MARTIAL ARTS

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It’s Tiny Tiger testing, or whatever you call it–advancement, graduation, rank promotion.   This one little  4-year-old boy is slightly distracted by all the activity, and just stands there, still.   He’s been an average student, never really disruptive, but also never super enthusiastic either.   But he’s been in class twice a week and has been doing […]

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Can you believe spring break is right around the corner?  It seems like just yesterday we mapped out our goals for the year.  (How are you doing on your goals, by the way?  Are you still on track?). Anyway, now that spring break is fast approaching, I want to pass along five key tips to […]

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What about all the rest?  Weapons, sparring, self-defense, breaking, leadership? Although the Songahm forms help us to organize most of the Taekwondo curriculum, what about weapons, sparring, self-defense, and leadership?  (In the interest of brevity, I will only discuss WEAPONS in this issue.) Every instructor faces the challenge of ORGANIZING all this additional material so […]

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“It’s difficult to find a courteous person today who isn’t trying to sell you something” – Unknown Federico Freire was glad to be home.  The Marine had just completed two tours of combat in Afghanistan, where he fought terrorists and helped keep our country safe.  He deserved a little rest and relaxation.  So, on Christmas […]

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Age-based instruction I’m always amazed when someone asks, “Can my 10 year old be in class with my 4 year old.  I don’t want to drive back and forth more than I have to.” This is a tough question to answer, but you need to get it straight in your heart and decide HOW YOU […]

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Our goal each month in featuring students and families is to help everyone understand what it takes to be successful in KARATE FOR KIDS.   It’s easy to see why we are featuring Joey Petrone and his parents, Chris and Stephanie.     Read on!! Chris and Stephanie use KARATE FOR KIDS as a way to reinforce their […]

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Welcome to 2011!  This means it’s time to review your results from last year – as well as set your goals for this year.  So in this article, I’m going to pass along 37 of the best goal-setting tips I’ve heard.  Think of it as a “checklist” to keep yourself on track and help you […]

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Jeff & Candice Ebert Modeling The Right Attitude Over the years, we have met many many families.  Some experience huge success in our Karate for Kids program and others not so much.    Regardless of a student’s personal ability or potential, it’s really the parents behind the scenes that truly make the difference. Lack of parental […]

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“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” […]

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