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beyond minding your own business

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around why our society is so backwards on how we treat each other.  We feel free to gossip and say what we want about people’s private lives – spreading rumors and expressing our opinions about people we don’t even truly know. Oh sure, you may know who they…

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Teen dating abuse – what you need to know

Did you know that February is teen dating abuse awareness month? Did you even know that teen dating abuse is a real problem? 1/3 of teens will experience it.  It’s not always physical. Often it is more about manipulating emotions and trying to control the other person. I’ve posted this blog before, but it bears…

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Simple doesn’t mean easy

During adult class this week, I was teaching a pre-arranged fighting drill. It was only a 3-4 step drill and the students already knew the techniques. Simple right?  I give you 3 or 4 things to do and then you do them.  Yes, it was simple, but it was not easy.  You see, there’s more…

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“Always do your best”

In almost every dojo, you will find a set of rules. We call it dojo kun. Regardless of the style you practice, they are pretty similar in that they are meant to be guidelines to live by to be a good person and martial artist. These are the rules that were set forth by our…

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Technology and Domestic Abuse

Technology is a blessing and a curse to victims of domestic abuse. It can be a great tool to get help when you need it.  However, the advances in tech also make it easier for an abuser to control, harass and stalk their victims.  I sometimes hear people joking about facebook stalking other people, but…

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suggested reading

I love to read.  I don’t spend as much time doing it as I’d like or should.  I often suggest books for people to read, but it’s not often that I actually buy them to give to people. Dude! The World’s going to Punch you in the Face: Here’s How to Make it Hurt Less is…

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2017 in review

While there were things that happened in the world during 2017 that were not so great, when I look back at what we accomplished with IMOK, LLC and Shin Gi Tai Wisconsin I’d have to say it was pretty amazing!  Personally, I started off the year by receiving my 3rd Dan certificate from SRKDI. In…

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There is no box

It’s no secret that I’m proud of what I do. It makes me happy.  However, when I meet someone new and the question comes up “what do you do?” or “where do you work?”, I almost visibly cringe.  Not because I don’t want to talk about it.  Anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely…

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book review The Difference-A Mental Approach to Martial Arts

I recently purchased The Difference – A Mental Approach to Martial Arts by Jerry Figgiani with Chris R. Vaccaro.  While this book is not very large, it is absolutely packed with good information.  The book is aimed towards martial artists because it encompasses the mental aspects that we strive for such as respect for self and…

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Sometimes it’s not a merry Christmas

The holiday season is considered by most to be a happy time filled with traditions, family and friends.  There are holiday parties, family gatherings and generally an air of good cheer.  However, this can be a really hard time for those in or trying to leave a domestic abuse situation.  Partners that are trying to…

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