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Is this your first time in a Tournament?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 10 September 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

What you need to know to prepare for a fun experience.

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Your First Tournament is going to be great!

Everyone has a first tournament. We try, in Karate International, to make it a great experience. “Dojo Tournaments” as we call them, are smaller than the big open tournaments. Therefore, they cost less, and they get over with quicker!  All students can choose what divisions they want to enter, even though we encourage you to try a little of everything.

What age should you be to start martial arts?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 11 June 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Right now is the perfect time!

MrOMeo2What age is the right age to start in martial arts?

by Kathy Olevsky

I think I hear this question about once per week.  Sometimes the question is coming from parents who what to know when to start their child in martial arts.  Sometimes the question is coming from adults who actually want to know if they should have started when they were children.

We Don't Punish the Behavior We Want To Encourage!

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Comments can make it better or worse

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by Kathy Olevsky

Sometimes as parents, it is so hard to know what is right, what comments will damage and how to encourage greatness. As instructors, we seem to have the same issues. One thing we can all try harder on is to stop making fun of the behavior we actually want them to show!

We tell our instructors we all have a child in class who is constantly spinning and just doesn’t generally do anything you tell them to do. Then, one day, they actually execute a great front snap kick. The wrong comment would be:

“Okay now Johnny if you just did that more often, you might actually get promoted.”

The better comment would be:
“Okay now, Johnny; that is what I like to see, what a great front kick!”

I’m sure parents can relate to this one. Maybe you have said something similar in a snarky voice when they finally cleaned their room.

Don't Forget About Endorphins

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Thursday, 22 March 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Endorphins - the Secret Weapon

Don’t forgOld boxing gloveset about Endorphins!

by Kathy Olevsky


If you are one of the many adults who is dealing with your everyday life and stresses, let me remind you of something you already know. This is a case of “it worked so well, I quit doing it”. Think back to a workout you had one time, that was unbelievably exhausting but yet you felt great when it was done. On that day, you probably walked out of your workout feeling a little high from knowing you burned a gazillion calories, strengthened your core, improved some skills and basically performed really well. That feeling you had of pride and accomplishment was enhanced by the Endorphins you experienced after working out so hard.

Negative Comments Can Be Destructive

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Don't let others de-rail your Parental Decisions

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By Kathy Olevsky

Often times, in the martial arts business, we hear that students all of a sudden decide they don’t want to do Karate. This confuses the parents and our instructors when the child had been doing very well in martial arts prior to this latest revelation. Over the years, we have found out some very interesting facts that undermine our best laid plans as parents.

5 Signs you need to know about Dehydration

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Wednesday, 28 February 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

It's not just thirst...understand dehydration!

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Check out these 5 signs that you may need more water!

by Kathy Olevsky

YOUR path to Black Belt

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 05 February 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

A personal journey to success.

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 The path to Black Belt is very personal.  The important thing for everyone to know is that there is a path.  When people watch those of us who have already achieved Black Belt, they sometimes compare themselves to those of us who have spent 5 years or 35 years getting to where we are in the martial arts.  That is the big mistake.  The path is defined and easy to follow, but takes a good attitude and the ability to commit to something that is important to you.  You do not have to have a natural talent for it.  We will teach techniques to you that seem foreign at first but become comfortable and eventually show off your talent.


Mr. O's Holiday Message from 1994 still has value

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Expressing Love is the best way to enrich life

1996In 1994, Rob Olevsky, or as we call him, Mr. O.,

wrote an article around the holiday season.  I think

it is worth a re-print as it appears to be a timeless message. 

I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends and family.

 

Why should children start Karate as early as 3 years old?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Building physical skills and focus at an early age


cutest winner eveThere used to be a time, when someone asked me what I thought was the perfect age for a child to start taking Karate, I would generally answer with “eight years old” as the best age.  However, we actually start teaching children in our Little Samurai class at 3 years old.  I am pretty sure, we explored teaching pre-school martial arts, because of the requests from parents of our older kids.  That was about 18 years ago.  Now I have a totally different outlook on teaching this age group. 

My teenager is driving me crazy!

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 26 June 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Martial Arts Classes can be your secret weapon

teens and kids smallWhen your teen is driving you crazy with his or her decisions, remember this is a phase and they are good people.  It is not uncommon for a teen to start to show a side to their parents that they have never seen before.  Your normally perfect child, all of a sudden starts making decisions that are questionable, at least, and maybe even a little dangerous.

Who takes Karate?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

All kinds of people, with different reasons, enjoy Karate.

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Who takes Karate?

There are so many different types of people who take Karate, but there are also similarities. We teach pre-school children, children ages 5-12, teens, and adults.  

We find that in the children, we often get the children who do not choose to participate in team sports.  Or, if they do participate in team sports, their parents have already noticed that sooner or later, there will be a time where they can’t move forward.  If you are not the best on the team, you don’t move up to the next best team.   There are children who enjoy team sports but just don’t thrive in the sport.  There are children who just really don’t like team sports at all.  Most children thrive in Karate!

Thirty Years Later - a story of 30 years as a female Black Belt

on Thursday, 22 December 2016. Posted in All About Martial Arts

A Black Belt Anniversary

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I celebrated my 30th year as a Black Belt this month.  I was promoted to my 1st Degree Black Belt on December 18th, 1986.

In fact, I started taking Karate right after I moved back home following my college years.  I had gone to college to become an elementary school counselor, only to find out that I had to first become a teacher.  Once I did my student teaching, I decided that this was not my career choice after all.  That was an interesting time.  I had just spent 4 years in college and now I had to figure out what to do with my life.



Halloween Safety Tips!

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Have fun and be safe this Halloween.

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(thanks to Stephen Reinstein for these tips)
Halloween is such a fun time of the year for children; but when children encounter tricks instead of treats, this holiday can become very scary – and not just because of the decorations and frightening costumes. Abductions, bullying, candy that has been compromised are all things that can make Halloween a scary holiday for children and parents.

Why isn't everyone a Black Belt?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in All About Martial Arts

The work is hard and the journey is fun.

Promotion Ceremnoy shot 4How many times have your friends in the martial arts said, “I don’t know why more people don’t study the martial arts”?  Well, I can answer that question.  The perception is that it is something special and not everyone can do it.  In fact, it is just the opposite.  Working towards Black Belt takes discipline, but this is a learned skill and anyone can do it. 

While we want every Black Belt to feel special because of the effort and dedication they have put in, we also want them to make their friends believe that they can do it too.  It is an amazing accomplishment for those that put the work in.  But, just like anything else important in life, if you want to do it, you can reach this goal.  

The Journey to Black Belt

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 03 October 2016. Posted in All About Martial Arts

We are a Black Belt School

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When I first started in the martial arts back in the late 1970’s, it was common to hear an instructor say to a student that only 1 in 1000 would make it to Black Belt.  That statement was a source of pride.  It meant that a Black Belt was to be truly honored.  It meant that a Black Belt was not a common man (or woman).  It was said with good intentions, but it did irreparable harm.

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