What does being a black belt and being a child mean? Are we saying by letting kids earn black belts that we think they are able to defend themselves in any situation?
Honestly my goal of teaching taekwondo is NOT to teach self-defense as much as it is to teach kids self-control. I want teach kids the wisdom needed to live a life that never needs self-defense. To me what the kids get out of their martial arts journey is so much more meaningful than simply self-defense or how to fight.read more
Why private lessons? Don’t you teach everything they need to know in taekwondo classes? Why yes of course we do! But…it’s pretty impossible to critique the tiny movement details necessary for a great martial arts form in a classroom setting.read more
Here is some explanation about the new team structure we implemented recently.read more
Hopefully it doesn’t seem like we over talk this! But we really have your child’s success in our minds when we encourage them to test! We have seen over and over again: the ones who do not test turn into quitters. Sad but true. The child is demotivated and doesn’t want to come to class. All their friends tested and moved to a new rank and they didn’t get to.read more
We all know about the importance of setting goals. But wa cannot forget obout our personal vision.read more
We just returned from a martial arts show and seminar series where we got tons of great ideas for making our martial arts school even better! We are still processing all the great ideas we learned and trying to decide which will work for us.read more
Most successful and happy people are generous. Here are some ways I can be a more generous person.read more
Why is the subject of eating red meat so controversial? For that matter, why is the question of what is a nutritious diet so controversial?read more
Want to have success in martial arts? Find out the things that successful Taekwondo students do!read more
Since we have another tournament coming up very soon it seemed like a good time to talk about the why we should compete. Tammy and I have competed in nearly every local and national tournament since we were Green Belts. Are we some sort of competition junkies or something? No, not really. But I can say that one of my most memorable experiences in my martial arts journey, happened at a tournament. It was a priceless family moment for me that would not have happened, if I were not competing.read more
This should be the last blog on the practical side of eating healthy. This is part 2 of the shopping list. This is what I like to have on hand. It’s so much easier when you’ve planned ahead and have a freezer full of meat. We bought a half of a grass fed cow in June and still have lots of ground beef, a roast or two, briskets and lots of soup bones left. The steaks went first…what can I say.read more
This week I thought I’d talk a bit about how I go about making a plan. This comes rather easy for me, so I assume it’s easy for everyone. But I get questions occasionally that make me think maybe it is something that needs to be addressed. Plus meal plans are a part of every “diet” book or site. So rather than giving you simply a list of our meal plans I thought I’d talk a bit about my thought processes in making up our plan.read more
A Well Stocked Pantry Means a Happy Cook!
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I rarely stick with my meal plan. I’ll come home and say I feel like_______ tonight and I’m very happy if I have those ingredients at my fingertips. So what do I keep stocked up on? (These posts are my style of shopping lists.)read more
In an effort to add value to our adult Taekwondo and fitness program we were encouraged to offer meal plans. Which we thought was a really good idea until we came down to the practical side of it. There are a lot of meal plans available on line (one of the most interesting is at the bottom of the page) but I personally have never ever used someone else’s meal plans. When I look at meal plans I generally just glean ideas from them and tweak meals we already eat.read more
Do you like my title? I figured it would grab attention. Please go back and reread part 1 to make sense of this because I’m just going to hop into part 2. We are talking about why we don’t really “know” scientifically the best way to eat. Most of the studies are not reported accurately or true scientific studies are not being done.
So here goes:read more
We are inundated with headlines saying that science has now proven this is how we should eat to be healthy. No, no this is what we need to do. Why can’t the “experts” agree? Here’s my limited understanding of why we don’t know the healthiest way to eat. Because it seems like it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out right? We’ve sent men to the moon; we should know this.read more
I recently heard of a student who told one of us that they didn’t see the point of testing. I’ve been pondering this a while and one of the best ways for me to ponder is to write.read more
Looking on the Internet there are hundreds…probably thousands of blogs on how to eat healthy for adults. Not many people tackle how should kids eat to be healthy. But we all know from observation that obesity affects kids as well as adults. Eating is such an emotional and cultural experience, and family bonding time as well; that makes it hard to change.read more
Some people are planners by nature. Others are not. I tend to be in the not category. I can spend hours pouring over a great healthy cookbook and not try one recipe because of lack of planning. Is it New Year’s Resolution time yet?
But planning for health is so important. Without it life happens and unhealthy choices become so easy!read more
When I was in the middle of my weight loss I was on a roll. Think snowball rolling down the hill. Finally I was given some keys to weight loss and I was having success! It’s exciting to see a goal being fulfilled and that change is a motivator to keep on doing what you’ve been doing to see that change.read more