Friday, February 25, 2011

Brett Loewenstern

West Boca Karate wishes our Black Belts, Brett Loewenstern, all the best as he moves towards his dream of being "The Next American Idol"

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Raising Confident Kids

Confidence comes to us through experience and feeling good in our own body- Experience comes about by doing things for our self. If your child asks you to do something you know they have the ability to do by them self, step back and insist they do it. Your children will acquire the experience and will truly be excited once you start to jump up and down shouting to the world how great they have done. Children observe the messages that are played out through their family's beliefs about size, shape, weight and self esteem. Parents can often be alerted to problem signs of low self esteem in their children when their child mentions a falling out with another child at school. Young children will often act aggressively when things don't go their way - they lash out, bite, kick, hit and punch. This is because children learn through observation, there is a close connection between childhood obesity and self esteem issues. Please look here for more information.

How Do Children Handle Fight Or Flight Response?

How Do Children Handle Fight Or Flight Response?

Children and Adults alike handle Fight Or Flight Response in much the same way. However, as life teaches us, it's not what happens to us that is important “things will always happen to us” it's what we do with what happens to us that is ultimately the deciding factors as to our success or failure. Fight or flight is our body's primitive, automatic, inborn response that prepares the body to "fight" or "flee" from perceived attack, harm or threat to our survival. What are the signs that our fight or flight response has been stimulated or activated?. When our fight or flight response is activated, sequences of nerve cell firing occur and chemicals like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are released into our bloodstream. Blood is shunted away from our digestive tract and directed into our muscles and limbs, which require extra energy and fuel for running and fighting. In short, many of the major stresses today trigger the full activation of our fight or flight response, causing us to become aggressive, hyper vigilant and over-reactive. To protect ourselves today, we must consciously pay attention to the signals of fight or flight. For example, in times of emotional jeopardy, the fight or flight response can sharpen our mental acuity, thereby helping us deal decisively with issues, moving us to action. If you end up in a fight, you'll hit harder, jump higher and think and dodge faster than usual. We often forget how much of a problem overwhelming anxiety can be. Panic attacks, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder all have the potential to be quite disabling. A child who is not well adjusted, possibly having low self esteem and being overweight has little chance of being successful. It's, in my opinion, that there can be no better activity to address this type of concern other than Martial Arts. Please check our Blog's.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Might and Right

"Might does not make right, but might does make what is and what has been in history. Only recently has Urantia "Earth" reached that point where society is willing to debate the ethics of might and right." Urantia