Online Curriculum, Process, and Community
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, for it is the only thing that ever has. M. Meade
Mercer Island Martial Arts, Mercer Island Karate, Mercer Island Self Defense,Mercer Island Kung Fu, Mercer Island Judo, Character Development, Mercer Island Leadership Training, Mercer Island Positive Psychology, Mercer Island Kids Programs, Mercer Island Therapeutic Recreation, Mercer Island Fun Kids Activities, Mercer Island, Mercer Island MA, Martial Arts Mercer Island, Mercer Island Karate center, Mercer Island Self Defense lessons, Mercer Island Kung Fu training, Mercer Island Judo, Mercer Island Judo training, Mercer Island Leadership, Mercer Island Kids Martial Arts, Mercer Island Summer Camps, Mercer Island After School Programs, Mercer Island Adult Fitness Programs, Mercer Island Tae Kwon Do, Mercer Island Mom and Me Classes, Bully Prevention Mercer Island, Bullying Sucks Mercer Island, No Bullying, Karate on Mercer Island, Self Defense on Mercer Island, karate classes for kids on mercer island, karate on mercer island
self-defense, exercise, "martial arts", "tae kwon do", kicking, punching, workout, training, "mercer island martial arts", www.mercerislandmartialarts.com, "the incredible shrinking master", www.bullyingsucks.com, "positive psychology", resilience, "dietary self-defense", "bully prevention", "krista wells", "MeLisa Turcott Strongheart", "mercer island", seattle, bellevue, washington, "women in martial arts",
We recently had the opportunity to have a woman by the name of Amy Scarfone come and film one of our family classes in a 360 degree video format. If you have never seen this technology it is a really great way to experience a class. When viewing it you will need to open it in Google Chrome or another web browser that supports 360 degree video formats. I was also able to watch it on my iPhone. As you press the button to look around you can see all of the different particptants in the class. The video includes; forms, kicking, self defense, and some really cute nunchucks by the kids at the end. Check it out:
As Modern Martial Artists, community warriors, this issue as much as any issue is related to our practice. We teach that our community, or village, is our responsibility to take leadership, and action to protect, and grow. And, that village must include the most vulnerable, and victimized. At the very least we can become aware, and educated. So many people have the belief that this kind of slavery is taking place only in places far away, and certainly not in our cities. It is unfortunate, but so true, that it is also present in the US, in our region, and perhaps even in our own communities.
Let us today, in the spirit of the day, take a moment to learn a little more about human trafficking, and how it works. I will put links at the end of this blog post for further research.
“As we work to dismantle trafficking networks and help survivors rebuild their lives, we must also address the underlying forces that push so many into bondage. We must develop economies that create legitimate jobs, build a global sense of justice that says no child should ever be exploited, and empower our daughters and sons with the same chances to pursue their dreams. This month, I call on every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice.” --http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent
HOW TO OBSERVED
Use #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay to post on social…Continue
This video shows exactly why I teach, rather we teach, Bully prevention at MIMA -- We have literally taught hundreds of hours, mostly unpaid to kids from all over the greater Seattle area. We teach not only the target, but also the kids who bully about tolerance and respect for others and self, and perhaps most importantly, we teach bystanders how to handle it.
We teach kids, that they have power, and how to use it. And sometimes that means getting help, the thing that often requires the most courage. Sometimes, using power means to physically, or verbally defend themselves, and they learn how to do that with us. Most of the time, it means, having the courage to do something. Don’t just stand there do something. And the kids we teach learn what kinds of things they can do, with the power that they do have.
We teach empowerment.
Sometimes people, adults, forget, or don't really feel what it can be like; I know I forget sometimes. This video brings it close to the bone.
I have heard folks say, even to me, "kids will be kids", or "just punch the bully once and they will back down because they are cowards", or "girls are mean/boys will be boys" --- it isn't that. Imagine, if you were at work, or in the grocery store, and someone did what is in this video to you, or someone you love. It is violence. …Continue