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Posted: September 06, 2018

For many families, this time of year brings hope for change. A new school year or brand-new school, bright and shiny new clothes and new activities, which means new goals to create and habits we wish to accomplish. Though they promised you they would stick with it this time, the sad reality is, a few short days, weeks or at best a couple months later, buyer’s remorse sets in and you’re left with that brand new trumpet collecting dust in the corner, those expensive gotta-have-name-brand soccer cleats are now hanging in the mudroom without any grass stains, and all that unused football equipment left a big dent in your wallet. And now those new “goals” are replaced by excuses like, “I don’t wanna go”, “my band teacher is too mean”, “the coach doesn’t like me”, “I don’t like getting tackled”, and so forth. A lot of times the main underlying issue with kids sports and activities, is it’s hard for them to realize all the work that’s going to be involved. Nobody was a world class musician from birth, being a fan of the world cup doesn’t instantly make you a great soccer player (nor give you the right to wear a man bun), and the best wide receivers aren’t the ones with the best hands or vertical leap in their rookie seasons, but the ones who learn to focus on where the ball is going. You’ll need to play the long game.

The power of Discipline

Posted: August 14, 2018

Okay, I admit it. In my younger years as an instructor, I was the happy go lucky type. Not a lot bothered me. If a student didn’t “answer up” loudly or even at all, I’d let it go. If a kid didn’t have his toes fully touching while standing at attention or was even a little wiggly, I didn’t mind. Today, I’m still “fairly” happy go lucky, but I nip the former in the bud a little bit more. Keep reading, you'll find out why.

I think what changed for me was likely equal parts becoming a parent and understanding what some of the adult members and parents of younger students were feeling. What’s more, I was starting to notice the ones that were getting away with a low level of respect and discipline in the past, were now the more senior students that were leading and influencing the culture of our school. We needed some changes.

I still don’t think I’m a disciplinarian like some of the forefathers of Taekwondo were, but I sure don’t have a problem digging in to a kid a little bit more these days (especially if I know the parent is appreciative and supportive). I remember having a profound moment a few years back when we had a younger black belt student who at the time was about 13. He had a good amount of natural talent and wasn’t fully putting in the effort he usually did. That particular day he was trying really hard to be funny, making jokes with others and making excuses about why he wasn’t taking things as seriously.

Avoiding fast food with your kids (plus free recipes)

Posted: August 07, 2018

Hi again,

I see it happen every day. Especially since our Martial Arts Academy is across the parking lot from a delicious oasis of dairy delights that are loaded with added sugar and deep fried everything. I get it parents, you’re busy, the kids are hungry (HANGRY even) and let’s face it, there’s not a lot of healthy choices in the drive thru. Not to mention, bed time is fast approaching.

You could always opt for the box of “Healthy-ish macaroni and cheese” with cute rabbit shapes instead of your kid’s favorite Cartoon Character on the box, but that still requires boiling water and straining the noodles while kids ask, “is dinner ready yet”?

An open letter to parents on their phones during their kids sports and activities:

Posted: July 30, 2018

An open letter to parents on their phones during their kids sports and activities: I know you just want a break from the seemingly long day you have had from work, being the “activity bus”, or even both. You’re right, if anyone deserves it, you do! “Just one quick email,” we say to our kids and spouses. As a parent and small business owner myself, I totally get it, and I’ve even been guilty of it. The thing is, smart phones used to not even bother me, until I became a parent myself. That changed everything.

The different types of Martial Arts memberships [Tips on how to find the school that works for you].

Posted: July 19, 2018

Health clubs, yoga studios, martial arts academies and the like all offer similar membership and pricing structures. I’ve offered some if not most of these at one point in my career. While every school and owner offer what usually works best for them. We believe it is right to offer what is best for the members and customers – after all, they pay tuition, right?  

In essence we asked ourselves, “What would we want to do?”

Here are a few different examples of what’s out there in the martial arts world. I try not to be bias, as I know many good friends in this industry who offer these, but there are some ethics behind them I would question. Not to mention, which ones I recommend avoiding and which ones minimize your risk.

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