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360 Degree Video of our Family Class Degree Video of our Family Class

Posted by Krista Wells on January 18, 2017 at 10:00am 0 Comments

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:

National Human Trafficking Day

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on January 11, 2017 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

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.” --


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You won't believe this video: or maybe, you will.

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on November 27, 2016 at 11:30am 0 Comments

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.  …




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