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A family affair

Posted: December 04, 2018

It was because of his family that John Mosca first started karate classes at Personal Best, and then it was because of his family that he opened his own Personal Best in

John Mosca and his son Tyler as White Belts (far right) and when they received their Third Degree Black Belts (left)


A long way from sitting on the side of the mat

Posted: November 19, 2018

Former student reflects on lessons that brought him to victory

It's hard to believe that a Martial Arts National Championship winner in Forms and Weapons and recent college graduate from University of Massachusetts in Mechanical Engineering where he presented to Fortune 500 companies had a challenge with speaking in front of other people. But it’s true – Kyle Gallagher’s parents enrolled him in Personal Best at the recommendation from the public school to help him with his shy demeanor and gain more confidence.


This instructor knows gratitude

Posted: November 03, 2018

Stephanie McGrath has held many roles at Personal Best Karate as an instructor these past 20 years, but her most important teaching role for the students came from what she learned off the mat.

McGrath’s Personal Best story started before elementary school. She joined Personal Best Karate in Foxborough when she was three-years-old – her older brother had joined at five and she had tagged along. She took classes for a few years, then needed to stop as her family’s personal life hit some speed bumps.

McGrath, who has three brothers, experienced some tough times growing up. For a while, her family was homeless, bouncing back and forth living at friends’ houses, camp grounds and community housing. Although she was young, she remembers the hard times they were facing. Luckily, they were gifted a trailer and were settled for a little while. Then in 2004 when McGrath was 10, Habitat for Humanity built a house for her family in Norton.


Working together completes PBK experience

Posted: October 24, 2018

It's a family affair at the Personal Best Karate in Medfield with the Manchand family. Twelve-year-old Noah has been coming to Personal Best since first grade and received his Black Belt last year, six months before his father, Raoul, received his Black Belt. Mother Christine is a kickboxer and it was a bet she had with Raoul that got him on the mat.

"I lost some bet and was supposed to go to kickboxing but instead I took karate," Raoul explained. "When I started, I felt uncoordinated - but it wasn't too long before I felt comfortable." The camaraderie at the school and everyone working together helped make the transition from just taking class to someone training for their Black Belt possible, he said.

Their son Noah started at Personal Bet when he was six-years-old for different reasons.


Stop the internal bullying: Five ways we can treat ourselves better

Posted: October 22, 2018

By Master Christopher Rappold

I am pleased that over the past 10 years to have been able to contribute to the communities we serve by helping school systems handle bullying in a mindful way. Going back 10 years, it was not uncommon for teachers within the same grade to have different approaches to the same bullying situation. With 97 percent of bullying being psychological, not physical, it is important that every child know exactly how to handle a bullying situation when it occurs. With the correct approach, bullying doesn't have to be a crippling occurrence. Every Personal Best Karate student should be able to define in 10 seconds or less exactly what he or she would do when bullying occurs. There is something very powerful when a strategy can provide that level of clarity.  

At times internal bullying is overlooked. It is the way we treat ourselves from day to day. If you are human you know the amount of negativity that can pervade your thinking in a single day.   Fears, doubts, worries and insecurities can hold us hostage without us even being aware. Any idea how many of these thoughts come into your brain every day? Would you believe that we have between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day and without proper attention as much as 80 percent of them are negative?  It's kind of hard to be your Personal Best with this kind of scorecard.


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