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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Adult Martial Artists - Finding Your Dojo

    Adult Martial Artists - Finding Your Dojo

    I taught a really high energy adult class the other night, like most nights. It is not uncommon for people to come to me afterwards and thank me, as well as compliment me on the great class. I am always honored by their kindness and am grateful to them. Many people just kind of stick around after class, like they don’t want to leave, which is fine. Some use the after class time to practice on their own or together. Some visit and chat with each other and it isn’t uncommon for me to leave and still see people, standing in the parking lot, having long conversations. Some people take a moment each night to see if there is anything new in our library. Some just sit and relax. ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Accidental Apathy and the Dangers to the Development of Your Child.

    Accidental Apathy and the Dangers to the Development of Your Child.

    Accidental Apathy and the Dangers to the Development of Your Child. I knew a family once who had a horribly behaved preschool child. He would open the door to their house and leave it open just to get a reaction from his parents. They would close it and lock it, and he would just do it again. He laughed as he ran up to turn off the television as the adults were watching it, just to get a reaction. Once it was back on, he would do it again, and again. He abused the family pet, threw food around, broke things and was just terribly behaved. These are just some of the examples, and all of them, he would do repeatedly. You may ask, why he kept doing it after his parents punished ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - $22.84 per week

    $22.84 per week

    $22.84 per week for Martial Arts Training. Some years ago, I had one lady at an elementary school’s back to school night stop to tell me she had heard great things about our school, but that she couldn’t afford it. Now, we hear this a lot and it’s funny to me the stuff people will pay outrageous amounts of money on, but won’t spend a measly $22.84 per week to give their children … Self defense skills to protect themselves no matter where they go in life A higher level of physical fitness and an awareness of how to stay fit and eat right Lifelong confidence that will show in everything they do, from school, ....

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  • Adults do Martial Arts Too!

    What we want non-martial artists to know https://youtu.be/H4F6NMw35gk One night I asked my Guardian students (highest tier students in our school) what they think are some early essential lessons we should teach all students. I heard some insightful things, but one thing I noticed was that most of what they contributed, had nothing to do with what you need to know AFTER you enroll, but what you need to know BEFORE you enroll. As a Black Belt who has been teaching for 35 years, I am guilty of, perhaps, assuming most people understand what we do and why we do it. It's called, "Seeing the world with Black Belt eyes." Here’s an example; people think in martial arts, all we do is ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - CLEAN bare feet in the Dojo

    CLEAN bare feet in the Dojo

    Why Bare Feet in the Dojo Weird Dojo Rules Many of the rules we follow in the martial arts training hall, or Dojo (dojo means: place of the way), are based on Asian traditions, but few, if any don’t also hold some common sense values too. For instance, we don’t wear shoes on the training floor and we encourage all students to have clean feet before stepping on the training floor. In some Asian cultures it is bad manners (and bad luck) to track in outside filth to a building, especially a home, so shoes are left outside. It makes sense though. If everyone comes in with super clean bare feet, then the house stays cleaner. If your bare feet are dirty, then you ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Becoming an expert.

    Becoming an expert.

    Building Expertise
    Becoming an expert at something is the same, no matter what the activity is. There are four primary levels of learning how to do something. The first level is called… Unconscious Incompetence
    To the uninitiated this almost sounds like an insult, but all it really means is, you don’t know what you don’t know. At this stage, you have never seen a karate move before, touched the piano or heard Spanish spoken. You don’t know that you don’t know the subject matter. Going from here to stage two is very easy. It’s just a matter of being introduced to the subject matter. It’s called… Conscious Incompetence
    At ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Redirection in battle and in child rearing.

    Redirection in battle and in child rearing.

    Redirection As martial artists, we use redirection all the time with an opponent. I might throw my back-fist up high to get my opponent to raise his guard, then follow up with a cross to the body, an uppercut or a push kick. With students and our children, it should be the same way…without the violence of course. As instructors we sometimes get a particular type of kid, he is referred to in the secret backrooms of the martial arts industry as… “Mirror Lickers.” These are kids who are usually very young, about when we like to start them at age 3, but their focus and impulse control has not been installed yet. This is perfectly ok with us, we love being a ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Your Worst Enemy

    Your Worst Enemy

    Poor coping skills are the leading cause of self destructive behavior, drug abuse, alcoholism, depression and suicide. I am a former Recreational Therapist in a psychiatric facility. It was my job to provide various activities, including physical activities and recreational games for our patients, to hopefully increase their tolerance to frustration and delayed gratification. Life gets overwhelming for everyone at some point or another. If in our youth, we developed our ability to cope with frustration, then as adults we find life’s challenges to be nothing more than speed bumps instead of impassable walls. The best way to learn how to cope, is for us to struggle to learn ....

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