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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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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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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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How to be a good training partner

One of the things I find difficult for people to understand is how to be a good training partner.  Whether it’s with kids or adults, there seems to be some fine lines that need to be defined.  While everyone has their own way of learning and their own training style, there a few things that…

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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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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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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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Click

When you are trying to learn a skill, there is that moment when it all seems to come together and your brain/body connection snaps into place.  You may come close many times before that, but there is that “click” that happens when everything comes together.  You can find this moment in almost anything: the first…

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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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