What Does it Mean to Do Your Best?

The only thing that matters is that you do your best.  The outcome is irrelevant as long as you tried as hard as you could.  We utter these phrases all the time, mostly to kids.  But what does doing your best really mean?  “Your best” is not a quantifiable unit of measure. Let’s consider take a look at someContinue reading “What Does it Mean to Do Your Best?”

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”

The Karate Dad – Episode 14

This episode almost did not happen!  Getting his uniform on was a bit of a struggle.  He wasn’t crying or being fussy, he was just running around laughing, wanting me to chase him.  Anders has actually been doing this when trying to get on other clothes, coats, shoes, diapers, etc.  It must be a phase he’s going through.  I guessContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 14”

The Karate Dad – Episode 3

In this episode, I start teaching Anders his first karate technique, the punch.  He is just over 12 months old in this episode and still quite new to our lessons.  He is still in the process of taking it all in.   Overall, the lesson was a success.  He did several punches with my assistance.  He allowed me to moveContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 3”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Patience

We currently live in a society of instant gratification.  We have a question that needs answering we search the internet from our computers or smart phones.  We need to buy something; Amazon can send it to us the same day.  We need to get a hold of someone, we can call them on their cell phone day orContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Patience”

The Karate Dad – Episode 2

In this episode, we attempt to go over our first class warmup.  At this time Anders was just over 12 months old.  In episode 1, we covered the bow in and bow out procedures, so this is the next part of a regular class to introduce him to. As in episode 1, it is all new toContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 2”

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”

The Karate Dad – Episode 13

It is our first official class of 2021!  At 18 months old, my little man Anders is growing and learning so fast.  We did some mini lessons at home over the holidays so I thought I would test him out at the studio. It took a little longer to get in an official class since our lastContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 13”

The Karate Dad – Episode 1

Welcome to The Karate Dad!  Over the next several months and years, my goal is to document my son Anders’ journey in the martial arts.  The martial arts have been a large part of my life for as long as I can remember and want to share that with him.  As an instructor and studio owner, I willContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 1”