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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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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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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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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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What brings adults to the dojo?

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of November already.  In Wisconsin, it seems a little surreal since the temperature is well above normal for this time of year. However, winter and the holidays are upon us whether mother nature agrees or not. As the year comes to a close, many of…

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teaching our kids to say “no”

Looking at the title of this blog, you may be thinking “Are you kidding me?  That was my kid’s first word!” While that may be true, at some point we also start teaching them to not say no.  Don’t talk back!  Respect your elders! That’s rude, don’t talk like that!  There are times when our…

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Me too and something better

Everyone is weighing in on the “me too” phenomenon.  The participation on social media started by actress Alyssa Milano using the simple phrase “me too” for women to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted has been astounding.  The last numbers I saw were over 500,000 in the first 24 hours alone.  Sadly,…

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What are PINs and how can they help you?

Most people have learned to acknowledge October as breast cancer awareness month.  We honor this in our dojo with pink belts, pink shirts and sometimes even pink uniforms.  However, there is another deadly problem that we also need to remember to acknowledge this month.  October is also Domestic Abuse Awareness month.  Seventy-six lives were lost…

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