Mental Karate for Leaders

Spring 2019
Evening and Weekend
Graduate Only
Class Size: 15
4 Credits per quarter
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Welcome! “Onegai Shimasu”: Please do your best, I ask of you. I ask of you to learn alongside each other as we explore the building blocks of leadership in ourselves and within the seen and unseen world around us. Kara comes from the Zen concept of “empty”, Te is the Japanese word for “hand”, and Do means “the way or the path.” Therefore, we will be studying mental "Karate-do" for leaders: The way of the empty hand.

Whenever a leader serves the public, asks big questions to find solutions, supports staff, follows initiatives, manages a meeting, prepares for a presentation, engages in conflict resolution, leads planning efforts or adapts to change... the leader is empty handed. They must rely on the leadership-self they developed internally.

“Spirit first, technique second.” Gichin Funakoshi

In this course:

  • We will become a Sensei or teacher to ourselves and others about leadership.
  • We will each learn kata or a pattern of movement through leadership development.
  • We will each practice the bunkai or applications of the techniques we have learned.
  • We will lay the foundation for our studies through leadership praxis.


Spring 2019 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

GR (4): 30377

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In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Evening and Weekend
Advertised Schedule

Tues May 14, Jun 4, 6-9p &  May 18-19, Jun 1-2 9a-4p Sat/Sun

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First Meeting

SEM 2 E1107 - Workshop