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Welcome to my weblog (which most people call a blog). The opinions expressed herein are my own personal thoughts and opinions. Check back often for my musings and updates on our school, our programs, and my life.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Halloween Safety Tips
1- Never Trick or Treat alone.

2- Always carry a flashlight.

3- Only go to homes with a light on.

4- Always get mom or dad to check your candy before you eat any.

5- Get a flame resistant costume.

6- Stay on the side walks.

7- Do not cut through back yards or ally ways.

8- Use Reflective tape on your costume.

9- Trick or treat in a group.

10- Always remove your mask when crossing a street so you can see more clearly.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Holidays
The holiday season is now upon us, and we are a very diverse school. We do our best to teach all of our students to be observant,and respectful to all nationalities, religions, ethnicities, and genders. We hope that we are successful in presenting our school and ourselves in a way that makes everyone feel respected and comfortable as a member of our martial arts family. You the students and staff can make a difference in our society by sharing what we learn with others. Triad Martial Arts wishes everyone a blessed holiday season.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Member Referral Program
The highest compliment someone can pay to another individual or business is to tell other people how highly they think of you or the business. We are so honored to have you as a member of Triad Martial Arts Family Training Center, and we would like to reward you for your loyalty to us. When you refer someone to TMAFTC and that person joins any of our martial arts programs you will get to spin the Prize Wheel! The last 2 people that spun the wheel won $100! You could be next!!

Thank you again for being an important part of our martial arts family.
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Commitment
In the month of July, there are many activities and travel that may interrupt our regular schedule of activities, and it is easy to stop or even quit something that we set out to achieve. So this month we will talk about commitment.

Commitment is something that we sometimes forget the importance of. When we begin something, we are usually committed to seeing it through to the end. This is a good habit to have, and that is why it is so important that our children learn the importance of commitment at an early age. If we allow our children to start something, anything, it is important that we encourage them to see it through to the end.

By allowing our children to quit something that they chose to do, we are saying to them, its OK to quit when things get tough or may not be going our way. However, by encouraging them to continue until they reach their ultimate goal, we have started the process that will help them become productive and committed citizens in life.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Has Finally Sprung!
Hooray!! Spring has finally sprung. The flowers are blooming, the trees are getting full and we can finally get outside and enjoy the beautiful NC weather. Oh wait, the kids are sitting on the couch playing with their handheld devices!

Come on guys, get with it! Everyone needs to get some fresh air and sunshine. Now is an excellent time to plan a family weekend getaway. How about the zoo, the mountains, the coast, or even just get everyone together and go to the park for a picnic.

Just get out of the house and have some good family FUN!!!
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Heart Healthy Living
February is National Heart Month! With that in mind, lets all be mindful that there are 3 factors in having a healthy heart. Those 3 things are Genetics, Diet, and Exercise. Now we all know we really can't do anything about the Genetics part of the equation, but we can do something about the other 2.

You don't need to go on any kind of fad diet, or the latest greatest slim-shake you see advertised on TV. The best thing to do is to make smart choices in WHAT you eat, and HOW MUCH you eat. If it comes in a bottle, box, or can you can bet it is processed food, and isn't the best choice. Go natural and fresh, when it comes to food choices.

As far as exercise, it is a proven medical fact, that just a simple walk is a great way to start any exercise regime.

You can always do the gym thing, but you will be more likely to stick with something, if it is simple and easily available wherever you are, like walking, jogging, or even running if you have already been exercising regularly.

Whatever you decide to do, set short term, attainable goals, that way, you won't get overwhelmed and stop exercising altogether.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Community Service
It is the time of year when we seem to always feel obligated to give to charity or do something nice for someone.

Why do we not feel this way every single day? Maybe it's the fact that charities are much more prevalent than the rest of the year, or maybe because Christmas is typically the time of the year for giving and receiving gifts.

