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The Two Arrows Of Emotion

Posted: July 04, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

A college professor of mine drew on the chalk board two arrows side by side, one pointed up, the other next to it pointing down. He asked our class, “What does this mean?” Not knowing where he was going with his questions, we all began to spout out the most obvious answers such as, “what goes up must come down”.

He patiently listened to us and then said, “Each arrow represents emotion. When your emotion goes up, your ability to think and reason clearly goes down.” While some of the class was probably less than impressed, I was impacted by the simple yet profound lesson. I thought back to times as a competitor when I would get too caught up in the emotion (exactly what some I competed against wanted me to do) and end up losing because of it.


The Right Summertime Activity Provides Learning and Safety

Posted: July 03, 2019

Everyone loves the summer! A time when the schedule is a bit more relaxed and everyone can more easily enjoy recreational activities. Keeping your child from being a couch potato in the summer is important, but equally important is giving them the right kind of mental and physical stimulation.

While traditionally no one likes summer school, martial arts at Personal Best can be a very rewarding activity. Students have a more flexible schedule which allows each student to easily make progress at the same rate they do year round while still having plenty of time for the sun. It also provides a level of structure and reinforcement of vital self-defense skills to balance off the mounds of uninterrupted free time.

For the students craving a camp-type feel, we also have martial arts day camp which includes a variety of enjoyable fun themed days. The camp combines martial arts with awesome activities including super soakers, arts and crafts, relay races all run by professionally trained in-house Personal Best instructors who know how to reinforce the life lessons and codes of conduct you value. It is the benefit of keeping the mind sharp, the body strong, the stress down and the role model behavior firing on all cylinders.


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