Have the Courage to Try New Things

Have the Courage to Try New Things

As martial artists, we understand the value and importance of building good habits both in and out of our training. We know that planning and sticking to a solid routine is the key for positive growth and success in every area of our lives. But sometimes we

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Stranger Safety Tip – What is a Stranger?

Stranger Safety Tip – What is a Stranger?

  What is a Stranger?  A stranger is anyone that you don’t know well. It’s very common for kids to think that strangers look scary or dangerous, like a monster. It’s important to teach children that this is not true, that a stranger looks just like everybody

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Don’t Eat The Marshmallow!

Don’t Eat The Marshmallow!

Back in the 1960′s, a researcher named Walter Mischel conducted a simple experiment. A group of 4 year olds were placed in a room with a plate of marshmallows. They were given a simple choice: you can eat ONE marshmallow now or wait 15 minutes and eat

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Why Compete in Tournaments?

Tournament competition is about more than just winning trophies, it is an essential element of martial arts training. If you haven’t competed in a tournament yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. The benefits of tournament competition are so great, that if you asked me “What does

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The Concept of Healthy Competition

It’s no secret that at our schools we are strong believers in the importance of competition to the development of quality martial artists. Healthy competition encourages people to try harder, push beyond their comfort zones, and to identify their strengths and weaknesses. However, sometimes competition can have

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The Best Always Get Better

As you all know, this past weekend we attended the EFC Summit in Washington DC. In attendance were Martial Arts Instructors from all across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Many of these people were new instructors just starting out, while others have been professional martial artists

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Fall Down Seven Times… Stand Up Eight!

There is an old Japanese saying, “Nana-Korobi, Ya-Oki”. This is translated as “Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight”… and it goes a long way in describing the martial arts philiophy of indomitable spirit It is said that struggle and crisis reveal a person’s true character. That anyone

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Better 30 Minutes Early than 1 Minute Late!

Punctuality is a very important life skill to develop. Being on time shows both respect and discipline.  Being on time, like all things, is simply a habit. The earlier on in life we learn this habit, the easier it is to keep. Being late is also a

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10 Ways to be a Better Martial Artist

Show up on time for class – Actually, show up early. Use the 15 minutes of open mat time before your class to warm up, stretch out, and practice. If you’re attending 3 times per week, this extra time adds up to almost 40 hours of additional

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Goals: Mr. Hogan’s Banquet Speech

This past weekend was our Association’s Staff and Leadership Team Banquet. It was a lot of fun and was a great opportunity for all of us to reflect on the past few years as well as set some goals for the future. The keynote speech was presented

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