Jan 28

Kaizen: incremental improvement

Hello everyone! And welcome to the new MetamoraMartialArts.com!

I wanted to start this blog by introducing a Japanese term taught to me by Mr. Hawkey years ago: kaizen.

Kaizen means to improve by increments, which is just what I’ve done with this website in the more than four years I’ve operated it. From basic HTML, to frames, to Invision Power Services and finally to our own self-hosted WordPress blog, I’m doing my best to keep our site current by integrating elements of the latest technology.

But more than just for me, I’m hoping this incremental improvement benefits you, the martial artist (or parent), the most. Improve your martial arts training by researching this site over time, and following the articles or links we may post. Visit the links to other schools and blogs I’ve placed toward the bottom of the page. Follow our Facebook page, and grab make sure to track our Twitter feed as well for exclusive items I may retweet.

I challenge all of you, whether you practice with us or not, to think about the ways you improve yourselves every day. Remember, you don’t have to make huge adjustments every day. The improvements are tiny – incremental – but are still there nonetheless.

Tell us how you make these small improvements every day. Are you reading books or visiting websites? Are you practicing more at home? Are you asking questions? Think about your answer and get back to us!

Adam Bockler

Sensei Adam Bockler is a 2nd-degree black belt in karate and the owner of Metamora Martial Arts. He's been in the martial arts since 2003, and has received instruction in tai chi chuan, Hsing-i chuan, judo, tae kwon do and XMA. Sensei Bockler was inducted into the 2014 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Karate Black Belt of the Year. He is the communications manager for Float Mobile Learning.

  1. Matt Katch 7 Mar 2011 | reply

    I just wanted to say I think you’ve done an amazing job with the site, Adam. You really present the program with pride and efficient, integrated social technology on the web — it’s easy on the eyes (actually, truly professional) and remarkably useful. Keep on truckin’!

    改善/kaizen is actually a fairly common Japanese word meaning improvement. It’s a combination of the characters for to renew/reform and virtuous; in Japanese business it also refers to a philosophy of continuous improvement. Though it may sound somewhat odd, you can say “kaizen shi-ma-shou” for “let’s improve!”

    • Adam 8 Mar 2011 | reply

      Thanks, Matt!

      It’s cool to hear your input since you have the perspective of living in Japan.

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