Martial Arts Advantage kicks off its Holiday Party at 11am, Saturday, December 15th. The festivities are being held at our North Tampa location.
Everyone is welcome to attend and you can bring as many friends or family members as you like. Also, we are asking families to bring a favorite food dish to share.
Oh! And, don't forget the prizes we will be raffling off! There will be shirts, accessories, gift certificates, and more. One of the gift certificates is from Edible Arrangements who will also have a lovely (and delicious) arrangement on display. The grand prize is a hanging, heavy bag to call your own!
Raffle tickets are $2 each or TEN for $10.
Ever have one of those moments where you ask yourself, "Why didn't I do that a long time ago?" Well, I just did and because of that I updated the pattern definition sheets to include each "Ready Stance".
So, just in case you are looking at an old definition sheet, you should see the following information layed out:
- Pattern Name
- Movement Code (number of moves plus which foot returns)
- Pattern Definition
- Junior Definition (ages 9 years and younger)
- Ready Stance
Definition Sheets are located in the Members Section. And, as always, ask your Instructor for the login/password if you do not have it.
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My friend Mary just got a bit of unpleasant news: Her boorish brother-in-law, Jack, is coming later this month for a holiday stay.
Jack's presence makes everyone in the house uncomfortable. He can turn from friendly to overbearing in an instant. Even the dog cowers under the table when he's around.
Mary's husband doesn't want to create waves within the family, and is reluctant to say anything that might further disturb the peace.
So Mary, a gracious host, has patiently tolerated Jack's behavior for years. But she's concerned with the way this behavior affects her kids -- it's her home, after all -- and has decided that now is the time to take a stand.
Mary's situation is a perfect example of how the Verbal Defense & Influence methodology, which some people associate with workplace issues, can apply to the thorny issues that snarl up our personal lives.
Two important concepts come to mind, and they're deeply connected. First is the idea of a social contract, the "house rules" that people are (or, in some cases, aren't) held to.
Verbal Defense & Influence Consultant Joel Lashley talks about the social contracts that exist in various settings, how people behave, hold one another accountable and what happens when behavior reaches the point of unacceptability. (To view a short video by Joel, click here.)
In Mary's case, it is up to her to review the social contract that's been in place up to now: What house rules need to be strengthened? What behaviors cannot be tolerated? She must have her new social contract in place, one that she is able to articulate with confidence, by the time Jack arrives.
She must also be vigilant for warning signs and confident in her ability to speak up at the first sign of obnoxious behavior. But that brings up two fundamental questions: What to say, and how to say it.
That's where Jill Weisensel's bystander mobilization concepts are invaluable.
Possessing a bank of premade, pre-practiced, phrases is useful to engage others and also to deflect verbal abuse. So I shared a couple of Jill's engagement phrases with Mary:
"You know that's not OK."
"Could you clarify what you just said, I'm not sure I understood that correctly?"
"I didn't expect that from you."
"Could you please choose another word?"
Mary and Jack might never see eye to eye, but she doesn't have to approach this visit with dread. She has the tools to make things better.
Happy Halloween from our Martial Arts Advantage Family to yours! There are no classes today in observance of all the ghoulish festivities to be had.
Normal classes will resume tomorrow. Also, next weekend is graduation (Nov. 9th/10th) so be here for class to receive your invitation.
Again, have a Happy Halloween and make it a safe one. Here is a list of great safety tips for all the families trick or treating.