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Mindfulness for Kids: Lesson Today

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on September 20, 2017 at 5:42pm 0 Comments

Today we worked with the kids with their mindfulness meditation and breathing meditation.  We keep it fairly simple, to sit, in good posture, and focus on breathing in silently through the nose, and exhaling a little more slowly.   And paying…


Stuck in a rut on what to bring to feed your kids for MIMA Summer Camp?

Posted by Krista Wells on July 18, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Our kids are working so hard in our camps.  Not only do they do 3-4 formal martial arts classes per day, but they are also making daily trips to one of our amazing parks on Mercer Island.  They are playing active games, sports, and moving around most of the day.  This kind of activity burns a ton of calories-- plus kids grow so much during the summer, it's sometimes hard to keep up with their caloric needs.  As, parents you want to keep your kids healthy, so I found this link via Cooking…


Don't Miss Ninja Overnight!

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on July 6, 2017 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

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Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on June 1, 2017 at 6:13pm 0 Comments

Persistence:  finish what you start.   Persevere!   Such an important trait to develop.   Here is the worksheet to get kids going with how it works.…


2nd Dan Questions, Examples of Things that Motivate you Most

Posted by Mithril Hugunin on May 20, 2017 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

I find the motivation to come to class on any given day comes primarily from seeking greater discipline and control. So when I feel tired and might want to surf the web at home instead of coming in, there’s a reminder that getting up will lead to more long term benefits, including being able to get up easier the next time. Being able to know exactly where my limits are and how to train at full effort are skills I’ve learned in the dojo, and have aided me in life outside as well. Apart from…


Uniform Etiquette

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on May 18, 2017 at 4:29pm 1 Comment

How to fold, and put on your uniform:

In martial arts -- there are traditions and rituals associated with the wearing, and tying of the belt and the uniform.  There are many reasons stated from different instructors, master’s and sensei about how these traditions have evolved.   It is,…


2nd Dan Questions, Something I have learned since becoming a black belt

Posted by Mithril Hugunin on May 16, 2017 at 3:40pm 0 Comments

    Being a black belt has shown to me the difference between teaching and leading. When I first received the rank, the responsibilities of being a black belt seemed immense. I had this impression that as a leader in the group, I needed to know every form and every kick by heart. It took months of…


2nd DAN BB Leadership Project

Posted by Kenny Richards on May 16, 2017 at 3:38pm 0 Comments

My leadership project was done in conjunction with my volunteer effort with the local chapter of the Red Cross. I have been a Red Cross volunteer for almost five years and work in the DST group. This is the group which manages the IT and communication for the Red Cross. As one of the more technical members of the team, I was asked to lead an effort for building out a new communication system…


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