On Controlling Yourself, with Braden

Five-year-old Braden is a wise young man. Here we discuss Dojo Kun number five: controlling yourself, and finish his Dojo Kun interviews. (Earlier, he talked about 1: trying to be good, 2: telling the truth, 3: not giving up and 4: being nice.) J: Braden, what is Dojo Kun number five? B: Cultivate per’verance or…

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On Being Nice, with Braden

Braden has a lot to say about being nice. That’s how he talks about Dojo Kun number four. (Last time, we talked about Dojo Kun number three and not giving up.) J: Braden, can you say Dojo Kun number four? B: Develop a respectful attitude. J: What does that mean? B: Treat others how you’d…

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On Not Giving Up, With Braden

Last time, Braden and I discussed Dojo Kun number two. Today, we’ll discuss not giving up and Dojo Kun number three. J: Braden, what’s Dojo Kun number three? B: Cultivate perseverance or a will for striving. J: What do those big words mean? B: It means don’t give up. J: Don’t give up… and what…

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On Telling the Truth with 5-year-old Braden

Last time, Braden and I discussed Dojo Kun number one. Today, we’ll discuss telling the truth and Dojo Kun number two.   J: Braden, can you say Dojo Kun number two? B: Keep an honest and sincere way. J: Can you put that into easier words your little brother might understand? B: Yes. Tell the truth.…

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On Being Good with 5-Year-Old Braden

J: Braden agreed to talk with us about Dojo Kun number one: being good. He is five, and Braden has enjoyed karate for over a year now. B: Well, sometimes I don’t enjoy it so much like when it’s time for class and I don’t wanna go because I’m building an awesome lego skyscraper or…

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With the Dragons

Poem by Jenifer Tull-Gauger Don’t even try to talk to me When I’m with the dragons. For that short span, A couple times a week, I am in a different world. I must focus all my energy On keeping the dragons busy, Active, productive and learning. They are young and have Short attention spans. They…

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Self-Control How-to, Part Three

Here we have the final part of a three-part series on using self-control. Part one covered ways of contented daily living and attitudes that will contribute to the ability to control oneself. The second part gave techniques for using self control when anger threatens to rise up. Here, we will cover letting the “fire that can…

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Self-Control How-to, Part Two

Welcome to the second part of a three-part series on using self-control. Last time, we looked at step number one in my formula for following Dojo Kun #5: Fire Hazard Prevention. I covered ways of daily living and attitudes that will keep “tinder” to a minimum. They prevent and help us use self-control on the…

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Self-Control How-to, Part One

Welcome to the first of a three-part series on how to use self-control.  Following Dojo Kun #5 can help us in our daily lives. Today, let’s focus on becoming more calm, cool, collected, and happy! Translated literally, Dojo Kun #5 (Keiki no yu o imashimeru koto) means: “It’s important to be cautious of/admonish the fire…

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Message: No Person is an Island

I recently had the same message, about being a part of a group, coming to me from various sources.  When that happens, I take notice, and see if I can apply it to my life.  I heard this point in a podcast interview with Peter Bane.  He said, “By taking care of our larger ‘selves’—our families,…

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