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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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Life Skills: Optimism – The Definition

Each month we will discuss a life skill with all of our students. This month the word is Optimism.  This word will be defined in the following ways for our students.     Young students: Optimism means: “I look on the bright side!” Older students: Optimism means:  Believing and expecting everything will work out for the best Each age group has a worksheet that parents can use to continue the discussion at home with their children, and one for adults to allow them to think more deeply about the skill and how it applies to them. Would you like to receive the worksheet? Stop by

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See how BLS girls Kick It!

During our first Kick It! workshop, we focused on martial arts, positive role models, and creating a mission statement! What is a mission statement? It’s a poem, quote, phrase, paragraph, or any form of an inspirational statement, that serves as the road map for your life!  It’s based on your values, purpose, and how you will apply those qualities to your life. Why make one? A mission statement guides you while making decisions so you can feel good about them later.  In addition to making a personal mission statement to guide decisions and actions, we encourage you as a family to

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Self Reliance & the Challenge For Parents

Self reliance and resiliency go hand in hand. Instilling this sense of self reliance in our children requires that we know when to step in and when to step back. We want to build the independence and encourage our children to explore without fear of failing, but at the same time not push them too fast for where they are developmentally. This is quite a balancing act and as a parent or teacher we will get it right sometimes and we will make some mistakes along the way also. The challenge for the parents is being able to watch our

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