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Word of the Month – Responsibility #2


Week 2


“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”
George Washington Carver, American botanist and scientist


Responsibility for Adults

Successful people share many common traits. They are confident. They are skilled leaders. They also take responsibility for their actions — without making excuses. There may be reasons why their actions are unsuccessful, but they don’t excuse their failures or “pass the buck.” They know the “buck” stops with them. You must also be willing to have the “buck” stop with you, when you are responsible. Though it may be initially challenging, taking responsibility for your actions always pays in the end. Once you accept the consequences of your actions, you can fix them. Every excuse just takes you further from a solution. Every time you accept responsibility for a mistake or unsuccessful consequences, you are one step closer to experiencing Black Belt excellence.

Responsibility for Kids

You and everyone else make mistakes. Making a mistake is a lesson to be learned. You must learn to be responsible for your actions and mistakes. It is easy to make an excuse. You received a bad grade on a test, so you blame your teacher. You don’t win first place at a tournament, so the judges hate you. You’ll never succeed or become better if you blame others. When you are responsible, you can be a better student and martial artist. Did you receive a bad grade in school? Study harder next time. Didn’t pass your last belt test? Practice more and ask for help. When you take responsibility, you are starting to have a Black Belt attitude.

Action For This Week

  • Children – How did taking responsibility for an action help you become a better person?
  • Has one of your friends been responsible? Could you be responsible like him or her?
  • Adults – When have you had to “fall on the sword” at work?
  • Do you find yourself looking for excuses when things do not go our way, or do you look for solutions?


~ C. Matthew White, Renshi and Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for SIX YEARS IN A ROW by the American Budokai International!

Founded in 2013 by Mr. C. Matthew White a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and 6th degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and Master Instructor, Crabapple Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 4-6, and elementary age kids ages 7 and up, are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Crabapple Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay) in shape, or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 770-645-0930. You can also visit our website at

About C. Matthew White, Renshi:  Matt is a fifth-degree black belt in a traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts – Shuri Ryu Karatedo. He is also a sixth-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu – Shintoyoshin Kai Jiu Jitsu, and a master instructor with the title of Renshi, which means Scholar in Japanese.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Physiology. He has been training and teaching martial arts for over 27 years and has owned Crabapple Martial Arts Academy since 2013. Renshi White is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world.

Crabapple Martial Arts Academy Headquarters is in Alpharetta, Georgia at 12315 Crabapple Road., Suite 124, Alpharetta GA 30004. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Sensei Robert Reed there or directly at (770) 645-0930.