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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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“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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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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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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Who comes to Wisconsin for a seminar?

My blogs have been a little sporadic lately, but with good reason.  No blog last week because I was busy hosting an awesome seminar with Sensei Jerry Figgiani, President and Founder of Shorin Ryu Karatedo International. (SRKDI) I was introduced to Sensei Figgiani and SRKDI by my sensei, Kyoshi Brad Wells. Sensei Figgiani holds the…

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Just a little food for thought…

In past posts, I’ve talked a lot about bullying.  Whether it be online, in the workplace, social situations or school; committed by other kids or other adults.  What we haven’t talked about is you.  Are you your own bully?  The short definition of bullying is the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone.…

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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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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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workplace bullying (part 1)

Last week I reposted a blog about adult bullying.  All types of adult bullying are disturbing, but I think workplace bullying is especially difficult to deal with.  It resembles domestic abuse in that the very nature of the the relationship – business – keeps the victim close. The bully is able to keep the target…

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