Calming your Child

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         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 … Read More

November Character Preview

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November Character Theme: Gratitude Week 1 THE GOAL: The goal of this week’s lesson is to teach our students what gratitude is and why it’s important. WHAT WE’LL TEACH:   We will teach students that they need to develop an attitude … Read More

Do what you can

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A supportive parent came up to me yesterday after Karate class and thanked me for all we do with the kids.  It was a simple interaction and it made me feel great.  To know that what I’m doing makes a … Read More

A Thank You

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What is a dojo? A place to do Karate? A lot of the time.  A school?  Sometimes.  A family?  Rarely but I think that’s what we have built over the past 25 years. Brainstorming about this blog, I thought it … Read More

Karate- Self Discipline

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This month, students are learning about Self Discipline (Click here to download our character worksheet).  As parents, don’t you feel like sometimes your entire job is reminding your kids to do things?  Clean your room, put your jacket away, put … Read More

Karate- Lessons in Mindfulness- 1.4

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Lessons in Mindfulness Breaking Through Your Limitations Copyright 2003, Martial Arts Fitness Corporation This document is confidential and proprietary to Martial Arts Fitness Corporation and cannot be used, disclosed or duplicated without the prior written consent of Martial Arts Fitness … Read More

Karate- Respect

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This months character theme is Respect (click here to download a character worksheet).  Respect is extremely important in Karate.  Just take a look at our logo.  It’s not someone kicking over their head, it’s not a student breaking bricks, it’s … Read More

Wasted Talent

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If you’ve never seen the movie A Bronx Tale, it centers around a young man growing up in New York.  In the movie, “C”, as the boy is known, idolizes the mob boss who runs his neighborhood.  Although his father, … Read More

Karate- Growing a Positive Attitude

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This month, our character lesson centers around Attitude. You can download the April Character worksheet here.  Every single class, students recite the Karate Creed.  The first line is, “I am Positive.”  It’s an affirmation that reminds them how important a … Read More

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