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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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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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Control and awareness

One of the rules of our dojos, as set forth by Kyoshi Brad Wells, is to never lose self-control or act in a violent manner.  The acting in a violent manner part is pretty self-explanatory.  However, the self-control part is somewhat up to interpretation.  Some people would say that it means to control your temper.…

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The adults of Shin Gi Tai Wisconsin

I’m very proud of all of my students.  The majority of my students are kids, but many people don’t know that we have an adult class as well.  This class is a diverse and unique group of individuals and is growing.  Some of them are probably snickering at my use of the word “adult” as…

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Keep it simple

Far too often, we make things more complicated than they need to be.  Sometimes it’s because we are overthinking everything.  We analyze, re-analyze, try to figure out the whys and the why nots and how to make it better whether it be in work, relationships or activities that are supposed to enjoyable. Other times it’s…

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more fun with Legos

I have been talking a lot with my students about how karate can be a lot like playing with Legos.  Each block is like a technique.  The nature of it doesn’t change; it’s still the same color and size.  What changes is how you use it. Is it part of the hood of the bat…

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Teens and tweens

It’s been said that teenagers are the explanation as to why, in the animal kingdom, some mothers eat their young.  As a mom, I remember times that I could understand this!  However, I truly love working with tweens and teens. They are so bright and funny when they want to be.  However, they have their…

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The biggest battle

Who is your real battle with? Competition can bring out some very good things in a person – it can encourage you to work harder than you ever have and give you an opportunity to show off your skills.  However, it can also bring out fear and a lack of self-confidence.  It can highlight a…

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Warriors

Merriam-webster.com defines the word “warrior” as 1. a man engaged or experienced in warfare: or 2. a person engaged in some struggle or conflict.  It originates from the Middle English “werreour”: to wage war. It brings to mind images of soldiers, knights, vikings, spartans, samurai, gladiators and the like.  However, I run into warriors every…

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Just some observations

Last week was the last regular week of our karate session before the holidays.  I like to focus on sparring the last week of each session.  The students work hard on techniques and kata all session and it’s a good opportunity to be able to put some of what they learned into practice.  However, it’s…

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