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Activities VS. Programs – What’s the difference?

Posted: August 13, 2019

Q: Do our children need to develop physical fitness habits and important life skills?

A: Yes!!

Q: Do kids need daily physical activity?


Let them be bored

Posted: April 04, 2019

Let them be bored.

Full disclosure, this blog not necessarily martial arts related, but is born out of 2 personal pain points.


Why you fail to reach your goals.

Posted: January 02, 2019

Happy 2019 Friends, According to our friends at Best Self Journal, a recent British Study found that 88% of Resolutions don’t last. Social media probably hasn’t made it any better over the last few years either. Worse, is the money wasted on fad diets, REALLY expensive supplements and Highly Priced Gym memberships or basement training equipment that goes unused (except for hanging laundry on) and collects dust instead of giving you “SHREDDED ABS”. The problem isn’t your intentions. The problem isn’t you set your goals too high or that we don’t believe in you, WE DO! Most adults (and sadly a lot of kids today) have weight they would like to or need to lose, but if you ask me it is the lack of a thought-out plan, a formulated goal or system. I tell many hopeful martial arts school owners to “Begin with the end in mind”. What does that mean exactly? What did it “look like” when you’ve closed your eyes, and in your mind already accomplished that goal? Next, what did you have to do to get there? In essence, work backwards from the goal. Then I jokingly say, “If you aren’t willing to work HALF-DAYS (12-Hours that is) in this business, it’s probably not right for you.”


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


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