Whatever the reason, let's all try to make it Christmas for someone or some family all the time. It doesn't have to be monetary, it could be as simple as picking up an elderly neighbors newspaper in the driveway and putting it up on their porch so they don't have to walk as far, or as your walking from your car to store offering to take someone's shopping cart so they don't have to walk all the way back to the store to return it, or even just giving someone a friendly smile and allowing them to pull out in their car from a side street in front of you, when traffic is busy.

You get the idea, simply put, just practice random acts of kindness year round!
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Safety Tips
With Halloween fast approaching, here are a few tips to share with your children.

1-Never Trick or Treat alone.

2-Always carry a flashlight if you trick or treat after dark.

3-Only approach homes with a light on.

4-Always have mom or dad check your treats before you eat them.

5-Wear a flame resistant costume, with reflective tape on it.

6-Be sure you can see clearly if you are wearing a mask.

7-Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street.

8-Do not cut across backyards or driveways.

9-Remember, 911 can be called from any phone.

10-ALWAYS take your mask off when crossing the street.
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Senior Citizens
Did you know that August 19th is "National Senior Citizens Day"? In 1988, President Ronald Regan created this day to celebrate the importance of our seniors. If you know a senior citizen, and who doesn't, reach out to them and show your respect and gratitude to their generation! We wouldn't be here without them!
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Social Media Safety
There has been much talk in the local and national news about the effect social media has on our children. Whether they are tweens, teens, or even college aged kids, there is a definite effect, some good and certainly some bad.

We as parents have a responsibility to be sure to monitor what and to whom our kids are engaged with and by, when it comes to the Internet and social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Kids are naturally curious by nature, and these portals of communication have built in dangers. People are easily fooled by slick and convincing ads for this or that, or by chat rooms intended for kids, but are monitored by child predators. One just never knows who is really on the other end of that text or e-mail.

We ask that you be vigilant in making sure you know not only where your child is, but who they may be chatting with online. This is NOT an invasion of their privacy, but a safety net to ensure your child's safety and well being.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Years Resolutions
Well, its that time of year when a large number of people start making those New Years Resolutions. Thinking about losing weight, changing their diet, or starting a new activity.


We always see a spike in our membership in January and February and that is a good issue to have.I want to say a little bit about why resolutions are good and to a degree why resolutions are sometimes bad.

First, the problems:

1-You don't gain weight over night and you shouldn't expect to lose weight that fast either.

2-You don't jump into any activity without first researching it or doing a short term trial to see if it suits your needs.

3-You can't create more than 24 hours in a day and it must be budgeted wisely.

Now, the solutions:

1-Always set realistic weight lose goals and the amount of time that is expected to safely lose.

2-Research several options for activities, so if you try one that isn't working for you, you will have a back-up plan, and you don't just give up.

3-Plan to do your workout at a time that best suits your schedule and stick to it at a regular
time and day of the week. Don't let other things interfere with YOUR TIME. Also, plan to do your workout at least 3 or more times per week to gain maximum benefit.

These are just a few tips, I'm sure you can think of many more, but maybe this will get you started on the right track. I won't wish you "Good Luck" because as you know, "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
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Monday, October 8, 2012

5 Reasons Why Taekwondo Makes a Great Homeschool PE Program
This is not my writing, however it is certainly an excellent article on the benefits of what we teach. Excerpt from Home Educating Family Magazine:

1- A good martial arts program teaches respect for others. A misconception many people have about kid's in martial arts is that they will make the kids become bullies. On the contrary, most instructors place a heavy emphasis on stopping a fight before it even starts.

2- Many instructors seek to cultivate an attitude of humility in all of their students.

3- Learning the martial arts helps to build character.

4- A child does not need to be athletic to excel in the martial arts.

5- In the martial arts, everyone participates the whole time class is in progress. No bench warming in our school!

These are but a few of the reasons martial arts are excellent for everyone, but particularly children.

We could go on about the benefits of training in martial arts. Instead, we'll let 11 year old Matthew summarize what martial arts has done for him.

