Summer Time! Is fun time! Many of our students take an extended vacation to visit family during the summer and miss several weeks of classes. Don’t get me wrong, family is important and vacations are important too, but sometimes kids are hesitant to come back to classes after a break. I wanted to go through some common thoughts.read more
Eating out is deeply ingrained in our society. I think it would be very very hard to say to yourself, “I will never eat out, because it’s just not as healthy!” Now it is totally true that you can make less fat and healthier meals at home but…eating out is the society we live in today.read more
There is no silver bullet. There is no ONE thing we can do to be successful. But rather it is the confluence of a thousand “little things that shape our destiny.read more
The word kinda strikes fear in all our hearts, right? "That’s it, I’ve gained too much its time to go on a diet!” Sigh…what does that mean to you? To me it means, I’m going to deprive myself of the food I really like to eat for a certain amount of time, and hope I lose some weight and go back to normal in a few weeks. And many people do lose weight on their “diet” don’t get me wrong. BUT is your “diet” teaching you how to eat for a healthy lifestyle? What is going to happen when you are not on your diet anymore?read more
We thought long and hard about what to call ourselves before we came up with health coach. We thought about weight loss coach, but hesitated because on one hand we do not care if you think you are skinny or fat. But we do care about your health!
The long obedience means consistently doing the right things over and over and over. And there is no other path that will lead us to lasting success.read more
I just realized I promised this blog and never delivered! So here it is! I did not have dread teenage years. I thought teen age years were a blast! My kids were old enough to enjoy and I trained them well as kids, so it was not hard.
I think teens is where you reap what you sowed in the elementary age. If you accept a bit of disrespect when they are young, you will get tons of disrespect when they are older.
One of the most important aspects of martial arts training in my opinion is the process of continuous learning. The martial artists of history were the also the scholars of their time. Keeping with the historical role of martial arts, Steve and I would like to share some of the things we have been learning.read more
We all have a story. Few of us started out overweight. Some where in life things just got a bit out of control and we are left trying to figure out what went wrong. Just as we try to find the “Silver bullet” to help us lose weight, we try to find the “What Broke” to make the fat increase.read more
Ever feel like optimum heath is just out of reach? We do have a lot of factors that hinder us. Let's make sure our own body isn't one of them!read more
I think this is a true statement in all areas of life, but especially when training children. It is so easy to write off a child in your mind, oh well that’s just the way he is…He is strong willed, or lazy or whatever. And you know, maybe it’s true. But if we simply decide to accept that, then we’ve have lost the ability to impact that child’s life.read more
We would like to introduce our new series of blog topics! Black belt parenting! What on earth is that? What do you think about when you hear the term Black Belt? Most of us think of some one who has a degree of accomplishment in martial arts. Let’s take that term to our parenting skills. Let’s figure out how to be Black Belt Parents!read more
Our mindset determines our success. We want students to rise to their best by having a growth mindset.read more
In the Ninja Preschool taekwondo class we have been studying balance: to be centered and focused. We have practiced many fun drills to show our physical balance, but we are also talking about LIFE BALANCE!read more
We all want to rise to our best in every aspect of our life. While the definition of that may be different for every person, we all have a picture of the ideal life for us. While at times we may think, “Yes, I’ve got it!” other times we may wonder if we are even headed in the right direction. Here are a few things that can be a foundation for us and help to make sure we are truly rising to our best.read more
We all want the very best for our kids! We want them to do well in school and life! I just read an incredible book called, “Smart Moves, Why Learning is Not All in Your Head” by Carla Hannaford, Ph. D. She explains how we learn so clearly. I was blown away by what I learned.read more
It's that time again! Life just seems to fly by when you are having fun and I always have fun when I'm at our Martial Arts School! We only have 6 opportunities per year for rank advancement and even though it seems like the last rank advancement was just yesterday, it really wasn't.
So why do we make such a big deal about rank advancement and testing? Because we have seen historically how to be a successful martial arts athlete! We have seen over and over, the students who have the greatest success in our program are the ones who take advantage of every opportunity to better them selves, which includes rank advancement.read more