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Off The Beaten Playing Field

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Karate is an integral part of many people’s lives and is often something people continue throughout their lives. Many start the sport in early years childhood, as with the case of senior Daniel Tsentsiper. Originating from Japan, karate is a sport of discipline, power and respect. “I don’t care how strong you are, how high you can kick, how hard you punch. If you’re disciplined and respectful, that’s all I care about,” Tsentsiper said. There are many kinds of karate, such as Japanese karate and parts of mixed martial arts, each with varying philosophies on the way to learn the sport. Tsentsiper is currently a second-degree black belt and certified instructor at his dojo. He is in charge of the promotion process in which young martial artists achieve a higher belt level. “Seeing their eyes light up, seeing their faces when they get promoted is my favorite thing,” Tsentsiper said. According to Tsentsiper, the promotion process isn’t easy either. Students need to show their discipline, along with respect and memorize five skill sets, or kadas, with each around 30 moves long. Tsentsiper plans on continuing karate throughout college and the rest of his life. “I want my kids to do [karate] with me at the same time,” Tsentsiper said. “I want them to be disciplined and strong. It’s something I want to continue for the rest of my life.” Overall, karate has changed the way Tsentsiper sees the world, perceiving and carrying out his actions in an much more efficient and disciplined manner.

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