National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month. With kids home from school, it’s a good time to check your home’s first aid kit. The National Safety Council lists suggestions for what to include: Gauze pads (at least 4 by 4 inches) Two large gauze pads (at least 8 by 10 inches) A box of adhesive bandages One gauze roller bandage…

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Bruce Lee and Martial Arts Greatness

Most kids today are introduced to the martial arts through the Ninja Turtles, Disney’s Kickin’ It show, or Kung Fu Panda. My generation was the Karate Kid generation. It was a cultural phenomenon, really. Everyone knew (and still knows) the “crane” or “wax on, wax off.” But for the generation before mine, it was Billy Jack…

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National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month Staying hydrated while exercising is very important. Most of the time, when teaching, I bring water to class. If I’m attending class at my instructor’s school or practicing at the studio I might bring something else to supplement water. Since this is National Nutrition Month, I’m going to share with you…

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Success from Failure

Last night, my adult class practiced no-contact sparring. It’s something we start the beginners with and a good exercise for advanced belts because it develops control. When sparring (practice fighting), we start with no-contact so that students may learn distancing, timing, targeting, balance, and speed with a higher level of safety than if they were…

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So you want your child to learn Discipline in Karate?

Discipline One of the reasons many parents enroll their children in martial arts classes is to learn discipline. But what is discipline? What are we expecting children to learn in Karate class? There are at least two meanings to “discipline”: Diligence Obedience Fortunately, Karate helps teach both diligence and obedience. Let’s break it down and…

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Respect in Martial Arts

A lot of people talk about how martial arts training teaches respect. I have been giving this a lot of thought lately. Karate begins and ends with respect. – Gichin Funakoshi Just before we ended classes for the holidays, my friend Ryan Powell came to visit. Ryan was in town for the holidays and wanted to see…

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Wrapping it up for Christmas

This will probably be the last blog post until the New Year, so I wanted to take a minute and look back at the blog posts over the last several months. In July, I recognized that it was time to take Master Pattillo Martial Arts in a new direction; to pursue new challenges in order…

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Breaking Boards

Breaking boards is one my favorite things to do in Karate. It is probably the thing people most associate with the martial arts. There is a popular scene in Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon where he says, “Boards don’t hit back.” I have always thought it was odd when martial artists, especially instructors, have repeated…

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November – December Karate Newsletter

Karate Newsletter This Thursday is Thanksgiving! It’s amazing how November has already flown by. It seemed like nothing could top how busy October was but November was filled with many exciting events and it looks like December will be, too! Karate Belt Testing We had a great turn out at the November belt testing. As an…

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Fighting for Peace: Winder Self-Defense Class

Peace Place Fundraiser On Friday, October 23, we are hosting a self-defense class geared toward teens and adults. We want you to invite parents, friends, family members, co-workers — anyone interested in learning self-protection skills and information. The class will cost $10 and all the money we bring in will be donated to Peace Place, a…

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