This Guest Post is by Natasja T. Goodin, a student in the Hikari Dojo. The daughter of Charles and Nayna Goodin, she is an 8th grader at Moanalua Middle School.
Almost all my life I have been a ballet dancer and a Karate student, which are two very similar practices. You'd generally think that they have nothing in common, but you'll be surprised to know that they are alike in many ways.
As a Karate student you are very concerned about your technique and you always try to apply yourself. Surprisingly, in dance we are told the same.
One thing that I find most interesting about Karate and dance is that I am told to engage my lats (latisimus dorsi) in both. In Karate we are told to do so because we're not just using our arms, but we're creating tension for our koshi, and it helps you to generate power. We are taught to do this in dance because when you are turning, you have to feel as if you're a rubberband that's being pulled because like in Karate, it creates tension. Also it helps you balance.
Dancing and Karate also include a lot of determination and dedication. To become good at both, you have to want it and you have to be willing to practice and be a hard worker.
Both, Karate and dance have made me a better person. In both classes we are not treated as students, but we're treated as equal humans.
Natasja T. Goodin