American Karate rank promotions Saturday Oct 25, 2014

Congratulations to everyone!!

Black Belts standing in back left to right:

Sifu Roy – 8th Dan, Sensei Chaisson 4th Dan, Sensei Kratz 6th Dan, Sensei Sullivan 4th Dan, Sensei Milcarek 4th Dan, Jack Fox 2nd Dan, Sensei Reid 4th Dan, Colleen Golrick 2nd Dan

Promoted in front row left to right (seated):

Ryan Purple, Tucker Green, Jacob Blue with honorable mention in basics, Zypher Blue, Djbril Blue, Skyler Green

Promoted middle row left to right:

Chris 1st degree Brown, Gorgie Blue w/ honorable mention for sparring, Mike Blue w/ honorable mention overall, Cheri Blue w/ honorable mention overall, Gianna Green w/ honorable mention for sparring, Matthew Purple

Stay Young My Friend

This is a message that was recently sent to me by a good friend and long time student….Thanks for the reminders Lenny!
Stay Young My Friend  
We  all need to read this one over and over  
until it becomes part  of who we are!


1.  Try everything twice.
On one woman’s tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:
“Tried everything twice.  
 Loved it both times!”

2.  Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.

(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)
3. Keep learning !
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,  dancing,  whatever…
Never let the brain get idle.  
 ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’
And the devil’s name is Alzheimer! 

4. Enjoy the simple things.

  5. Laugh often, long and loud.

Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,
spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen .
Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, 
is ourselves.
LIVE while you are alive. 

7. Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever..
Your home is your refuge. 

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

 9. Don’t take guilt trips..
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county,
to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them,  
 at every opportunity.
I love you, my special friend.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance..

Remember! Lost time can never be found.
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.  

Benefits of kids playing outside–Copeland-Talks-about-Outdoors-Play-.html?soid=1101730145930&aid=_HOgMn7beLc

A lot of the things mentioned in this article we get to in our Youth Karate Program – The main thing for everyone young and old alike is to keep moving – A body in motion is likely to stay in motion! The simple pleasure of moving your body is one of the secrets of a long, happy and healthy life….better to learn that important lesson early in life!

Sifu diving on the wall at Grand Turk

Thanks to the wonderful Staff at the Studio, I’m able to pursue one of my passions in life. The love of marine life and the oceans. Practice by the sea is alway’s a favorite and of course time Ginnie and my dive pals…is soooo terrific, there are no words to describe it.

Happy Chinese New Year – The year of the Metal Rabbit

Traditional Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year period began in the middle of the 12th month and ended around the middle of the first month with the waxing of the full moon. Observance of the New Year period was traditionally divided into New Year’s Eve and the first days of the new year.
Traditionally for the Chinese, New Year was the most important festival on the calendar. The entire attention of the household was fixed on the celebration. During this time, business life came nearly to a stop. Home and family were the principal focuses. In preparation for the holiday, homes were thoroughly cleaned to rid them of “huiqi,” or inauspicious breaths, which might have collected during the old year. Cleaning was also meant to appease the gods who would be coming down from heaven to make inspections. Ritual sacrifices of food and paper icons were offered to gods and ancestors. People posted scrolls printed with lucky messages on household gates and set off firecrackers to frighten evil spirits. Elders gave out money to children. In fact, many of the rites carried out during this period were meant to bring good luck to the household and long life to the family–particularly to the parents.
Most important was the feasting. On New Year’s Eve, the extended family would join around the table for a meal that included as the last course a fish that was symbolic of abundance and therefore not meant to be eaten. In the first five days of the New Year, people ate long noodles to symbolize long life. On the 15th and final day of the New Year, round dumplings shaped like the full moon were shared as a sign of the family unit and of perfection.

Absolutely awesome American Karate rank testing this evening…wow!

Front row: Peter, (Green belt, honorable mention basics), Lana (Purple belt), Thomas (third degree Brown belt), Colleen (prob. Black belt, honorable mention kata), Mrs. Gobiel
Back row: Sensei Kratz, Mr. Gobiel, Mr. Levesque, Andrew (Blue belt), Scott (second degree Brown belt, honorable mention in all areas), Mr. Milcarek, Teryn (double promotion to prob. Black belt), Ian (Green belt, honorable mention sparring), Mr. Reed, Mr. Chaisson, Sifu Roy
Congratulations to Colleen on her promotion to prob. Black belt. She also received an honorable mention for kata….Incredible forms Colleen. 
Also congratulations to Teryn for his double promotion from second degree Brown belt to prob. Black belt……excellent skill and consistency throughout Teryn.
Scott also had incredible consistency throughout the test…from basics to sparring, SD to kata’s…..excellent skill Scott
Peter really rose to the occasion with his first testing with the adult group…really held his own. His basics were outstanding!
Ian was a force to reckon with during the sparring….great poise, distancing was second to none, and fast, fast hands…great cross Ian!
This was the A group all around…from the lower ranks to the upper ranks …everyone did outstanding! Congratulations to all…..

Snow Removal Qigong

Phil just reminded me about remembering good posture when shoveling ( and snow blowing). Thanks for the reminder Phil!!
Note to myself; You can turn snow removal into great training! Qigong even!! (now that’s a positive Just use good alignment, leg power instead of the lower back, avoid twisting with snow on the shovel, using stepping instead twisting (kai bu, bei bu), use longevity breathing, change sides often, drink plenty of water and remember to stretch after the ‘snow removal work out’! 
Be safe!