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

Posted: May 25, 2019

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.


Working together completes PBK experience

Posted: May 25, 2019

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.


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