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A student and instructor of Okinawa Kenpo Karate and Kobudo. Thoughts on Karate, Tai Chi, ACL.. Reconstruction and the Challenges of Parenting.

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  • Anxiety SucksMy face was pressed against the window in the back seat of the family’s green station wagon.  I sat quietly waiting for my dad to finish work.  I watched as he walked out the door and locked it.  Then the ritual began but I did not k...
  • The Letter Cycle
    on Dec 30, 2014
    Last Christmas was difficult.  Actually, it was awful.  The events of Christmas 2013 have invaded my feelings towards Christmas in general.  I believe it was the last time Erin saw her dad before he went to prison in March 2013. ...
  • A PFA Is A Piece of Paper
    on Apr 21, 2014 in Bipolar Jail Mental Illness PFA police
    Disclaimer:  This is a personal web log. The opinions expressed are my own. Please note that I am not dispensing advice. These are my personal experiences and reflections.  I cannot tell you how often I was told to “Get a PFA”.  I...
  • “The Talk” No One Prepares You For
    on Apr 18, 2014 in Bipolar Jail Parenting teenagers
    As a parent, you look forward to certain milestones in your child’s life.   There is joy in watching the first step or hearing the first word.   On the flip side, a parent has the responsibility of having “The Talks”. &...
  • How Did I Get Here?
    on Apr 16, 2014 in Bipolar Divorce Jail Mental Illness
    “I am telling you this as a friend, as your sister, take care of yourself.”The very sad truth is that I don’t remember how.  But here is where I begin.I guess I should start by explaining where I am.  It is difficult to talk about bec...
  • I Have A Blog?
    on Nov 17, 2013
    Yes...yes I do. Sometimes I forget. Just a quick note to say "Hello!" to all the readers who still stumble upon this blog from time to time.  There is not much...ok I mean report on karate.  This is my first prolonged absence f...
  • Teaching Your Own Child Karate
    on Apr 25, 2013 in karate karate instructor
    My daughter turns 14 years old next week.  In a few weeks, she will graduate 8th grade.  In a few months, she will start high school.  In a few short years, she will head off to college.   Time flies like an arrow… A...
  • Listen....
    on Jan 22, 2013 in injury Blood Clot your body. In mid December, my sister Kim had surgery on her foot to correct a Haglund's Deformity and Plantar Fasciitis.  After the surgery, she had a list of instructions such as no weight bearing (crutches) and elevation for four...
  • White Envelope
    on Jan 14, 2013 in Photos
    A few weeks ago, I was handed a white envelope by Fritz who is one of my training partners.   The content of the  I don't know about you but I don't like to get my picture taken.  I thanked Fritz an...
  • Might As Well JumpAn article from Science Daily:  Go Ahead and Jump: Learning How to Properly Jump and Land Can Help Female Athletes Avoid Serious Knee Injuries Female athletes tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) six to eight times more than male athle...
  • Reader Question: What if the fear of injury...isn't your own?
    on Nov 8, 2012
    Hello blog readers! I received a kind email from Carolyn and she asked the following question: "What if the fear of injury...isn't your own?" I ask because... I've seen students leave martial arts because their parents don't want them to start...
  • Quiet
    on Nov 6, 2012
    This blog is too quiet. I miss writing. I miss my blog friends. I miss the exchange of ideas.  I miss reading and learning. I will be in touch soon.  Michele...
  • Out of Balance
    on Aug 29, 2012
    It has been about 8 weeks since I was in the dojo. This was the first time I decided to take a break. In the past, my breaks from training were due to my work schedule or an injury (ACL). Since the dojo is attached to my house, taking a break is sign...
  • Question - Total Knee Replacement / Karate
    on Aug 8, 2012 in knee injury
    Hello Readers, A karate friend asked me to post a question on the blog.  Do you know anyone who had a TKR (total knee replacement) and was able to continue karate training? Thoughts?  Insights?
  • Catching Up
    on Jul 11, 2012
    I am trying to catch up on everything from paperwork to my Google Reader.     A blog "To Do" list: Update the recommended links column.  If you have a martial arts, karate or ACL blog and would like to be included as a rec...
  • Thank You
    on Jul 2, 2012
    It has been a busy few months. In March, I was notified by my instructor that I would be testing on June 29, 2012 at the IKKF Annual Training in Reading, Pennsylvania. I spent a lot of time training over the last few months. There has been little...
  • More and Less
    on Jun 4, 2012
    Over the last few months, I have been training more and writing less.  A few thoughts... 1.  Pay close attention.  Some of the best tips / connections are the brief comments made by instructors.  You need to be ready to listen a...
  • ACL Reconstruction - Five Years
    on May 20, 2012
    May 15, 2012 was the 5 year anniversary of my ACL surgery.  Five years! The initial purpose of this blog was to interact and document my recovery from surgery and my return path to karate.  The anniversary posts are important to me.&n...
  • Spreadsheet Karate
    on May 10, 2012
    In my work life, everything has a spreadsheet:  sale forecasts, production plans, customer master lists, inventory, purchase orders, bookings and invoices.  At home,  I use spreadsheets to track my monthly expenses and balance my check...
  • ACL Injuries in Women
    on Apr 28, 2012
    From Science Daily:  For some reason, women tend to have knee motions that make them more susceptible to injury. Among other things, when landing from a jump their knees tend to collapse inward more than that of most men. They suffer significa...