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    Building Self Reliant Kids

      One of the most important character qualities to have, and also one of the most frustrating to teach is self reliance.  I have many parents telling me how frustrated they get with their children because they aren’t more self reliant.  I have a secret, the problem isn't with the kids.  It’s with you. Coming from experience (as a mom and as a bit of a control freak) the real problem is that we don’t give them the opportunity.  Right now you’re thinking, “I give them the ...  Read More...

  • Recognize and Act- Understanding Self-Reliance

    Self-Reliance is one of the most important virtues required to be a true Warrior.  A Warrior is a part of a team.  Whether that team is your family, your friends, your co-workers, or your classmates, one thing is for sure: for a team to work together, they must be able to rely on each other.  A team doesn’t function just because of the efforts of one person.  Everyone has their own set of unique and special assets that they bring to the table.  As a result, each person m...  Read More...

  • Courage is Not Flat

    This month we have been talking to the kids at Pride about Courage. Courage means that we never let our fears keep us from success. Sometimes fear of rejection or ridicule can keep us from speaking out about our beliefs.   Read More...

  • Lord Admiral Nelson

    Lord Admiral Nelson (1758-1805) and his contributions to naval strategy, combat tactics, and leadership have stood the test of time.  Lord Nelson was the leader of the original “Band of Brothers;” his concept of “Mission Command” is taught today in the military academies around the world; and his leadership methodology is emulated across the corporate world. Why is Lord Nelson still a stalwart today as he was some 200 years ago? Admiral Nelson entered the navy in his early teenage years but...  Read More...

  • Are you Battle Ready?

    Steel is one of the great materials of our age due to its strength and longevity.    It is the foundational material in many of the buildings and bridges we use every day.  Many times we can’t see it but it is there supporting those structures and keeping us safe and secure.  Steel, however, must be maintained as it has a major weakness:  corrosion.  Corrosion on steel starts out as simple rust which is fairly easily eliminated.  If not addressed however, it tu...  Read More...

  • Can my Child Be left Alone

    How do you know if your child is ready to stay home alone or ride his bike to school? By asking him. Ideally, your child should know the following twelve points before he is ever alone in public.   Read More...

  • Fight the Good Fight

    I knew after my first week of martial arts classes at nine years old, what I wanted to do when I grew up.  I wanted to  teach martial arts.  I had a connection with my instructor and the leadership at the school.   Read More...

  • 12 tabatas til Christmas

    No Excuses for no time to work out...it's only 4 minutes!   Enjoy! -Coach Jesse tabata_12_days.pdf   Read More...

  • What Kind of Friend Are You?

    Our word of the month for November is Compassion: Investing whatever is necessary in order to heal the hurts of others. Many people confuse compassion for feeling bad when someone is hurt. If that was all there was to it, this would be an easy character quality to master!   Read More...

  • One Slurpee at a Time

    I have been doing martial arts for 14 years, and I would never have developed the skills I need for the rest of my life without it.  But, that doesn’t mean it never got hard, or that I never wanted to quit!  In fact, when I first started, I thought it was too hard.  I didn’t want to push myself to do my best, and I didn’t want to come to class so that the coaches could push me, either! This month at Pride, we have been talking about Self-Discipline: making yourself do what needs t...  Read More...

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    The Pillars of a Pride Martial Artist

    Self-Esteem is satisfaction with oneself.  It is appreciating the gifts and talents given to every individual, but especially you.  Self-esteem is not automatic.  Self-esteem must be built in a supportive, challenging environment.  Through the process of learning new skills; setting and achieving new goals, we begin to appreciate our personal value.  As each student's appreciation for their own gifts and talents grows, so does their self-esteem.  This self-esteem be...  Read More...

  • The Real Benefits of Martial Arts Training

    One of the first questions often asked by those inquiring into the Martial Arts is “How long does it take to get a black belt?”  Not earn one, but get one.  This is one of the most often asked questions of martial artists and a perfect example of the difference in a karate student and a Martial Artist. Non-martial artists have so many misconceptions about what a black belt is that it gives new students unrealistic expectations.  I used to think that a black belt meant you mastered...  Read More...

  • The more Responsibility You Take at Home...

    One of the most essential traits to be a successful leader is initiative.  Recognizing and DOING what needs to be done BEFORE you are asked.  Most often it means doing things that aren’t your responsibility.  John Maxwell’s third level of leadership is production.  It states that people follow you because of what you have done for the organization.  Simply stated in means you have taken initiative. The easiest place to develop initiative is at home.  The more respon...  Read More...

  • Mind Over Matter

         Most of you have probably heard the term “Mind over Matter”, but does it really mean anything to you personally? As a martial artist, it should mean everything. A lot of times we have no control over our circumstances, but the one thing we have control over is how we perceive ourselves in those situations.   Read More...

  • Decisions, Decisions...

    Successful people realize that our daily decisions make or break us.  Many people sabotage their own success by making wrong choices and decisions.  Many of us make decisions without really thinking them through. My wife and I started the Body for Life Program.  We watched the videos, bought the cookbooks, bought all the right food.  My wife spent a good part of a Sunday cooking and prepping meals for the week.  She packed individual meals into Tupperware containers (we ...  Read More...

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