Our youth classes will spend time focusing on the Anti-Bullying Pledge created by Kovar Systems.
The Anti-Bullying Pledge
I believe everyone has the right to feel safe. I will commit to standing strong against bullying. I will treat others with respect and kindness. I have the compassion to not be a bully and the courage to not be a bystander. It is my responsibility to help others who are being bullied and to report bullying when I see it or when it happens to me. I will not stand by. I will stand up.
Flag Sparring is one of our students’ favorite drills!
It’s important to maintain the following rules to make this drill work:
1. NO RUNNING. Flag Sparring is meant to practice footwork and defense.
2. NO HOLDING TO YOUR FLAGS. Movement and blocking are the ways we defend our flags.
3. NO GRABBING YOUR PARTNER. There are versions of Flag Sparring that involve grappling and even ground work, but we only do those with the older students.
4. NO HIDING YOUR FLAGS. Your flags should be visible and within reach.
Our Junior Class (5-7 years old) has been reading through the Bunjitsu Bunny books by John Himmelman during our Mat Chat time. Each story contains a relevant life lesson delivered in subtle and creative ways. The series features “The Bunjitsu Code,” which is a list of promises students make which will improve themselves and their lives. I recommend these books highly for both your child’s personal library and your dojo’s book collection.
Using the S.M.A.R.T. guide to setting goals helps you clarify your ideas, focus your energy, and use your time productively. Take a look!
Link to the PDF is here:
By Sensei Bud