Living the black belt lifestyle

Samurai Karate Studio, Self Defense, Columbia, South Carolina, Karate, Martial artsOur past three weeks we talked about the differences between getting a Black Belt and “becoming” one.

We shared stories and analogies to help you see the importance of “living” the black belt lifestyle as opposed to just “getting” a black belt.

Here is a quick review:

The stories of the BONSAI TREE and the GREAT SEQUOIA TREES made us realize that we get to choose who we want to be, and what we become with our lives.

Unlike these two trees that have no choice in what they are – we get to choose! We can choose to be mighty and great like the Sequoia trees or we can choose to stop growing and waste our potential for greatness.

The story of the old man who was challenged by the two boys that had a bird in their hands reminds us that where we end up in life is “in our hands”. You are responsible for you! The decisions you make will move you closer to your goals or further away. You have the power to choose – so choose wisely.

Finally, we talked about the Loser’s Limp.

When people fall into negative thinking, they tend to make a variety of excuses for their behaviors. It’s easy for us to make an excuse as to why we aren’t giving our best to become our best.

We can say; “It’s too hard, or, no one else does it”.

But excuses don’t make you better.

When you make excuses you’re not being honest with yourself and the only thing you are doing is stunting your own growth. A true Black Belt is one of the Heart. It’s someone who demonstrates that they live the black belt lifestyle of excellence on and off the mats.


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About SKS

Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.

Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.



Sensei Feldt is a certified instructor for C.O.B.R.A., a worldwide self-defense, and personal protection program. SKS offers Active Shooter Training, Real Estate Safety, 10 Week Self Defense Academies, Bully Workshops, and Child Safety Camps.

We also provide corporate safety training.


Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars

Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at:

Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.


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