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  Greg Silva martial artist, teacher and author  Are you thinking about fitness goals before the holidays?   Here are a few easy success tips. 

We are told not to shoot for the moon but rather set our sights on the stars.   Problem is that for fitness, this simply doesn't work.

  1. The problem with long term goals is you don't have to do anything today.   To motivate yourself to get started begin with a short 2 - 6 week goal.  Take a martial arts fitness based class twice a week for 6 weeks.   2.  Huge goals are painful because you realistically don't believe you will make it.   Everyone knows that new year goals are often abandoned before the end of January.  Don't plan for a marathon until you run around the block a bunch of times.

3. You do better when you reward yourself for a short term goal.  Maybe subscribe to a fitness magazine after you lose 5 lbs or treat yourself to a  new pair of running shoes.

4. Think of going from where you are in fitness to where you want to be,  as following GPS directions.   Some times you may take a wrong turn.  If the happens on Map Quest the GPS simple re - routes you.   Same with fitness goals.  Have a bad day - re-route and continue your journey tomorrow.

Adults often overlook martial arts as a path to fitness when in actuality martial artists understand what I just mentioned.

Beginners train 2 times a week and most schools offer a 6 week program to get started.   Goals are realistic.   Beginners are not compared to higher rank students and each member is coached on their goals.

Martial Art is based on rewarding progress through short term goals of belts and belt tips.

If you are looking for a fun and rewarding fitness program with a purpose of self defense and protection,  try our Beginner Workshop   Saturday morning at 10 am.


 
 
From Grandmaster Greg Silva -- When I was a young teen, I trained in martial arts.  As a older teen, I lived, dreamed, and thought about Karate all the time.  

All the cool kids in high school were martial artists. I didn’t originally choose martial arts but my parents did.  They worked crazy hours and it was tough on them to get me to organized sports practices and games.   They wanted me to be active so they enrolled me in Karate.  When I wasn’t training at the dojo I was teaching my friends in my basement.  My parents encouraged me and supported my classes and training.

As a result of being an martial arts athlete, I learned coordination, leadership, team spirit, physical strength, and interpersonal skills. I learned how to cope with loss, frustration, and sheer exhaustion. I was taught to respect my sensei (teacher), support my friends at the dojo, and challenge myself.

In fact, sports, martial arts in particular taught me lessons and skills I would not have easily learned elsewhere. Besides, being an athlete was fun.

That’s why I was saddened to read that, according to the National Alliance for Sports, 20 million kid register each year for youth hockey, football, baseball, soccer, and other competitive sports, but about 70 percent of these kids quit playing these league sports by age 13 — and never play them again. The number one reason they quit, says Michael Pfahl, executive director of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, “is that it stopped being fun.”  That is not the fault of sports.  Parents and the right coach can keep the fun factor. Research finds that when children participate in sports, it helps them learn coordination, leadership skills, how to work in a group, cope with frustration, acquire physical strength, and develop communication skills. 

With information like this I began to wonder, how can we as parents help our children have fun being athletic?   How we can support and guide them to be healthy, fit and confident leaders.

I firmly believe martial arts is great for all kids and every child should train for at least a year.

    If you are a parent and would like a free package on raising athletic kids please message me and I well send you a great article I just saw including an interview with Tom Brady Sr.

 
 
We talk a lot about having a "Never Give Up" attitude.  We all feel like giving up at times.  It seems so easy to come up with excuses instead of pressing forward, but that just leaves one with the feeling of regret.  The excuse I hear quite often is, "I'm too old for that!" This man, Deshun Wang, squashes that argument!!  He is the picture of tenacity. What a beautiful picture of never giving up!
 
 
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Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Why Cyberbullying is Different

Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.

Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.

Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.

Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

Be Aware of What Your Kids are Doing Online

Talk with your kids about cyberbullying and other online issues regularly.

Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities. Ask where they’re going, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with.

Tell your kids that as a responsible parent you may review their online communications if you think there is reason for concern. Installing parental control filtering software or monitoring programs are one option for monitoring your child’s online behavior, but do not rely solely on these tools.

Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use.

Ask for their passwords, but tell them you’ll only use them in case of emergency.

Ask to “friend” or “follow” your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.

Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied. Explain that you will not take away their computers or cell phones if they confide in you about a problem they are having.

Learn more at our Stand Up Against Bully event October 29, 2016 at 11:30 am.

 
 
Physical Bullying

Physical bullying is a serious problem, affecting not only the bully and the victim, but also the other students who witness the bullying. Parents, teachers, and other concerned adults and young people should be aware of what a physical bully is and some of the ways to handle it.

There are many types of negative physical interactions that can occur between young people, including fighting, practical jokes, stealing, and sexual harassment. These things are not considered physical bullying unless:

The same victim is targeted repeatedly

The bully or bullies intend to hurt, embarrass, or intimidate the victim

The actions occur in a situation with a real or perceived imbalance of power, such as when the bully is stronger than the victim or has a higher social standing

In this context, physical bullying can take many forms:

Hitting

Pushing

Tripping

Slapping

Spitting

Stealing or destroying possessions, including books, clothing, or lunch money

Physical bullying occurs most often at school, though it can also occur on the way to and from school and after school. Middle school is the age when bullying is most common, with almost all middle school students being affected directly or indirectly by bullying. This is an age where young people want more to fit in with their peers, making some students more likely to bully or condone bullying to fit in, while those who don’t fit in stand out more as victims. Bullying can also occur in earlier grades, as well as through high school and even into adulthood.

If a student is a victim of bullying, show love and support to the child and explain that the bullying is not their fault, and that what the bully is doing is wrong. Talk to the victim to find out when and how the bullying is taking place, then talk to teachers and school administrators about the problem. Bullying should always be taken seriously.

This is International Bully Awareness month and Martial Arts Schools world wide are doing something about it.   Join our free workshop "Stand Up Against Bullying".  Date October 29, 2016  Time11:30 am Save you place in class by calling or registering  online at texarkanakravmaga.zenplanner.com/sign_up_now.cfm