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Halloween Safety Tips for Parents, Pt. 2: Night of Halloween

Posted: October 29, 2018

Halloween night is supposed to be filled with scares – but only scares of the pretend variety. Unfortunately, Halloween night poses a few unique risks for kids of any age. Here’s a complete checklist for keeping your little monsters safe while they’re out trick or treating.

Safety in Numbers

Children 12 and under should be accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult. When out trick or treating, accompany younger children to the door. Also, never let children enter the home or car of any stranger. Kids 13 and older are usually mature enough to trick or treat with a group of their friends. However, you want to make sure they only trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods. Be sure those communities and areas are well-lit with sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly features.


Halloween Safety Tips For Parents, Pt. 1: Halloween Preparations

Posted: October 22, 2018

As we reach the end of October, the weather grows colder, the leaves change color and all the spooky ghosts and ghouls prepare for trick or treating fun! As parents, you want your little ones to have a fun, memorable and – above all else – safe Halloween. Here’s a complete safety checklist:

Safe Costume Selection


On the topic of Leadership

Posted: October 01, 2018

My earlier years grinding it out feeling like a “slave to the corporate world” coupled with my seemingly endless quest for knowledge and personal improvement. I find it the topic of Leadership is easily one of the most overcrowded spaces on the continent yet new and recycled principles continue to emerge. In my time I have studied the modern-day pioneers such as Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Earle Nightingale as well as the top leaders of business today, Simon Sinek, Angela Duckworth, Tony Robbins and Carol Dweck. In my recent re-reading of EntreLeadership, by Dave Ramsey, a book I read multiple times per year and reference often, a particular excerpt struck me as if I hadn’t read it all the other times before. Upon walking up to a company BBQ, Dave and his son noticed there were about 100 kids of whom were the children of those employed by Ramsey Solutions. Dave’s son who was younger at the time was embarrassed by the number of young kids then and asked his dad how long he would be required to stay.


That one time I tried to “QUIT” the martial arts business.

Posted: September 19, 2018

The one-year anniversary of me officially purchasing ATA Chanhassen is quickly approaching. So, this week I thought I would share a bit of the story about how it all came to be.

In 2007, I got the best job ever. I was teaching martial arts and getting paid for it. My life was made… right?

One small problem, I was young (and possibly naive), and my main hobby turned into my dream job. I never realized until later, but the minute I took that job, despite all my wants and desires to be a “success” in the martial arts world. I immediately lost all ambition. Many people work their whole lives and still don’t know what they want to do when they “grow up”. For me, I had achieved what so few do and much too soon.


Mindful Tips to Use When Kids Don’t Want to Attend Class

Posted: September 11, 2018

GUEST BLOG POST 

One great thing about the martial arts industry is the ocean of amazingly creative and inspirational people it creates and attracts. My great friend and colleague, Ryan Johnson uses these helpful tips in his academy, Johnson’s ATA in Sioux City, IA. He’s graciously allowed me to both steal them for use in our academy and share them with our loyal parents and readers.

Ryan is not only a Master Instructor in Taekwondo and teaches Brazilian Ju Jitsu, but also one of the foremost experts and speakers on the topic of bullying. He is the author of “Bully-ology”; How to use Martial Arts to Stand Up for Yourself, Defeat Bullies and Show the World What You Can Do. Get it on Amazon for just, $3.60!


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