We are two thirds of the way through July and you may start to have the feelings of Fall is going to be here before you know it. As a way of tempering the evil thoughts that keep you away from being fully present and enjoying every ray of our sunshine season I would like to share a few things that you can do which will help up your level of enjoyment this summer.
1. Take time at the beach! I’m not sure if it is the salt air, the sand under your bare feet or the movement in the water, but what I know for sure is that the rejuvenation you feel after treating yourself is magical. My favorite time to go is very early in the morning. Being an early riser, I am usually on the beach by 6:30AM and I will lie down for an hour or so, I may read a book and then I will hit the water and take a walk or a run. I lay back down fall asleep and go back to my reading and by 10:30 in the morning I am ready to leave. Going down early I beat the traffic, don’t pay for parking, don’t hit traffic and the sun and heat are tolerable. Leaving the beach at 10:30AM I also hit know traffic as it is all going in the opposite direction.
2. Enjoy preparing your food outside on a grill! The smells and tastes are always better outside on a grill. Whether it’s old school charcoal or a gas grill doesn’t really matter, cooling outside promotes gathering in a fun and different environment.
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.
The New Tough
Posted: June 22, 2019
By Master Christopher Rappold
As parents we want the best for our children: do well in school, keep healthy plus have a strong social network of good friends. We also want our children be “tough”. In times past, that meant that young boys needed the courage and skill to fight the bully behind the building after school.
Like with almost everything, the definition of what “tough” means is more complex. Tough now means that we want our children to be able to be tough enough to not follow the crowd, tough enough to hear the criticism and not lash back in anger, tough enough to stand tall against someone who is being picked on and be tough enough to be above having to resort to physical confrontation.
It’s not about the bed
Posted: June 18, 2019
Having a front row seat to some phenomenal parents over the past 20 years at Personal Best Karate has reinforced a lot to me. One of the most valuable items has been the concept of the routine. Students of all ages who grow and progress in our program often do so because they have made their martial arts training a way of life. They schedule the time to train on a regular basis, and although they have a choice to come any of six days a week, most adhere to their predetermined schedule. If their routine is Monday and Wednesday for their classroom training they stick to it. Because of this there is no energy wasted in thinking, “when will I train this week”, they “set it and forget it”
Simple acts of daily routines can also create positive life habits. Since the beginning of Personal Best Karate I have advocated the habit of making your bed in the morning. The reason is that it takes personal discipline to do so. I believe that self discipline is like a muscle in that the more you use it, the bigger and stronger it grows; conversely, the less you use it the weaker it becomes. In the long run, it is well worth the energy it takes to put your success habits and the success habits of your children on automatic pilot. You can start with simple tasks like making your bed then extend it to exercise, nutrition or whatever else you value. What you choose is up to you, it’s about being the very best you can be, it’s not about the bed.
If you would like to have your child try our award-winning character based martial arts program that will reinforce family value and teach mental and physical skills to ensure they are safe, please go to the registration page to sign up today. I promise you that our team of highly-skilled martial arts teachers and mentors will make you and your family feel right at home.