VIRTUAL GRADUATION for 215 Students Training Martial Arts Online!

🤯 VIRTUAL GRADUATION! Over 215 students 🤯 tested and passed! “There I was, in the middle of the corona pandemic… we were losing lives in our country, businesses were shut down, people were in quarantine, the political landscape was crazy, and I— “Yeah. Exactly. What were you? What did YOU do? What will YOUR story be? THESE students have an …

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DOOOGGGG PIILLLEEEE!!!

Those were the good ol’ days! Thirty years ago in karate class, it wasn’t the best idea to come to train on your birthday… If Master Arthur found out you came to class on your birthday, he stopped everything to celebrate!! “Celebrate…” “It’s Don’s birthday today!! DOOOGGGG PIILLLEEEE!!!” Everyone would proceed to pounce on the birthday kid, holding him down, …

Beautiful Song, Horrible Life Coaching

I just listened to the song “ Que Sera, Sera .” I have heard it my entire life… but only JUST paid attention to the lyrics. It’s a beautiful song by Doris Day, and the people she is singing about are asking about the future, and her blanket answer is: Whatever will be, will be.   Whaaaaaaat?!! I’d like to …

Stop & Bow… at Starbucks??

We are the products of our habits, whether good or bad. It’s been said that we are what we repeatedly do. Which is why we regularly walk into Starbucks and BOW AT THE DOOR! Every time we enter the karate school, we teach our students to bow in as a sign of respect. The karate school is an oasis, a …

Protein from Beans, Nuts and… CRICKETS?!

Any time someone finds out that I eat a plant-based diet, the immediate question always comes up: Where do you get your protein? Where do you think, people?!? Crickets! They are a quick snack, you grab them on the go, and you find them just like you find chips in the couch! YUM!! Everyone knows the answer (beans, legumes, hummus, …

Burpees in the Boardroom

It’s a new month! I love beginnings. With goal setting, you can always reset or start something new at any time, but it always feels like something magical occurs on the firsts. First of the week, first of the month, first of the year… So it’s the PERFECT time to evaluate where you are with your goals! Are you on …

Crying at the Karate School

It’s happened twice in the last two weeks… Once by myself as I walked into the school, and once yesterday while I was teaching a class. Last night, I was lining up my beginner class, and this overwhelming feeling of gratitude hit me. Our students were on point. They were totally engaged. They were focused. Everyone was there to train. …

Yes I Can

“Yes, I Can”

What I’m about to share with you could change your life. It changed mine and is at the heart of everything I do. “Yes, I Can.” These words, combined with the brief to back them up, must permeate everything we do. “Yes, I Can.” When you show up to karate class and you step on the mat, you bow to …

Give it to the Scariest Student

Scary students. That’s what I want. Mean. Intense. Kind. Compassionate. Monsters. Yes… yes, I do. And the red stripe this week went to… the scariest student! In every class, we finish by recognizing one student with a red stripe on their belt, the “attitude of the day” stripe. We present it to someone that we feel made the most progress …

Teeth Brushing on Vacation

I’ve decided that when I’m on vacation, I’m going to stop brushing my teeth. No toothbrush. No toothpaste. No floss. But it totally makes sense, right? It’s VACATION!! You Don’t do anything on vacation!! When I’m home and working, I always have to brush my teeth. I wake up, I brush. There is never a morning that you want to …