Tag Archives: Preparation

Free Kids Safety and Stranger Danger Class

Do you know what your child thinks about strangers? It’s something I ask my students about all the time. And I usually start with the question, “What does a stranger look like?” It’s sort of a trick question. Adults know that the “bad guys” look just like everyone else. But here’s what kids tell me…

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Strangers and What Your Kids Should Know

What is a stranger? The other day, a story came out from Texas of an 11 year old boy who helped foil an abduction. TJ Smith alerted a neighbor when he saw a 7 year old girl being abducted. They chased after the stranger and were able to detain him until police arrived. Coincidentally, Stranger…

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Push-ups and challenges

#22pushups Recently, I was challenged to participate in the “22 day push-up challenge”. In case you haven’t heard of it, the push-up challenge is an effort to bring attention to the number of military veterans who commit suicide everyday as a result of PTSD. This is all to bring it to the attention of people…

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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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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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Bully Prevention and Weekend Review

This month is turning out to be very busy! In a minute, we will look at Bullies since that is the topic of this Friday’s self-defense class. First, though, let’s talk about last Friday’s class and our demonstration at the Bethlehem Star Festival! Last Friday – Stranger Danger We actually had an older group of kids…

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Ten Year Anniversary — Karate in Winder

September marks ten years that I’ve been teaching Karate in Winder. While it hardly feels like that much time has passed, a few recent run-ins have really made me feel otherwise. Barrow County is an interesting place. It’s big enough to feel like there are a lot of people you don’t know but small enough…

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Back to School Checklist

This week, schools start back in Barrow County. I remember being a kid and getting a list of items I would need to bring such as pencils, erasers, notebook paper, glue, scissors, and other classroom essentials. It is interesting to look back and think of both the disappointment of summer’s end and the nervous excitement…

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