Martial Arts and self-defense classes

Martial Arts and self-defense classes

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Looking for a Martial Arts studio? What about if we could tell you that there are places where you can get what you didn’t think existed? Younger Kids. At the very least, our curriculum for younger kids covers activities designed to teach these students how to focus, behaving in groups and paying attention to class. In addition to those we also teach the basics of danger awareness, gymnastics and conditioning. Teenagers and young adults. Our teenagers and young adult program starts with the same basics of conditioning, coordination and self-defense but then get into deeper programs that helps dealing with bullying, stress management and goal attainments. Adults. We have several adult programs that cover everything from cardiovascular health, flexibility, conditioning, self-defense, stress relief, self-confidence, bullying in the workplace and much…
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The Real Martial Arts

The Real Martial Arts

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I was looking this morning for ideas for our December marketing campaign. I looked into photos, different campaigns and quite a lot of propaganda.  At the end of the day I was extremely disappointed as all I could find out was about the ability to fight and in a way be able to beat others. I know that we teach punching, kicking and fighting but there is so much more about the martial arts that we makes us what we are and I think we are losing. The martial arts I know is a family where we care for each other. It is, to quote some of my students, a happy place where you can feel safe. This is a place where we teach about self-confidence, leadership, balance and even…
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Nails In The Fence

Nails In The Fence

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There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold…
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Pokemon Go – “the good and the bad”

Pokemon Go – “the good and the bad”

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Amazing and incredible are words I will use to describe the phenomenon of Pokemon Go.  They are still playing with the Beta version and the growth is amazing.  So far there hasn't been a place where I walk in and people don't know about this game.  But like with everything there is good and bad. The good comes from the basis of the game which makes you get out of the house, socialize, talk and walk.  By itself this is great as technology was making us into an antisocial/dysfunctional community.  I was seen more couch potatoes and wordless conversations between people sitting across each other.  Now with Pokemon Go I see people in public places talking with one another and sharing information.  From the clinical standpoint is almost like a…
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Planning for the future

Planning for the future

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Summer is here and most families simply are just looking a this time as a time to relax from the school routine.  I get it as we also look at this time as an opportunity to spend time with our kids and perhaps, sleep a few more minutes before rushing to who knows how many summer camps.   Yet this could also be an opportunity to prepare for the future. The way I see it is we need to plan so that our loved ones are prepared to the challenges the future may entail.  So rather than worrying about bullying lets give them the chance to learn about self-esteem.  Also, rather than dealing with attention issues; why don't we teach them how to learn and process information.  What about giving them…
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St. Valentine’s Present

St. Valentine’s Present

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It’s just a matter of love.    It’s not only showing your love to them with a present or gesture but finding the right one. But is that what love is all about? For me love is about them.  Doing the best I can for them, spending time with them, worrying about them and above all making sure they are safe (them been those I love). Yet I have seen too much to understand that I cannot be there with them to protect them all the time.  Also that life is about living and that I have to let them make live their own lives. Luckily enough I realize what love meant to me during my time in the military and corrected the situation once I got out.  At that time…
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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

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Yesterday I had a great time with my younger son as we had lunch and discussed life and work experiences.  While we cover many topics the one that I remembered this money was his reference to Groundhog Day.  He went as far as referring a movie, that although I have seen it many times he has never seen, Groundhog Day with Bill Murray (1993). In this particular movie the main character relives the same day multiple times until he learns something and changes his life. My son tale was a little more colorful as he explained that some people don’t learn from experiences.  For example, as he described, if every morning you get to work and the first thing you get is a shotgun in the face; how go thru…
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Tomorrow is a new day!

Tomorrow is a new day!

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  I want to get in shape!  I want to lose weight!   I do not want to be afraid!   I want to be able to defend myself and those I love! How many of you are thinking about this or something similar, yet don’t know where to start?  Even worst, you will simply let it slide and won’t act on it altogether? My point is as follows: This year I promoted a good friend of mine to 6th degree black belt.  That by itself is quite significant as I have only promoted a little over twenty black belts in over forty (40) years as an instructor.  During his test he demonstrated several self-defense techniques, fought a couple of times and performed techniques that anyone out of shape wouldn’t…
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Starting Tae Kwon Do at 50. Are You Nuts? – David Haynes, author

Starting Tae Kwon Do at 50. Are You Nuts? – David Haynes, author

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Water aerobics would make more sense; or maybe even yoga, so why choose one of the “hardest” of hard martial arts, known for its powerful, and sometimes aerial, kicks? The short answer is that it was accidental. My 11-year-old son wanted to give it a try, so I brought him in to Koryo Do School of Tae Kwon Do for a try out class because it was the closest to our house. I took a seat, intending to relax while I watched my son work up a seat. I only got to sit for about five minutes before being invited to join in and learn some simple self-defense moves. I was hooked. Unfortunately, my son discontinued coming after about a year, but I continued. Almost four years and about 1500 hours of…
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