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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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workplace bullying part 2

Work is a big part of our lives and it should be a place where we can be productive and safe.  Sadly, that is not always the case.  It makes it tough because we can’t just up and leave if someone is bothering us.  We’re forced to interact with people not of our choosing.  We…

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who has their back?

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to be a presenter at Fort HealthCare’s Camp 911.  Camp 911 is a one day camp for kids filled with 1/2 hour classes.  Examples of the classes presented were bike and outdoor safety, mindfulness, CPR & first aid, yoga, a tour of the Smoke House, our police K-9…

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What’s your first line of defense?

Last week, I was talking with some people and when they learned that I am a martial arts instructor, they asked “Ok, so I attack you. What do you do?”  I really dislike this line of questioning.  Not because I don’t enjoy the conversation, but because the average person doesn’t realize that there is no…

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Manipulation

Physical abuse can often be seen, but what about what you can’t see?  What about the things agencies like PADA and the police can’t do anything about?  What about the emotional manipulation that crushes self-esteem, makes you feel badly about things you are proud of and makes your soul feel dark?  In these blogs, I…

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Learning responsibility

Learning responsibility is our theme for the kids in our current session of karate classes.  We can look at what it means to be responsible in many ways, whether it be for kids or adults.   There is being responsible to meet your financial obligations, following through on a commitment, doing your homework and being…

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An ounce of prevention…

There has been a lot of discussion on social media recently regarding sexual assault and the best way to prevent it.  Obviously, the best answer would be for all humans to have respect for each other and keep their hands to themselves unless invited.  However, since this is not currently the case, we need to…

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NO

No. It’s one of the first words we learn and also one of the first we try to get around.  As children, our parents may tell us “no” and then when they are not looking, we do it anyway.  As parents, we say no, but sometimes cave in to the begging, whining, or bargaining.  Our…

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Starting karate as a grown-up

There seems to be a misconception that martial arts is something that you need to start as a child or at least as a teen-ager.  While it’s good to start young, it isn’t a requirement.  Personally, I didn’t start martial arts until I was in my late 20s.  I have students that started in their…

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Prey

  Imagine for a moment that you are a woman out with her friends at a bar or club. There is a man that keeps interjecting into your conversations trying to get your attention.  You are polite and answer him so as not to be rude, and do it with a smile on your face.…

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