Parent Letter for May 2017: Character

Our in-class discussion topic for May 2017 will be Character.  This month’s Parent Letter will give you further information about our topic.  It will also allow you to follow along with our in-class lessons, so that when you discuss Character with your family at home, we will all be talking about this in the same…

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Character, week 1

We are starting a new discussion topic this week, Character.  During our lessons this week, we will talk about the basic meaning of Character.  Our in-class discussion lesson follows below: “Knowledge will give you power, but character will earn you respect.” — Bruce Lee (author, teacher, actor) Character:  qualities of honesty, courage, and integrity;  good…

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Confidence, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will talk about learning Confidence in ourselves through our accomplishments.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”  — Thomas Carlyle (philosopher, historian, teacher) When we talk about “self-confidence”, in part what we mean is our personal belief in our own…

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Confidence, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about communicating our Confidence to other people by using our body language.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Body language is a very powerful tool.  We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is…

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Confidence, week 2

During our lessons this week, we will talk about developing our Confidence in ourselves through our accomplishments in karate.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt (1st Lady of the U.S., 1932-1945) Our self-confidence is our feeling of trust in…

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Confidence, week 1

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the basic meaning of Confidence, and how this relates to our earlier discussion of Commitment.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller (teacher and author)…

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Parent Letter and Study Guide for April 2017

Here are your Parent Letter, and Kid Kicks Study Guide for April 2017.  Our in-class discussion topic for April will be Confidence.  Please follow the links below to download your .pdfs of both of these. Parent Letter:  Parent Letter April 2017 Kid Kick Study Guide:  Kid Kick April 2017

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Focus, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about being selective in our Focus as we learn and perform our patterns.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “Focus is nothing more than getting your thoughts to fly together in formation.” — Eddie Rickenbacker (aviation pioneer) One part of our karate lessons where…

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Focus, week 2

During our lessons this week, we will talk about some of the ways we use Focus during our one steps and free sparring.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Dan…

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Focus, week 1

During our lessons this week, we will talk about what Focus is, and an example of how we use this mental skill in our martial arts lessons.  Our in-class discussion topic for this week follows below: “Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it.” …

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