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Facing the challenges!
This is me at my very first promotion ceremony getting my gold belt. Every black belt started as a white belt with the courage to try.
Earlier I wrote about what it took to get me through the door at Karate International and in a karate class. Another side to my martial arts journey is why, after over 9 years, I am still training and have expanded my studies to other styles. I’m not going to lie, I wanted to quit several times but I had one great reason that kept me persevering and not giving up.
Debunking the Myth
The truth is that they are looking for an easy target. Someone they can catch off guard and easily manipulate. Someone who looks like they won’t fight back. We have all heard about the importance of being aware of your surroundings.
Women Need To Take Back Control
Many times I scratch my head in complete wonder about why more females don’t take some form of martial arts training or self-defense classes? After all, this is knowledge that can save your life. It allows you to take control of your own personal safety without depending on someone else. It gives you the freedom to really live your life independently.
… And then I think back to the long journey I had and what it took just to get me to walk in the door of a dojo. I have always had a love of martial arts. My favorite movies were drenched in martial arts scenes, my guy friends in high school and college took martial arts. I spent many weekends watching them train (while I did something like weight lifting or running on the treadmill) or sitting in the corner of the dojo watching them take a class. A class full of aggressive, adult males.
My understanding was that only kids did martial arts as an activity and as adults it was only appropriate for guys. I believed I couldn’t do martial arts. I was too small, too weak, too female. There’s no way I had a place in that world that intrigued me so much. All I could do was watch, appreciate, and support those friends of mine that did train.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Staying Safe At Home
by Take Control Instructor Melissa Palmer
Attacks happen when you are vulnerable. Your home is the place where you should feel the safest. Unfortunately for many that also means this is where they make an easy target. When you are home, your guard is down. After all, you are in your castle, where you should be safe. This article will cover several points on how to take control of your home.
The Unpleasant Truth About Your Safety
Five Rules for Runners and Walkers by Melissa Palmer
by Melisssa Palmer
This morning I woke up to yet another article about a runner being attacked or abducted. Here in Raleigh, NC we have a very strong running community and these stories hit home. We have a running group (KI Running Crew) at the Karate International dojos that meets at least once a week to go run and we can’t help but notice the different things runners and walkers do to make them an easy target. Whether you run in groups or alone (it’s not always an option to have a group to run with) be aware of the decisions you are making that could make you a target. Read on for the top five rules for runners and walkers.
I learned a lifetime from my Mother
A Mother’s Influence
By Kathy Olevsky
My mother was probably the single most important influence in my early adult years. I remember being recognized by the YWCA , 20 years ago, for their Academy of Women award. When they followed me around for a day filming my life, they also asked me some pointed questions. One of the questions was to find out who my mentors were. In those days, there were very few women in leadership roles in the martial arts and I, personally, did not know any of them. I did not have any role models in my field in movies or on television. So, when they asked the question, I told them my role model was my mother.
Chart your own path to Black Belt
Today I was speaking with one of our Black Belts, Michael West. He talked about how he quit smoking a few years ago and how much Karate has had an impact on his life. In the same breath, he spoke about how he worried about not keeping up with some of the other Black Belts in class. He realized recently, however, that he is on his own journey, at his own pace.
Make sure you succeed in your goals this year!
Ten Easy Steps to a Healthier New Year
By Kathy Olevsky
This is the time of year when most adults are reviewing their life and setting goals. Many of us are making a healthier lifestyle part of the plan for the upcoming year. This year is my 37th year in the Martial Arts Industry. Over that time, I have come up with some points to share that have helped me stay physically active and healthy.
They Will Be Awesome By Black Belt
Your Child is Not Perfect Yet!By Kathy Olevsky
Over the years, we have met with many different types of parents. I will say, by far, there are the parents who are disturbed that their children act out a little bit in classes or talk too much. We just want you to know, your child may not be perfect in classes yet, but they will be AWESOME by the time they are Black Belts. (read more)
Jen was angry at her body for betraying her with Cancer
A Cancer Survivor's Very Personal Journey To Black Belt
What all parents need to know before middle school
Girls Need Martial Arts
By Kathy Olevsky
Over the many years of teaching martial arts, I have come to learn that what we give our young students is much more than a martial arts activity. These children learn goal setting and focus. They develop confidence through their own hard work. They learn about success and overcoming obstacles. I was reflecting on a favorite “karate kid”. These are the kids who grow up in our dojo and turn into amazing adults. (read more)