Manage Your Expectations by Jon Penny

I originally planned on writing this article back in March or April. It seemed appropriate as it was on my mind in that season. That time of year we have two events pretty close to each other. Ninja Night and Glo-Chux. For those of you who don’t know, Ninja Night is a guest event where

A Cat to Kick

Early in my martial arts teaching career, I was put in charge of a pre-karate class of three and four year old students. It was called the “Tiny Tigers.”  I’m sure it was amusing to watch, but at the time it was a big deal for me. I was nineteen years old and it was

I’m Not That Important

Recently I went to the Center for Emergency Preparedness to teach police cadets. The Center (often just called “The CEP”) is a part of the Owen’s College campus that focuses on training first responders, Police, Fire, and EMS. You may see the CEP sometime if you drive on Tracy Rd near the Owens campus; it

Sometimes, You Need Someone to Ask

My grandfather was a lifelong carpenter and a phenomenal woodworker. Even being one of 12 of his grandchildren, my home has many wonderful wood pieces that he created. We have cutting boards, picture frames, and toothpick holders. But before you think he was an amateur, we also have step stools and an amazing rocker with

The Rest Is History

This is the time of year we dream big, vow to make changes, create goals, and promise to transform into a new and improved version of ourselves. Then we allow life and other responsibilities, naysayers, doubt, and fear to veer us of course. At times when you’re feeling frustrated by lack of progress, or the

Where the Magic Is Hiding

A woman visited a fortuneteller to find out if her future would be successful, but instead of answering any of the questions, the fortuneteller gave the woman a box. She explained that it was a magic box that had the power to make dreams come true. She handed the woman a notepad and told the

Lessons for the Month of October by Jeff Stanford

Below are the lessons that will be covered in class. Use these descriptions as a guide for reminding your child to practice at home what they’re working on at the academy. White, Yellow, & Orange Belts: Self-Discipline Self-Discipline is doing what you’re supposed to do without being told. Self-Discipline also encompasses NOT doing what you

An Able Mariner

Many years ago, businessman Rene Henry invited a friend and their dates out for an afternoon on his sailboat on Santa Monica Bay. The good times quickly soured when a thick blanket of fog appeared late in the afternoon, making visibility nonexistent. For Henry, who raced his boat every Wednesday and sailed 12 months out