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4 Pillars to Good Health for Children

4 Pillars to Good Health for Children

Healthy kids is what every parent wants.  But sometimes hectic lifestyles make sticking to the basics hard to do.  My word of the month is – Health so I thought I’d write an article on the lessons I’ll be teaching the kids.  My approach to teaching overall Health is a balance between 4 key pieces […]






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Perseverance

Perseverance

Our word of the month for February is Perseverance.  Defined…the word means steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.  This is one of my favorite words/life skills to talk with my students about.  In fact my own little ones have earned several “perseverance awards” from Nayaug Elementary School.  Their teachers recognize […]






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Initiative – taking action on our own

Initiative – taking action on our own

Initiative The word of the month is Initiative.  Simply defined it means taking action on your own.  During my mat chats I’ll be exploring the word and it’s meaning with your children.  Specifically I want to look at examples of how kids can take the initiative in school, at the dojo, and at home.  By […]






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Community

Community

Hi Moms & Dads.  This month my mat chats are going to be on community.  Specifically…how being active, helpful, and responsible members of our community is a good thing for everyone.  Mat chats are interactive discussions held during the first 5 minutes of class. Each student is a valuable member of my martial arts program […]






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Self Discipline – developing an inner voice

Self Discipline – developing an inner voice

Self Discipline is the ability for us to govern ourselves….mind over matter in many cases.  It’s probably the key trait for those know as “self starters”.  This month I’m going to stress the idea of developing a positive inner voice.  And of course kids will range in their ability levels to self discipline.  My goals […]






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BJJ for Kids

Good day blog reader!  Check out this BJJ for Kids demonstration of the kneeling shoulder throw.  My instructor Brad Wolfson runs his dojo, Soulcraft Martial Arts in Hamden and just posted this cool little clip. BJJ for Kids is FuN My program is a mix of BJJ for Kids (without submissions), Action Karate (kickboxing skills […]






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Back to School 2015

Hi Everybody.  Wow that was a fun summer and it flew by.  My kids are now ages 6, 8, and 11 so we were packed with activities, camps, and a few short vacations.  But all good things must come to an end and summer is no exception.  The good news is that we have new […]






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Goals

Goals

Hi Moms & Dads.  The topic of the month is how to set and achieve Goals.  Not soccer goals but milestones in school, martial arts, and other youth activities.  My mat chats will aim to define the word and discuss the concept of working through obstacles to achieve. Summer Special Since it is early July […]






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Teamwork

Teamwork

Hey blog readers.  The word of the month is TEAMWORK.  I’ll define it for the kids as “….working with others to accomplish a goal.”  Communication and cooperation are my focus words.  I chose them because regardless of the team setting (sports, classroom, or just friends) they are the cornerstones to working with others. Teamwork Game […]






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Goodwill – get a kick out of helping others

Goodwill – get a kick out of helping others

This month we are holding our 4th Kick-A-Thon contest and fundraiser.  It’s a great event to challenge the kids and teach a lesson about Goodwill. I’ll be talking to the kids this month about how doing nice things for others is a great thing to do.  The little ones are focused on winning a big […]






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