The moment our child is born we begin creating safety. An environment free of sharp objects, electric outlets, hazardous staircases. An environment where our child is surrounded by thoughtful, loving, adults and children. The vigilance of parenting a newborn is exhausting, but the reward is that we feel a pretty solid sense of control over risk.Read More
I think Vince Lombardi had it backwards when he famously said: “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” A lot has changed since he was top football coach in the 1960’s including the way many of us think about sports, competition, and what it means to win.Read More
You can never tell, in advance, who Pukulan Indonesian Martial Arts will resonate with. Fire Dragons (6-7 year old students) come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments – truly like flowers – each one unique. Our broken-mirror style is clearly visible in these beginning students. One thing they do share with each other is that first step onto the mat. For some it’s natural and confident – another group of kids; sort of done this before. For many, however, you can really feel the bravery they’ve mustered to let go of mom or dad’s hand and line up.Read More
Recently I heard the words, “ I love a challenge,” from one of the students in the Transported After School Pukulan Program.
We were working slowly for good alignment on a more advanced form. His battle cry of loving the process of learning inspired the whole class to deep dive into their training. There were hoots and hollers all around. I was the loudest!Read More