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Do You Speak Risk

Do You Speak Risk

Do you know a person who, when their specific subject comes up, won’t shut up? It’s like a magic “Push to Talk” button. This phenomenon isn’t only relegated to friends or casual conversations. There’s a theory about it happening in the business world too; however it’s tied to position or job title. For example, director level executives want to talk about Time. How can they put more time in their and their team’s day. Finance … Read entire article »

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Quitting Karate

Quitting Karate

Withdrawing from class. Stepping away for a while. Taking time off. Quitting. Chose any phrase which sounds the best, but they all mean the same thing. You’re not on the mat training any longer. (For right now) And at certain points in someone’s life, that’s ok. Kenpo is a demanding, time-consuming mistress. The more time you give her, the more time she wants and demands. Along everyone’s journey there comes a point where you have to balance … Read entire article »

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The Kenpo Police

The Kenpo Police

Have you ever been so passionate about something, you were willing to argue with strangers online about it? Most of us have, or at least thought very hard about it. In the Kenpo karate community, those who like to do (maybe initiate?) the arguing are akin to the Kenpo “Police.” They believe it’s their job to point out what’s right or wrong and how all-things-Kenpo should be. For example, a few months back, someone posted a video … Read entire article »

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Going From I Get It to I GET IT

Going From I Get It to I GET IT

In a sales training class, the teacher expounded upon the idea of transference. For complex sales situations, you have a better chance for success when the idea your trying to convey (sell) becomes the prospect’s idea. This usually happens when they can visualize how they’ll use your service to improve their own situation. They go from “getting” what your product does to “GETTING” how they’ll make their job/situation/goals better. This concept of transference, going from get … Read entire article »

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3 Words for 2014

3 Words for 2014

With a fresh start each year many people resolve to change some aspect of their lives. The determination demonstrated to these resolutions is sometimes breath-taking. For others, it’s a wish of what could be. For me though, I partake in the 3 words methodology introduced by Chris Brogan. These words, while not actually goals, provide the framework for a growth direction: not just this coming year, but onward. How did last year’s words pan out? Health - … Read entire article »

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3 Words for 2013

Instead of setting New Year’s Resolutions (Late this month, I know.), it’s become a practice to select 3 words which will provide the framework for mental, physical, and spiritual growth for 2013. The concept of 3 words was spearheaded by Chris Brogan and has become an annual tradition for many. How did last year’s 3 words wind up? Grow - Our school added a student. (Positive Growth) The students grew beyond their boundaries and achieved recognition with new rank. (Positive Growth) Memories were grown as were new friendships and experiences. The table is set for continued growth for 2013. Content - The content goal had two portions. The first was to find captivating stories from other martial artists. To this end, 2012 was great having attend seminars from some of the all time … Read entire article »

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What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

As a father of two daughters and a martial arts teacher, the tragic events from Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have weighed heavily on the heart and mind. The grief of and for the families there is indescribable. In the coming days and weeks, the media will talk about violence in schools, mental illness, gun laws, and anything else to help for a better understanding of “why” the event took place. My … Read entire article »

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Everyone But Daddy

Everyone But Daddy

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a common proverb almost everyone has heard. While talking about how it’s a group effort to teach a child the necessary characteristics to be a responsible, well-round adult, it can apply to martial arts training as well. Anyone who teaches karate to, and specifically spars, with their children will probably be able to relate. As of this writing, my daughters are ages 11 and 13. They’ve been … Read entire article »

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Black Belt Thesis: How Blogging Can Help a Karate School Grow

Black Belt Thesis: How Blogging Can Help a Karate School Grow

Like the Brown Belt Thesis post, this is a long article. You’ve been warned. I tested for my Black Belt recently. Though I didn’t pass (this time), and have further improvements to make, this is the Black Belt thesis I submitted. Each martial artist in Kenpo is tasked with creating a black belt thesis to show what they can give back to the art. The topics are far reaching and can cover anything. The goal of mine … Read entire article »

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Blood, Loyalty, and Family

Blood, Loyalty, and Family

Recently, my family and I had the opportunity to tour a little bit of Italy for a long vacation. We spent five days in Rome and ended with five days in Monreale, Sicily. The opportunity came about because my youngest, Venezuelan sister was marrying the Italian man of her dreams. (An epic wedding reception to be sure.) Understand, I was born an only child but have six siblings: two brothers and four sisters. This is because, … Read entire article »

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