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Lil’ Dragon Classes

Lil’ Dragons (Age 5/6 – Kindergarten & First Grade) The Lil’ Dragon program for 5 and 6 year olds is taught in two classes per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). We believe that our 5 & 6 year old students (Kindergarten and First graders) still learn the best by play. Based on this belief, we use instructional approaches that fit their needs. We constantly work to identify safe, innovate, and fun ways to connect with our students to make their training something beyond learning to kick and punch. A major focus continues to be to teach how to help and serve

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Weapons

Just 4 months left in my time here in Wudang. We use the word graduation to refer to September 1st of this year for lack of a better word, but in some ways it is appropriate. Like every graduation I have experienced so far, these months leading up are full of all kinds of things: trying to cram every last bit of training in to get the most possible out of the time, getting ready emotionally to say goodbye to what has been my home for the last five years, trying to imagine what the future holds after graduation and

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Helping teens who feel stressed

The headline in the Washington Post read, “Student stress tied to rash of suicides…”. One parent that was interviewed stated that, “They are under too much pressure. It’s not all about how many AP classes you took.” The stress and pressure so many students feel at the high school level comes from many different directions. They are encouraged strongly by advisers that they need to take AP classes. They are pushed by parents to do well in school and take on a multitude of extra-curricular activities from multiple sports to clubs and organizations – so they can get into a

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Self-defense Prerequisite

Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote. Life and training have been moving forward at quite a pace of late, which gives me plenty to write about but less time to digest the material and get it down in words. I was home in the US this winter, in Maryland for December and January, in New York City February and March. I missed more training than I would have liked, but I was busily trying to lay some groundwork for my more permanent return home in September of this year, so I needed a little more time. I

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The voice inside your head may be lying to you

Everyone of us has a voice inside our head that talks to us when things are going well and when they are not going well. The voice tells us how we “should” feel, when we are having any given experience. We may not hear it loud and clear and yet we do hear it in a way that changes our feelings and behavior. That voice reflects what we have come to believe. Those beliefs create our consequences. So if I have negative thoughts, telling myself that I am not enough, whether it is smart enough, tall enough, rich enough, popular

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