Surviving and Thriving: Tips from experts

  “Thrival Guide: 2012” four ideas to help you stay on course              Many businesses experienced a 30% drop in revenue in 2008.  How do you survive that?  What do you do when your gross income drops from $500,000 to $300,000 in just twelve months?  If your revenue has dropped and your expenses remain roughly […]

Deal With The Elephant (part 4)

DEAL WITH THE ELEPHANT or IGNORE IT?  (part 4)   IGNORE THE ELEPHANT — LOSE CREDIBILITY There’s this thing called “credibility,” and it means simply, “believable.”       The word comes from the Latin, “credo,” which means, “I believe.”   And I fear that all too few instructors realize that the value of their program is directly proportional […]

Here Comes the Elephant: Part 3

“Number three front kick and reverse punch.  Just watch Madison our JTI leader.  See….step together….kick……land….reach…..punch.   You always kick with the front leg.   OK, let’s all do it now, by the count.”  And so you begin leading twelve basic students, mostly white belts ages 7-12, down the floor.   It’s going OK, but several are challenged with […]

An Elephant in the Classroom: Part 1

  When someone says, “Gee, there’s an elephant in the room.”  He is referring to a common situation in which something has been said or done and yet no one who obviously has heard or witnessed the event says anything about it.    Everyone in the room simply ignores what is so obvious or they all […]

An Amazing Story of Life Skills in the Midst of Heartbreak

“Men are respectable only as they respect.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson All of our life skills, like discipline, honor, integrity, courtesy and respect, form the bedrock of traditional martial arts.  These values set us apart from any other sport or activity and define what it means to be a martial artist. We teach these life […]


“Stress is an ignorant state.  It believes that everything is an emergency”.  Natalie Goldberg–Wild Mind As martial artists, we do everything we can to prepare for outside threats such as bullies, criminals and other people who would do us harm.  But here’s the irony: We have an equal chance of being harmed by a “hidden” […]

Become an Unstoppable Achievement Machine! July 2010

“The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business–or almost anywhere else for that matter.” — Lee Iacocca This month I want to pass along two  powerful strategies to help you reach your goals.  The first is called the S.M.A.R.T. approach to goal-setting.  S.M.A.R.T. stands […]

Personal Victory

“Embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing” – Kahlil Gilbran As this year comes to a close (can you believe we’re almost in 2010?), I feel it’s important to look back and reflect on what we all accomplished this year.  You see, part of growing as a martial artist is patting yourself […]

  NOTE:   Spend a little time reading about Esther and Jerry Hicks and the spirits with whom they are connected known as “Abraham.”    ASK AND IT IS GIVEN is a wonderfully helpful book.     Here is the link.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY: “Let your alignment (with Well-Being) be first and foremost, and […]


An introduction…… In the American Taekwondo Association, there is this annual event called the Tournament of Champions.   You must qualify to enter by virtue of the record you establish in various smaller events over the previous year.   In 2010, after more than 34 years of training, I qualified for this prestigious event.  There were only […]


Bill & Jocelyn Babin 1972–2022  


A great family outing.  


Chief Masters William Babin & Jay Kohl  


Just 20 minutes from the convention center is Desert Botanical Garden.  Here is the place for you to be introduced to the wonderful Sonoran Desert around Phoenix.


My playground, Saguaro Lake.  Located on beautiful Saguaro Lake just east of Phoenix, the Desert Belle will give you an up close and personal look at our beautiful desert flora and fauna and some amazing rocks and mountains. Well worth the one hour drive.


Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB  


Footprint Center is just one of the great venues in the Phoenix Convention Center area.  It is the home of Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Arizona Rattlers, as well as many other events.  BANK ONE BALLPARK, home of the AZ Diamondbacks (MLB) is also nearby.   Google these teams to see if they are playing during […]


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