Posts Tagged ‘children’

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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WHAT A CHILD NEEDS TO LEARN

Over a decade ago, I watched a documentary about why people land in prison, and why they end up returning.  The biggest take-away was that those prisoners didn’t learn that their actions have consequences.  They don’t make the connection that their choices shape their lives.  The most important thing a child needs to learn is…

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EVERYTHING I NEED FOR KINDERGARTEN, I LEARNED IN KARATE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Years ago, my husband and I decided not to put our oldest in preschool.  We put much thought into this decision – touring several preschools, and crunching our budget.  We couldn’t afford both preschool and a Little Dragons karate program (even though karate was more affordable than preschool.)  We finally decided on…

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PRE-CLASS ROUTINE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Renshi My blogs and newsletter articles often cover the importance of attending class regularly and the etiquette to use when attending.  Let’s take that a step further.  I recently learned how helpful a pre-class routine can be. Putting specific habits to use before you even leave for the dojo is particularly useful…

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POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger The SNL self-help parody goes something like, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me.”  The comedian Emo Phillips said, “What you see is what you get.”  There is truth in comedy. As we go through childhood, we hear at some point that we are bad.  Whether…

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ETIQUETTE, MANNERS & DOJO KUN #4

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Dojo Kun #4 is translated as “Develop a respectful attitude.”  At East Valley Martial Arts – Kenshin Kan, we tell the Little Dragons (3 to 5-year-old students) that it means “Be nice to others.”  When we want to go into more detail we talk about treating others the way you would like…

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DEALING WITH BULLIES

In our classes at East Valley Martial Arts Kenshin Kan, the subject of bullying often comes up.  We talk about how to deal with bullies in schools as well as other places.  We promote using confidence and respect to prevent bully situations.  We talk about stepping in (in a smart manner) and helping victims if…

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Karate Kids Fighting in Self-Defense

It can be confusing being a Karate kid.  You are expected to learn how to physically protect yourself and even defend others.  Yet, you are also expected to be well behaved, follow the rules, and use self-control. You are expected not to be one of those karate kids fighting.  For children this can be conflicting…

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Karate Longevity

…how can a parent support their karate kid to keep a long-term commitment to their training and self-improvement? I have the magic formula!

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NO TIME TO MAKE TIME

…four activities done weekly or more often–is doable for many, but it is a lot. Usually when a student tries to add more than that, it proves to be too much…

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