Give Up or Turn It Up… The Choice Is Yours!

“Work hard in silence. Let success make the noise!”

Don’t ever let anyone work harder than you! You cannot always control if someone is better than you at something, but what you can control is how you respond to it. You can either give up or turn it up.


Giving up is easy and is what losers do when they face a challenge. Winners always turn it up and do everything in their power to outwork those around them. And when they do, they do not make a big deal about it. Instead they just feel grateful for how far they’ve come and look forward to getting even better.

There are many ways you can outwork others. In your martial arts training, besides working out on a regular basis, you could train on holidays when you know others are taking the day off. In class class you can strive to have the lowest stances, highest kicks, most powerful strikes and fastest blocks. You can work to get lower in the splits, have the best safety falls and the most effective self-defense skills. You can make it a goal to get hit the least in sparring, have more stamina than your partner and throw the most combos in a match. Whatever you choose, there are countless ways for you to improve.

Class Discussion Questions:

• What could you improve on the most in martial arts/school/work?

• What are some goals you could set that would help you improve?

Superstar 4 Life Missions: Here’s a few terrific missions to help you to Be Your Best…

1. DOUBLE POINTS: Improve your martial arts. How? Ask your instructor what you can do

to get better and then go home and work on it. Post a video of what you practiced on

Facebook &/or Instagram #BeYourBest.

2. TRIPLE POINTS: Practice at home at least 3 days per week for a minimum of 10

minutes each time. This is the only way to truly be your best on the mat. Post a video or

photo of you practicing at home on Facebook &/or Instagram #BeYourBest.

3. DOUBLE POINTS: Be Your Best by setting & achieving a goal. On a separate sheet of

paper, write down a challenging goal you want to complete in the next 8 weeks at the top.

Then list 3 action steps you need to take in order to achieve it.

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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: [email protected]

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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