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

Totally Useless Facts from Mr. Penny #1

Did you know that Mr. Penny is a veritable fountain of useless information? It’s true, not a single Jeopardy-worthy bit of information has been in him since he swept the category of “Organic Chemistry” from an armchair back in ’94.  We thought we would share some of those useless-but-possibly-interesting tidbits here.   Did You Know:

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

Build a Comforting Fire Safely

Self-Defense and Safety is sometimes just doing things in a sensible, cautious manner. I often tell people, if they truly knew how boring 90% of executive protection work is, it wouldn’t seem nearly as “sexy”. Being as we have a serious cold front coming (and a bunch of snow) I thought this might be a

Protect Older Relatives from Theft and Fraud

I view self-defense and personal protection as including many facets and categories. Maybe it’s the police officer in me, or that I simply like people. But I also look to see how I can protect others as I have developed the skills and ability to protect myself. Working in law enforcement, one of the things

Survival Tips If Your Car Gets Stuck in a Blizzard

Once again, self-defense and more importantly personal protection isn’t always about fighting, grappling, and violent conflict. Sometimes it’s just a matter of being prepared. Getting trapped in your car during a blizzard can be a terrifying experience. But it doesn’t have to be fatal, if you stay calm and follow these survival tips: Stay in

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

Sam’s Corner #24

  Winter is Coming At least that’s what my daddy says. I heard a lot of people get sick during the winter. But dogs know a secret that a lot of people don’t! Most people don’t get sick because they spend time out in the cold. In the winter many people get sick because they

Stay Safe and Awake at the Wheel

Self-Defense and Personal Safety often involve the not-so-sexy and oh-so-important issues of good decisions and preemptive actions. Let’s talk about keeping you and your family safe on the road. A nap can be pleasant and relaxing—unless you’re at the wheel of a car when it happens. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that sleep-related driving