Never give up

The power of persistence is very compelling. Whether it is with someone you love or a goal you wish to obtain, never, never, never, never give up. This story reminded me of this life “truth”. Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could…

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WHAT IS A BLACK BELT?

It’s a piece of material designed to go around your waist, right? Anyone can buy one, make one, or even wear one. Wrong. Anyone can wear one but is your character ready or morally ready for one? Most people feel they are physically ready no matter what shape they are in (excluding true Martial Artists…

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Traditions In Bowing

In the martial arts there is a lot of bowing going on. People bow when they enter the school, they bow to each other a lot, they bow to the instructor, they bow before sparring. They seem to bow to everything but the water fountain. We often have a hard time understanding this because the…

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The Swordsman

Long, long ago there was a master swordsman who had trained his three sons in the art of the sword. He decided that the time had come to retire. The master balanced a wooden pillow over his curtained doorway in such a way that the smallest movement of the drape would send the pillow falling…

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Powerful Mind

The Martial Arts has a rich history which has been passed down for centuries from sensei to student. On the surface, the Martial Arts appear to invoke violence; however, if one looks deeper you will see that the essence of the Martial Arts is opening your mind. The following story, the empty cup, unlocks the…

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Goals and Obstacles for “Martial Arts Students”

In our first Martial Arts lesson we learn how we should always set our goals high in order to achieve more. There are differences between goals and wishes! Write down your goals in a piece of paper and review your goals regularly, and this alone will turn your wishes into strong goals. The majority of…

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Freedom To Fail

The teacher was blunt, her words cruel. “He has too many learning disabilities. It’s a waste of time for him to even attend school here.” Later, Ralph Showers overheard his Grandmother soothing his parents with this great declaration. “I don’t know what people think of Ralph. But I know what God thinks of him. He’s…

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5 BALLS

I came across this quote and found wisdom in it. I hope it inspires you. “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit. You are keeping them all in the air when you realize the work ball is…

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MAKING CHAMPIONS OF YOUR CHILDREN

First, work to build your children’s self-esteem. From the day they are born, affirm them a great deal. Believe in them and give them lots of positive feed back. Always express confidence in them and their potential. Try not to compare with other children or with other people. The way people feel about themselves inside…

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Parent Tips on Bullying

One of the biggest concerns from parents is bullying. Some 160,000 kids skip school everyday because they fear of being attacked or ridiculed by bullies. The good news is that these disturbing statistics can be limited with the proper education. As an educator that has worked with hundreds of children on anti-bullying strategies, I have…

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