion, to become all  they can be. What John F. Kennedy’s parents did for him. It’s a wonderful example of parenting at  it’s highest. Let us help you give your child what they need to become all they could possibly be.

Here’s what’s in it this month’s Shoka Magazine:

  • Shoka News (our newsletter)
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned
  • Tough Parenting
  • A Black Belt is a White Belt who didn’t quit
  • Niju Kun #10
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Core Assumptions (Part 4 of 4)
  • Michael E. Gerber Show
  • Commitment, By Deng Ming-Dao
  • Commitment, By Goethe and W.H. Murray
  • Thankfulness
  • Olivia Shane – one of our newest students

Yours truly,

Marty Callahan, 8th Degree Black Belt

Founder, Chief Instructor, Author

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