My four year old has so much energy!

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club Ronnie is an energized four year old attending our Pre-Karate program. Today, as every day when he has class, he is a few minutes early so he can get changed and be ready and on-time. Ronnie always makes his presence felt by everyone, and doesn’t have a shy bone in… Read more »

My Job Sucked, and I’m Thankful For It

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club I was 22 years old, my first daughter was one month old, and I was celebrating my first year working at USWEST Communications, the local Mountain Bell phone company. It was my first corporate job, having upgraded from fast food cook and gas station cashier. Still, I was at the… Read more »

You Graduated, Time to Start Over

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club Seems to me that this year I have attended more High School graduations and graduation parties than usual. My daughter’s for one, other family, and friends too. It is amazing to see these, once little rambunctious toddlers, are now adults, and getting ready to take on this scary world. It… Read more »

“You Never Listen to Me!”

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club That’s what my teenage daughter complained to me many years ago as I was telling her what I wanted her to do. I don’t remember what the conversation was about, but those words stuck in my mind. Hearing that made me think: “Am I not a good listener already?”, “Should… Read more »

Confidence is a Skill, Not a Trait

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club Jeffrey is about 12 years old when he walks into our Karate school for the first time accompanied by his parents. Jeffrey seems happy but shy, his eyes scan the room from side to side as he answers a few questions. How old are you? What do you enjoy doing?… Read more »

Self-Made? Not Me!

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club There’s a well known saying that “If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, you know it got some help getting there.” I was recently reminded of this fact some days ago while having dinner with a good friend. I met Miguel back in the early… Read more »

Gratitude Makes It All Worth It

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club It was around November of 1986 and my Karate Teacher (Sensei Luis Chiock) had just returned from coaching the Peruvian National Team at the World Karate Championship in Sidney, Australia. I remember him wearing the Peruvian emblem on the left chest of his Karate uniform, and I was so inspired… Read more »

It’s Not My Fault

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club “My math grade dropped to a ‘C’, but the teacher just didn’t explain anything” exclaims one kid to another. “That’s right,” continues the friend sitting nearby, “that teacher doesn’t do a good job.” As I listened to the exchange, I thought about how many times I have heard similar stories… Read more »

We All Need to be Heard

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club It is one of my favorite times of the day, my first Karate class is starting to walk into the school, the Pre-Karate Class, our three, four, and five-year-olds are taking their places on the mat. Before class starts, I come in a few minutes early to talk to the… Read more »