"To become a Black Belt does not entitle me to be a great leader, but character does. I have worked hard to humble myself in the service of my fellow students. It is not the belt, but the students around me that make me a leader.
With leadership comes responsibility. Slowly, but surely, I have learned the the meaning of responsibility, the costs of undervaluing it, and the rewards of upholding it... through Taekwondo training, my teachers and friends at my side cheering me on, and by the grace and mercy of the Lord, I have become a better person."

Very impressive, coming from someone so young, wouldn't you agree? I see this type student come along quite often, not to sound my own horn, just an observation. This is what we live for here at TMAFTC. Making a difference in a person's life in such a positive way makes the staff and I continue to strive to be happy but not satisfied in our service to all of our students and their families.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Five Exercises For Your Brain!
Physical exercise keeps your body fit and it is an excellent way to help boost our brain power and create new neurons. However, here are a few fun ways to exercise that gray matter that you may not have tried:

Meditation relieves stress and activates the prefrontal cortex, an area responsible for advanced thinking ability and performance.

Drawing a picture stimulates the right-hemisphere of the brain and inspires creativity. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece; just get out the colored pencils and start drawing.

Laughter causes a natural release of the brain's endorphins-chemicals that drown out pain and increase overall well being.

Debate strengthens the brain's ability to think quickly and apply intelligence to verbal situations. Work to build up your brain power by engaging in plenty of healthy debate.

Change your environment to stimulate your brain. Drive a new route to work, eat at a new restaurant, or sit in a different spot. Changing the environment helps change the brain!
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Monday, April 30, 2012

Patience - Decisive Contentment
We will follow up last month's exercise facts or fiction topic with another important health problem that you can control. When was the last time you found yourself shuffling your feet impatiently in a line, craning your neck to see what the hold-up is, felt your blood pressure rising, that coiling tension in your chest... impatient while waiting in line, when you should be rushing off to some other important place?

If your like most of us, it probably wasn't very long ago at all. We are all so accustomed to the brisk pace of life, that we are forced to slow down for a moment, we don't know how to handle it. But learning to take these moments in stride has many benefits, both emotionally and physically.

"What's so good about being patient?" begins Debbie Mandel, BellaOnline's Stress Management Editor. "In stress-management, patience can make the difference between an inflammatory response that harms your body and enrages your mind and a relaxation response that stabilizes your glucose levels, blood pressure, digestion, breathing and happiness factor."

Over time you can learn to manage your stress and begin to experience the benefits of patience. The key is to "fake it 'til you make it." At first you will have to consciously choose to practice stress management techniques, but over time, it will become first nature. Eventually, the situations that once induced stress will no longer cause you to experience frustration or tension. If you feel those familiar feelings start to resurface,try some of these activities:

*Slow controlled breathing.
*Exercise.
*Listen to some relaxing music.
*Try yoga or meditation.
*Take a walk.
*Take a nap.
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Fitness Fact or Fitness Fiction?
It's April, the relentless commitment to those New Year's resolutions have gone by the wayside for many of us, so here is a quick quiz about the facts of fitness to combat the myths that abound. Even the most fitness-savvy can be duped by fitness fiction, and following outdated or unproven advice may keep you from getting the maximum benefit from your exercise regimen.


Can you separate fitness fact from fitness fiction? Take this quiz to find out - and consider renewing your commitment to your fitness regimen.

1- When you exercise, go for the intense burn in your muscles.

2- Aerobic exercise is all that really works.

3- When you strength train you will probably bulk up.

4- Exercising in the evening will make it difficult to sleep.

5- Exercise has to be strenuous to be beneficial.

6- You can eat whatever you want if you exercise enough.

7- Abdominal exercise will flatten your stomach.

8- Aerobic exercise will permanently speed up your metabolism.

9- Exercising daily will cause you to be exhausted.

10- The more you sweat, the more fat you burn.


