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”

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”

Set Your Kids Up for Success in Any New Activity

I have been a martial arts instructor for over 20 years.  In that time, I have seen thousands of kids as young as 4 years old come in and take classes.  One thing I have learned is that every child is different.  These differences are always most evident during their very first lesson.  Some kids are shy and reserved,Continue reading “Set Your Kids Up for Success in Any New Activity”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Introduction

Teaching kids anything can be a challenge.  Teaching them important life skills such as self-discipline and self-control can be especially challenging.  Over the many years I have worked with kids, I have been able to develop a system for teaching them many of these important life skills.  Over the course of the next 15 posts, I will goContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Introduction”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Integrity

In this post I will be going over how to teach kids about integrity.  I started this series of life skills posts with integrity because I feel there is a serious lack of it in the world today.  You routinely see political figures, business leaders, and celebrities demonstrating a severe lack of integrity, usually just to continueContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Integrity”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Self-Control

In this post I will be going over how to teach kids about self-control.  Self-control is a difficult skill to acquire.  As babies, we learn quickly that when anything goes wrong, we just need to cry, and someone will help us.  As toddlers, we start learning other communication skills as well as physical coordination.  Not only does crying getContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Self-Control”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Concentration

In this post I will be going over how to teach kids about concentration.  Kids are especially prone to a lack of concentration due mainly to the fact that they are kids.  They are still learning how the world works and everything is interesting.  Kids also lack self-control, discipline, and patience so when something is not immediately interesting,Continue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Concentration”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Self-Discipline

In this post I will be going over how to teach kids about self-discipline.  While this post will focus on helping kids learn about self-discipline, many adults may find it useful as well.  Self-discipline is something most people struggle with regardless of age.  How many people struggle with obesity?  Overeating?  Smoking? Procrastination?  All of these can be overcome with self-discipline. SoContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Self-Discipline”

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”

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”