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Goal Setting

In your martial arts classes, we talk about goal setting quite a bit. This month, we are going to spend some time talking about setting “SMART” goals. This means setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. Let’s talk about what that means: S – Specific. While “Be better in school” might be […]

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How to Create an Empowering Vision Board

Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them! Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. This powerful tool serves as your image of the […]

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Be Patient and Commit to Your Black Belt

The key to long-term success is to have a long-term perspective. This is especially true in the martial arts. Those that accept this goal, and have the patience, are more likely to commit themselves to earn their Black Belts. Those that are looking for a quick fix, often become impatient and quit. Almost every positive […]

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Calming Your Child

When children are upset, one of the best ways to diminish the intensity of their feelings is to use a communication tool called Active Listening, which involves appreciating their words, acknowledging their feelings, and letting them know they have been heard. Often this kind of listening is enough to deflate the rage or the upset […]

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Kickboxing – The Top 3 Reasons Why It Is Better Than Every Other Group Workout You Will Ever Do

1. BOOSTING YOUR METABOLISM! The explosive techniques of kickboxing are the short path to boosting your metabolism and turning your entire body into a excess fat melting furnace. According to a recent Newsweek Publication article, not only will you burn significantly more energy than the other well-known varieties of health and fitness routines such as […]

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Gratefulness

This month, as we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we are discussing gratefulness in our classes. Gratefulness is a virtue we should all practice. As a parent or guardian, we need to teach our children to be thankful for what they have. We can teach our children to be grateful for their family, friends, […]

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I Couldn’t Help Myself!

“I have no idea how that food got on my plate and in my stomach!” Have you ever uttered those guilty words? Holiday feasts are a wonderful time to relax and catch up with family and friends, but it’s usually over a table laden with scrumptious, wonderful goodies. Exercise moderation, but if you accidentally eat […]

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Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

Remember when you were younger and didn’t have to worry about what you ate or how much you exercised? For many of us, those days are over. Here are a few holiday cheat sheets to help you balance fitness with holiday eating. What Can I Do with Holiday Leftovers? Sandwiches are a great lunch to […]

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Be Courteous

This month’s focus is on courtesy. One of the great attributes we develop as a martial artist is courtesy. One important way we show courtesy in martial arts is with our bow. We can bow on and off the mat to display courtesy to our school and instructors, and even bowing to our fellow martial […]

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Black Belt Attitude

There is a word that seems to be disappearing from our vocabulary. That word is integrity.  I asked 10 people to tell me what integrity is without looking it up. I got many wonderful answers. The American Heritage® Dictionary defines it as, “a steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.” One person described […]

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