The correct answer to EACH of the above questions is FALSE!

Details will follow next month, so keep exercising!
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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Being a Role Model
You've heard it before, "You should be a role model to your children," but has anyone explained how you are to be a role model? Usually, we look in the mirror and just see ourselves as average and find it difficult to understand why our children look up to us with so much admiration and respect. Here are some ways to understand and discover how to be a better parent role model.

Take a piece of paper and list all the words you associate with being a good role model, e.g. integrity, respect, etc. After you have a list of 20 or so words, write the definition next to each word. Is this how you define them to your children? Do you discuss them with your spouse too?

Next, ask yourself the following questions and grade yourself on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest score.

How is your character?

How do you rate your parenting skills?

How close are you to living by the code you teach your children?

How well do you show respect to your spouse?

How well do you show respect to your children?

Look at any scores below 10 and create an action plan on what you can do to increase that question's score.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Body Language
How well can you read body language? Body language is defined as a form of non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals subconsciously.

What does your body language say? Does it say you're confident, smart, and enthusiastic-or just the opposite?

Only a small percentage of communication involves actual words: 7%, to be exact. In fact, 55% of communication is visual (body language, eye contact) and 38% is vocal (pitch, speed, volume, tone of your voice). The world's best communicators have strong body language -- a commanding presence that reflects confidence, competence, and charisma.

Body language can be broadly divided into two catagories -- open and closed body language. Open body language gives the impression of acceptence and friendliness and tends to attract people. Closed body language illustrates a reserved, distant, and unwelcoming attitude and makes people lose interest or drives them away.

We can make a positive change in our personality by adopting an open body language. A conscious attempt towards this will very soon show positive results in the form of better communication with others.People will find you more approachable and trustworthy. Since body language divulges a lot about one's character, we should always try to use it to our advantage.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Goal Setting
Are some people just lucky, or do they work hard for what they achieve by setting goals?

What is a Goal?
A goal is a specific measurable occurance, object, or accomplishment that you want to achieve, or obtain in the future. It's one from which you develop concrete action plans to take you where and to what you want.

Here is a list of things that may help you achieve your goals:

1- The goals you set must be realistic goals and not just a pipe dream.

2- Your goals can be out of reach for now but not out of sight.

3- Don't set a goal that will contradict any of your other goals.

4- Make sure your goal is challenging enough.

5- Write your goals down, and be sure to make them positive goals.

6- Define each goal completely; don't leave anything to the imagination.

7- Share your goals with people who will be supportive and encouraging. Don't let negative comments alter your goals.

8- Visualize your goal every day until you have achieved it.

9- Review what you have done to reach your goal and catch up if you fall behind.

10- Most importantly remember; "Goals give you a compass in order to direct your path through life."
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Kindness
Dear parents and guardians,

Volunteering is a great way to show kindness. It is a fantastic way of giving back and realizing how fortunate we are to have so much.By serving others, we develop compassion and establish connections with people of diverse cultures and economic situations, and volunteering helps us develop positive self-esteem and learn valuable life lessons. It is a way to be kind to others and make a difference in their lives.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Association
If we are known by the company we keep,then the company we keep ought to inspire and invigorate us to greatness. Leadership is not just learned by scanning words, sentences, or paragraphs in a textbook.It is grasped by the mind and spirit of those who search for it in the lives of others. Aspiring leaders recognize the importance of keeping company with those who have chosen to excel. They listen to them, and watch them. They seek them out. Their words and actions fall on their spirits like drops of moisture on a thirsty sponge.

Aspiring leaders acknowledge that the achievement of others offers a key to unlocking their own excellence. They associate with great men and women not as an act of worship but rather to learn the cause of their success. Every leader should be a mentor. But more important, every leader should have a mentor.

Call it success by association-the people who strive for personal excellence will find a way to rub shoulders with great people around them.

