December 2016

ESL Business Teacher Articles: Shu Ha Ri

Shuhari (Kanji: 守破離 Hiragana: しゅはり) is a Japanese martial art concept, and describes the stages of learning to mastery. It is sometimes applied to other Japanese disciplines, such as Go.

Shuhari roughly translates to “first learn, then detach, and finally transcend.”
shu (守) “protect”, “obey” — traditional wisdom — learning fundamentals, techniques, heuristics, proverbs
ha (破) “detach”, “digress” — breaking with tradition — detachment from the illusions of self
ri (離) “leave”, “separate” — transcendence — there are no techniques or proverbs, all moves are natural, becoming one with spirit alone without clinging to forms; transcending the physical

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What is Shu Ha Ri
  • Why should we practice this
  • What are other models we can follow
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson was believed to have been born in the late 16th century, English explorer Henry Hudson made two unsuccessful sailing voyages in search of an ice-free passage to Asia. In 1609, he embarked on a third voyage funded by the Dutch East India Company that took him to the New World and the river that would be given his name. On his fourth voyage, Hudson came upon the body of water that would later be called the Hudson Bay.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Henry Hudson
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: James Naismith

James Naismith was born on November 6, 1861, James Naismith was a Canadian and American sports coach and innovator. He invented the game of basketball in 1891. He is also credited with designing the first football helmet. He penned the first basketball rulebook, and established the basketball program at University of Kansas. Naismith has been given numerous posthumous honors for his contributions to the world of sports. He died in Kansas on November 28, 1939.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Elizabeth Stanton

Elizabeth Stanton was born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an abolitionist and leading figure of the early woman’s movement. An eloquent writer, her Declaration of Sentiments was a revolutionary call for women’s rights across a variety of spectrums. Stanton was the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 20 years and worked closely with Susan B. Anthony.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Elizabeth Stanton
  • What impact she had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Geronimo

Geronimo was born in June 1829, in No-Doyohn Canyon, Mexico, Geronimo continued the tradition of the Apaches resisting white colonization of their homeland in the Southwest, participating in raids into Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico. After years of war Geronimo finally surrendered to U.S. troops in 1886. While he became a celebrity, he spent the last two decades of his life as a prisoner of war.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Geronimo
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: John Smith

Born in 1579 or 1580 in Lincolnshire, England, John Smith eventually made his way to America to help govern the British colony of Jamestown. After allegedly being saved from death by Pocahontas, he established trading agreements with native tribes. With his governing tactics called into question, he returned to England in 1609 and became a staunch advocate of colonization via his published works.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was John Smith
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio in 1921. He became the 32nd U.S. president in 1933, and was the only president to be elected four times. Roosevelt led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II, and greatly expanded the powers of the federal government through a series of programs and reforms known as the New Deal. Roosevelt died in Georgia in 1945.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Theodore Roosevelt

Born in New York City on October 27, 1858, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was governor of New York before becoming U.S. vice president. At age 42, Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest man to assume the U.S. presidency after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901. He won a second term in 1904. Known for his anti-monopoly policies and ecological conservationism, Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending the Russo-Japanese War. He died in New York on January 6, 1919.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Theodore Roosevelt
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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