JULY 2017

There will be no adult morning classes Tuesday mornings until September.

Now that the summer months are upon us, students should wear socks and sneakers to the dojo as we may go outside to train during class.

Students attended the 2017 I.W.K.A. World Championship Events in Augusta, Maine – June 23 & 24.

Adam Masur – 2nd Place Kata – Master’s Division

Andrea Aten – 1st Place Kumite 1st and 2nd Degree Black Belt Senior Women – qualified for grand champion division

Samantha Heinrich – 1st Place Kata – Intermediate 7 & 8 year olds – qualified for grand champion division

Kassandra lee – 2nd Place Sparring and 4th Place Kata – 8 – 10 year old novice

Ellie Aten – 4th Place Kata – 5 – 7 year old novice



You’ve heard of the Power of Positive Thinking. There’s no doubt about it…the human mind is an amazingly powerful computer, capable of transforming our lives.

But achieving what you want in life isn’t accomplished by sitting in your comfy chair and visualizing all day long. Far too many people neglect to ACT on their own behalf in order to bring their dreams to life. As cosmetics company founder and CEO Estée Lauder put it so well, “I didn’t get here by dreaming about it or thinking about it—I got here by doing it.”

Author BJ Gallagher has captured the “secret” no one is talking about—you can actually change your thoughts and attitudes by taking positive ACTION, no matter what you’re thinking or feeling! She calls it The Power of Positive DOING

A genuine dream is a picture and blueprint of a person’s purpose and potential. Or as my friend Sharon Hull says, “A dream is the seed of possibility planted in the soul of a human being, which calls him to pursue a unique path to the realization of his purpose.“

Sadly, far too many people have dreams that are not genuine, but simply wishful thinking that fills their thoughts but will never fulfill their lives. ~ John C. Maxwell.

Are you putting off living the life you’ve always longed for? Do you find yourself saying things like:

“When things slow down…when I finish my degree…when I get certified… as I acquire a deeper knowledge base…when I have kids…when the kids are grown…when I get well…when I marry…when I divorce…when I retire…when I get that promotion…that raise…that job…that house…that whatever the fill-in-the blank is for your specific postponing of life?”

You don’t have to wait until you become old to become wise. You can discover life’s secrets at any age… and lead a more fulfilling life.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up to it yourself.” Many of us pin our happiness to external factors: if only we had more money, or a better house, or whatever our latest “want” is…but your happiness has been and always will be right inside yourself.


What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.  Jim Rolm


“No one limits your growth but you. If you want to earn more, learn more. That means you’ll work harder for a while; that means you’ll work longer for a while. But you’ll be paid for your extra effort with enhanced earnings down the road.”  – Tom Hopkins


“The best portion of a good man’s life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” — William Wordsworth


“Surround yourself with people most like the person you want to become. Stay away from anyone who can or will bring you down.” — Tom Hopkins