From - Minute Motivators for Leaders
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Why Should I Exercise?
News about exercise changes every month. First, you're told 30-minutes a day of exercise is sufficient, but now it's 60 minutes. Some say it all has to be done at once, but other reports say 10 minutes here and there works fine. No matter how the reports differ, they all agree there are many benefits to exercising, so get up and start moving.

Exercise:

* Decreases your blood pressure.

* Increases the breakdown and use of fat.

* Increases HDL (good) cholesterol.

* Makes the heart pump more efficiently.

* Elevates your metabolism to burn more calories.

* Increases your aerobic capacity, which enables you to have more energy at the end of the day and get more accomplished during the day with less fatigue.

* Maintains, tones, and strengthens your muscles.

* Increases red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

* Increases bone strength.

* Enlarges the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

* Decreases blood levels of triglycerides.

* Improves control of blood sugar.

* Improves sleep patterns.

* Increases the efficiency of the digestive system.

* Decreases a woman's risk of developing endometriosis by 50%.

* Increases the amount of blood that flows to the skin, making skin look and feel healthier.

* Best of all, it makes you feel great!
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Brown Bagging It
As you prepare for your kids to go back to school, one thing many parents forget or put off until the last minute is lunch. You can tell it's true just by looking at your grocery store. There are so many last-minute snacks and lunches that didn't exist 10 years ago. That being said, lunch can be as important as breakfast, especially during the school year.

Children who eat processed food often:

1. Feel slow and sluggish later in the day.
2. Lose concentration easily.
3. Show signs of sugar highs and lows.

Tips for packing a healthy lunch:

1. Include fruit and vegetables.
2. Offer milk or water; never soda.
3. Serve fruit juice; never fruit drink.
4. Prepare a good mix of protein in their lunch.
5. Use 100% whole-grain bread, rather than white.

Another suggestion for making lunches fun and healthy is to get the kids to help. When they participate in choosing and preparing their lunches, they're more likely to eat them. Also be creative; cut sandwiches into shapes and leave notes in their lunchbox.

You're not alone; you can always go online for more information about preparing healthy lunches. It's worth the extra work to earn an A+ from your kids.
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Avoid Procrastination
Don't feel like concentrating? Are you putting off a task or project you're supposed to be working on? That's called procrastination. R.D. Clyde said, "It's amazing how long it takes to complete something we're not working on."

Next time you're about to postpone a task or chore, ask yourself, "Do I have to do this?" "Do I want it done so it's not on my mind?" "Will it be easier later?" Those three questions can give you the incentive to mentally apply yourself because they bring you face to face with the fact that your task isn't going away and delaying it will only make it occupy more of your mind and your time.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Concentration
Concentration is the ability to focus attention on a task, while blocking out other distractions, including sounds and even wandering thoughts.

One way we can improve our concentration is to work on doing one thing at a time. We all have days when we have a million and one thoughts running through our minds. To practice concentrating decide which tasks are most important and focus on accomplishing them one at a time. If you have a large number of tasks, try assigning a start and stop time for each one so you can get through all of them in the allotted time frame.

Think about work, whether it is school work or business work. If you had to do a task, you would make a list of what you need to do to complete the task, such as getting information at the library or online, reading the information, taking notes, making charts, getting pictures, completing the task, looking it over, and making any corrections necessary. By using small steps like these, your task doesn't look quite so difficult.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do I feel I have too many things going on at one time?

What happens when I don't concentrate when doing a task?

Be honest with your answers to yourself and next time try concentrating a little harder. See if this doesn't make a big difference in the quality of your finished task.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Making Good Decisions
Have you ever noticed that once you make a strong decision, it usually happens? Why is that?
Henry Ford said, "Wheather you believe you can or believe you can't, your right." Many times, once you make a decision, your whole body and mind believe and strive to achieve it. On the contrary, if you don't believe in yourself, many times you won't succeed. Having a positive attitude and a passionate outlook can make a difference when it comes to making your decisions work out for the best.
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