How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Focus

We live in a world filled with distractions.  Television, internet, cell phones, apps, games, tablets, and the list can go on and on.  When was the last time you just did one thing at a time?   As adults we are trained that being a multi-tasker is an essential skill.  However, we try to teach our kids that theyContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Focus”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Responsibility

With great power comes great responsibility.  Well said Spiderman.  Great leaders also have a strong sense of responsibility.  Being responsible is hard.  We all think being responsible is being a person that can be counted on to follow through on things.  While this is true, there is much more to it.   I feel most people are relatively good at doingContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Responsibility”

How to Raise a Manly Son

When I was growing up, boys were raised to become manly men.  When my father and grandfathers were growing up, this was even more of a focus.  In today’s day and age, I feel this is still important.  Before people get offended by this statement, let me define the term “manly”. If asked to define what it meansContinue reading “How to Raise a Manly Son”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Perseverance

In this post I will be going over how to teach kids about perseverance.  Perseverance is an essential ingredient for success.  People that quit everything do not get very far in life.  Setting goals is an important thing to do but without perseverance you will never reach those goals. A karate black belt is just a white beltContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Perseverance”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Respect

In this post I will be going over how to teach kids about respect.  As I’ve mentioned in many previous posts, kids pick things up from their surroundings.  Typically, kids who are disrespectful have either not been taught respect or are surrounded by others who are disrespectful.  We all need to remember this when weContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Respect”

Teach Your Kids to Be on Time

I have always been a stickler for punctuality.  The old saying “5 minutes early is on time, on time is late” never applied to me.  It was more like “5 minutes early is late; 15 minutes early is on time.”  Before I even started karate, if my mom was running late taking me somewhere, I would freak out.  IContinue reading “Teach Your Kids to Be on Time”

How to Make a Rivalry a Good Thing

This coming Saturday will mark the 117th meeting of Michigan and Ohio State, often referred to as The Game.  Arguably (to some anyway), this is the biggest rivalry in all of sports, not just college sports.  An aside, when I first moved to Seattle, someone tried to convince me that Washington vs. Washington St., dubbed the Apple Cup,Continue reading “How to Make a Rivalry a Good Thing”

Put Down the Phone

This article will start with two true stories that I personally encountered while teaching at my karate studio. These two stories will clearly illustrate the intent of this post. My first commercial karate studio was located in a space that was 1100 sq ft.  At one point we had around 225 active students (not all at onceContinue reading “Put Down the Phone”

The Pyung Ahn Parent

In many karate styles, practitioners train in a set of forms called Pyung Ahn or Pinan.  For those non-martial artists out there, a form is a prearranged set of techniques that teach students certain fighting applications. Many of these forms, like the Pyung Ahn, are hundreds of years old and have been passed down for generations.  The purposeContinue reading “The Pyung Ahn Parent”

Pay Attention to The Details: Why Overlooking Seemingly Little Things Can Have A Big Impact on Your Child

I’m doing the best I can.  We’ve all heard it.  We’ve all said it.  Before having a child, I was always a little critical of those parents who showed up late, forgot something, left something behind, etc.  After having a child, that stance softened…a little.  While I have a greater appreciation for those of us getting by, doing the bestContinue reading “Pay Attention to The Details: Why Overlooking Seemingly Little Things Can Have A Big Impact on Your Child”