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How to Raise Confident Girls

Where does confidence come from? How do you get it? If you are a parent, how do you instill it in your kids? What if you don’t even have enough for yourself- how are you ever going to give it

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Bully proofing

Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying is prevalent in epic proportions these days. From school-yard to corporate

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5 Keys to Unlocking Potential

You may not know what you want, but if you know what you definitely don’t want, it’s a good start. When I opened my first school on my own, I was in that exact situation. I didn’t know what exactly

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The Secret to Successful Kids

We may not always get what we want, but we definitely get more of what we focus on. Increase the odds of getting what you want by focusing on the positive. Everybody has probably seen or heard the quote by

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Summer training

It’s summer, which means… it’s HOT! A big factor in reaching your peak performance happens before you even get on the mat- hydrating. For every 2% of your body weight you lose in sweat, you lose 20% of your energy

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Chase Knowledge, Not a Belt

This is an article written by Judo Coach Dimitri Kolijn, originally published May 2008. What is your goal in your martial arts training? Do you look forward to a black belt as fast as you can? Do you look forward

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The Hardest Part is Showing Up

They say the hardest part of any task is getting started. Congratulations-you showed up! That’s half the battle. Now, we want to make sure we train smart, not just hard. One of the best things you can do for your

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Get REAL is now published!

The new Get REAL! A Safety Guide for Women and Teen girls is now available on Amazon and Kindle.

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Why do women stay in bad relationships?

For those on the outside looking in, it can be a simple question: Why don’t you/didn’t you just leave? Why would anyone in their right mind stay in an abusive situation? Why would anyone with a shred of dignity stick

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It’s Time to Get REAL

  Realistic Everyday Awareness Lessons The initial goal of Get REAL was to teach women and girls how to be empowered through awareness so they could avoid physical confrontations.  A physical attack is the final stage of self defense. If

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