First day of practice for the year and every one was having fun. Yamaguchi-sensei arranged the usual warm up, Kiho, Drills and sparing but I noticed the kids were trying much harder and also adjusting to the levels of those who were not as big or skilled. This was great to see. We need to understand and respect the level of those around us whether lower or higher. We do karate not just to be stronger but to control our strength. As Yamaguchi-sensei always says, safety is very important.