Inside This Issue
Peaks, Valleys, Plateaus
How to Stay Young
Safety Strategies -- The Deal With Bullies
Deaton Karate Studio
1249 N. Mt. Juliet Rd.
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
1029 W. Main St.
Lebanon, TN 37087
February 1, 2014
Message of the Month
Peaks, Valleys, Plateaus
Courtesy of Ganguly's Mixed Martial Arts
Most people deeply involved in the martial arts see it as a lifestyle and as a powerful personal self-development program. Most of us like to train hard year round, and push ourselves to higher levels of skill, conditioning and achievement, in and out of the dojo. It's part of being a successful achiever.
There are times when you are at a peak… mentally, physically and emotionally, especially as you prepare for a big goal or after you achieve it. This could be a rank promotion or simply when you're making strong gains in your progress. We'd all like to be able to stay at this peak level on a consistent basis.
However, for most people, there will be occasional setbacks or obstacles that can cause you to level off a bit. At times it may even feel like you're slipping backwards, due to injury, illness or obstacles.
Injuries, distractions or other setbacks that occur may create temporary stalls in your progress. The sooner you understand this process, the faster you'll get back into a positive and progressive direction.
Plateaus can be used as short-term, temporary resting spots. Maybe it's a maintenance training period or even a planned and deserved recharge.
Peaks, valleys and plateaus. Everyone experiences these natural processes somewhere in the course of their training.
The goal is to create as many peak cycle periods as possible, then plan out your rest and maintenance periods. Good habits, a positive mindset and proper planning will allow you to minimize the setbacks that can cause the valleys of despair and discouragement.
Maximize your peaks, minimize your valleys!
How to Stay Young
By Keith Hafner
Have you ever noticed that there are people in their thirties who feel old, look old and have pretty much conceded that their best years are behind them? And there are also people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties who live healthy, vibrant lives and look forward to each new day with anticipation!
Here are some common traits of people who stay young, regardless of their age:
1. They work on their physical flexibility. If physical flexibility is neglected, a person be- comes stiff and eventually becomes "frozen" inside a body that won't move. No more gardening. No more hunting and fishing. They cannot do whatever it was that they enjoyed doing. And when the things you look forward to doing each day are lost to you, you begin to give up on life.
2. They maintain the younger people. The healthy "oldsters" I know always share this: they are interested in young people; they enjoy talking with young people; they appreciate them and like being around them. Contrast this with the person who becomes grumpy, bitter and critical of young people. They become increasingly lonely. As their peers move on, they are left alone.
3. They work at something they enjoy. They read. They continue to learn. They volunteer their time and skills. They write. They collect. They wake up each day with purpose.
4. Most importantly, they decide to remain young. They do not give in to "old age." They cherish their youthfulness and refuse to give it up!
February 22 is Parents Night Out!
Need a little extra time to yourself to get things done? Maybe sneak in a Date Night with your spouse? Have your child join us for a super fantastic fun night of Karate, games, movie, and pizza!
February 22, 2014 / 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
1st child $20 / 2nd child: $15 / Each additional child: $10.
More information at front desk and this event is not restricted to karate students.
Safety Strategies — The Deal With Bullies
Bully Defense and Making the Right Choices
Courtesy of Warrior Personal Safety
Did you know…
Children of every age are vulnerable to the risk of bullies. Experts tell us at least one in two children will be bullied at school, on the walk home, at the park or during other outings.
In a recent survey of middle and high school students, more than 75% surveyed said they had been bullied.
More than 160,000 American students miss class every school day due to fear of physical harm.
Kids who bully others do so for many reasons. Bullying can escalate into other dangerous behaviors. Parents are encouraged to have direct and open discussions about the dangers of bullying and how to deal with it.
How should parents educate children about bullying?
Talk to your children directly about the kinds of bullying behaviors—verbal harassment, threats for money or other valuables, ethnic or racial slurs, following or stalking at school or anywhere, being bullied online, being singled or shut out of group behaviors and pushing or hitting. It is important for parents to recognize their child may not understand what bullying really means and when they should ask for help. As with any personal safety training for children, each child should know how to contact their parents or guardians at all times, how to identify and get to a safe place or zone in any situation and, how to call and provide information to 911.
Build a personal safety strategy with your child
Talk to children about the kinds of dangers that exist. Don’t be shy and beat around the bush. Teach children, above all, to trust their internal alarm. If this internal alarm rings get to a safe zone and find a trusted adult immediately. Teach your children awareness and distance are their two most important self-defense skills. Practice the skill of identifying "safe zones" in any environment. Make a game with rewards. Teach your children never to be afraid to talk to you about anything.
Teach children the practice of "self-escape": where they could go at any time to find safety.
Every February we celebrate Valentine's Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine. You may be wondering, "Who is St. Valentine"? Time to brush up on your Valentine's history!
Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base.
Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn't fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine's actions he had him put to death.
Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor's daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first 'valentine' himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it 'Your Valentine', words still used on cards today.
Perhaps we'll never know the true identity and story behind the man named St. Valentine, but this much is for sure...February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages. In fact, Valentines ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent.
Another valentine gentleman you may be wondering about is Cupid (Latin cupido, "desire"). In Roman mythology Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love. His counterpart in Greek mythology is Eros, god of love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them to fall in love.
February 14: Graduation Schedule
5:15 pm - Little Dragons
6:15 pm - Children, Juniors, Teens, and Adults
(Gold Belt through Green Belt)
7:15 pm - Children, Juniors, Teens, and Adults
(Brown Candidate and up)
9:00 am - 10:00 am Little Dragons
10:00 am - 11:00 am Children
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Juniors, Teens & Adults
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Parents Night Out.
2/1 Joe Ukpong
2/2 Jordan Perry, Cooper Wood
2/3 Michelle Goode, Nithyashree Prabh, Ryne Knight
2/4 Julianna Mekhail
2/5 Amani Moore
2/7 Kaitlyn Hungerford
2/9 Travon Davis
2/10 Jerika Eduave
2/11 Hope Anderson
2/12 Michael Selby, Zachary Roberts
2/15 Zoey Bramlett
2/17 Collin McKenzie, Cameron McKenzie
2/19 Ken Markanich, Philip Hutchison
2/21 Alex Harris, Jordan Wizer
2/22 Ethan Barham, Scott Sewell, Nico Monger, Henry Cottrell
2/24 McLain Miller
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