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Tom Costigan reviewed Kiefer's Martial Arts
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KMA is easily probably one of the best dojos in the state of Rhode Island. The dojo is beautiful, the staff are the best, and the training is one-of-a-kind. I've been training for about 3-4 and a half years here and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. If you're thinking of looking into martial arts, this is the place to be.

Randy Shepherd reviewed Kiefer's Martial Arts
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I have take Martial Arts at many dojos in my life and Kiefer's Martial Arts is one of the best with top level instructors that are passionate about their art and Renshi Mike Kiefer is one of the most personable instructors I have worked with. Our daughter Heather, just earned her 1st dan black belt in June, and she knows that if she puts her mind to somthing no matter how hard that she can accomplish it. Thanks Renshi Mike, Sensi Rob and all the others that make this dojo an excellent place to train.

Julie Eberly reviewed Kiefer's Martial Arts
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A year ago I joined KMA's fitness kickboxing program and immediately got hooked! If you're hoping to get in shape for 2017, there's truly no better way! Scared to try it? Don't be! You'll be able to start at any level and quickly build skills and stamina, all the while shedding those unwanted pounds!

Heather Reifinger reviewed Kiefer's Martial Arts
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Keifer's Martial Arts has had such a positive effect on Tyler. He is becoming a very confident capable young man because of this program. For parents it is additional positive reinforcement to what we are teaching at home. His grades and attitude toward accomplishing his goals has completely been reformed in the last 2 years of attending this school. This is a life changing activity for your child and skills that can be continued into adulthood. Thank you for what you all do for Tyler and the rest of our Martial arts family.

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Think Beyond Black Belt

I am truthfully thinking about a small change to our Student Creed… “We are a Black Belt School…” The actual meaning and intent of saying this is to say that we should all live by the principles of Black Belt and have the attitude of a Black Belt. Unfortunately, I think many people and many students misinterpret this part of our Creed to mean, Black Belt is the end of karate training. Once I get my Black Belt, there’s no more to learn and no farther to go. Nothing could be farther from the truth…

In my own journey of nearly 22 years, and having attained a 5th Degree Black Belt, the one thing that has become crystal clear is how little I know in the grand scheme of Okinawan Karate. Some people find this puzzling. How, after so many years, can you not know EVERYTHING? Without getting into details, please trust me when I say that when I train with my seniors and see the things they know and are capable of I literally feel like a White Belt again. Plus, you must understand that with Karate training, in order to maintain sharp skills, fast defensive reflexes and reactions, and speed and power in your technique, you must continue training. It’s life long, not a season or something you do for a year or two. You may hear the term Karate-Do… Do means “the way”. This is a life protection art and skill, it’s not something we play to win a game. Grandmaster Gichin Funakoshi once said, “Karate is like boiling water. When you remove the heat, it returns to its tepid state.”

So, in my opinion, how should we think? The answer is simple… think like a beginner thinks. Embrace the fact that you will never know everything or become perfect, though that is what we strive for. Always be eager to learn more, train hard and be humble no matter what rank you wear. Understand that getting your Junior Black Belt or 1st Degree is only the very beginning of your study of karate. You have solid basic skills at this point, but actually very little understanding of what your karate is capable of. Maybe we should say “We are a Red Belt School” because that more accurately fits what our training should be… a lifelong pursuit of physical, mental and spiritual betterment. Embrace the idea of “Shoshin” which translates to “Beginner’s Mind.” After all, isn’t knowledge, skill, and high moral character far more important than the piece of cloth you wrap around your waist? Karate should become a part of you, not just something you squeeze into your schedule twice per week.