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Hi Future Black Belts,

Ms Jacque and I wanted to take a moment to reach out and say, “Hi!”

A few days ago, we were having a conversation about our families.

I remember visiting my grandparents every week and seeing their stock pile of canned goods and bathroom supplies (toothpaste and soap)

They lived through the depression and although it was not pleasant experience, it did teach them how to save and stretch their money.

Ms Jacque reminded me how the 911 attacks shaped the way we act and respond now. I remember the first few days it almost seems unreal. In all situations, families rallied around their kids to help them interpret what had happened, to share their feelings and to try and figure a way to grow out of it. For me, I think I am more aware of my surroundings and more willing to report if I see something that’s looks out of place.

We share this with you because we want to help. One of my favorite quotes is from Carol Dweck, “the other thing exceptional people seem to have is a special talent for converting life’s setbacks into future successes.”

First, I want to recommend a book “The Upside of Stress.” It’s very interesting and very timely.

Second, all of us know humans are meant to thrive in a tribe and grit is the secret ingredient to success.

The Action Karate Black Belt journey provides both. Now is the time to double down. There is no excuse to exercise a “Quit Muscle”

Here are a few tips to grow this semester:

  1. Create a schedule and stick to it. If you need to miss class let your instructor know before it happens if possible.

  2. If you are comfortable training in our in-person classes, get some good warm tech layers.

  3. If you are strictly training virtually, try your best to have a good training area with as much equipment as you can fit and afford (see instructor for mats and targets)

  4. Praise your family for effort.

  5. If quitting does come up, ask your instructor for help and let your family know “we are not a quitting family.”

  6. Look for opportunities to see the positive in all of this.

Remember, kids do 25% of what is asked but almost 100% of what is seen….Start your journey of mental, physical and defensive health today

I know all of this is all tough, but what are our choices?

Let's do it!!!

Master Jacque and Professor Brenner

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