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

Totally Useless Facts from Mr. Penny #6

In this month’s “Useless Facts” article I was originally I was planning on continuing with some additional interesting tidbits about Judo. (Like how it influenced Sherlock Holmes!) But I realized with belt graduation coming this Saturday, this is a great time to talk about Jhoon Rhee.   Jhoon Rhee was born in South Korea in

Lock Your Doors!

Ok, I know. This is basic stuff right?  Well, you’d be surprised how often I need to say it. So I’ll say it now:  Lock Your Doors!! In Your Home: In recent months I’ve talked about the importance of having a strong door to your home, and the tactics of criminals to distract a homeowner

Lessons for October by Mr. 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

Lessons for September

White, Yellow, and Orange Belts have been talking about Focus. Focus is paying attention to ONE thing at a time. We like to talk about it at this time of year because Focus is extremely important for every student’s favorite thing in the entire world…school! Focus is essential when learning new things and when mastering

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

Forming Good Study Habits in Kids

When it comes to developing good study habits, it is never too early for kids to start learning. A routine should be established to encourage kids, particularly kindergartners and preschoolers, to read every single day. Parents can help even very young children to develop skills in focusing, memorization, and organization while completing a puzzle or

Lesson for December – Mr. Stanford

Along with self-defense, confidence, focus, self-discipline and a myriad of other great “life skills” we teach here at the academy, December gives us a great opportunity to teach our students PATIENCE! Patience Since we have so many days off later in the month, higher belts would hardly have any time to talk about a different

Lessons for the Month of November 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. If your family is not involved at the Black Belt Academy, and you want your child to learn lessons like Respect, Honesty, and Integrity,