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You Are Worth Defending
by Jennifer Lawler
The 2004 Resolution
You'll Love Keeping
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Are Worth Defending
* Excerpt from "Dojo Wisdom" by Jennifer Lawler
When I first began
teaching martial arts, I showed a woman who had just started taking lessons
some basic techniques, including what’s called a “two-finger strike,” a jab
with the index and middle fingers to he attacker’s eyes.
Jennifer Lawler is a black belt
and author of twenty books including, “Tae Kwon Do for Women,” “Coaching
Women in the Martial Arts,” “Kickboxing for Women,” “Punch: Why Women Participate
in Violent Sports,” and “Martial Arts for Dummies.” She earned her
Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas in 1996. She is experienced
as a tournament competitor, judge and referee, and martial arts and self-defense
instructor. Currently, she devotes most of her time to writing and speaking
about martial arts training. Her latest book “Dojo Wisdom” explores using
martial arts as a practical guide to improve daily life.
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* Excerpt printed with permission from the author. Dojo Wisdom, Peguin Publishing 2003. All rights reserved.
Each NewYear's Eve millions of women vow that this year will be the year they start a fitness program and stick to it. According to a USA Today study, only about 22% of people who establish New Year's resolutions
actually follow through with them. There are many reasons why so many people fail to keep their personal promises. One of those reasons is lack of planning, another is often a lack of commitment. Each winter the fitness industry bombards the media with advertisements around the holidays. Miracle diets and magic machines are described as the new and easy way to get fit and stay fit. Consumers often end up bored and discouraged after spendinghundreds of dollars. The problem rests in setting a goal of weight loss instead of a goal of fitness as a lifestyle. In order to succeed with a fitness program, the goal itself must be to implement a plan and follow through with it. In other words the key to any weight loss program is consistency. There simply are no miracles or magic involved in getting fit and losing weight.
Martial arts is fitness with a purpose! So, practicing a martial art is a great choice to help you achieve your fitness goal. Those who practice martial arts learn to understand goals, make plans (resolutions) and develop the skills to achieve those plans. In addition, martial arts are a lot of fun. No one will stick with a fitness program that isn't enjoyable. It is much easier to commit to a fitness goal and achieve lasting results if you're having fun doing it. Because it's so much fun, martial arts is a great way to get in shape and stay in shape while learning self defense and valuable life skills in the process. Make fitness with a purpose your 2004 goal!
Kicks Rank Promotions
Welcome new White Belts: Gwen and Jillian...
You're on your way!
Joanna in action! Joanna checks out her new junior orange belt.
Newly promoted senior students.
Left to right: Molly, Meghan, Alyssa, Julie, Gaby and Katie
A special congratulations to Katie who earned a medal for her outstanding performance in Pre-arranged Sparring.
A happy new purple belt, Julie hugs Sabum Nim
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