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Monday, October 26, 2009

3 Delicious and Healthy Shish Kabobs Recipes

Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs

Serves: 4 servings

Dijon-Rosemary Steak:

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, stemmed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes

Citrus-Tarragon Chicken:

  • 1 orange, zested, then juiced, remainder discarded
  • 1 lemon, zested, then juiced, remainder discarded
  • 1 lime, zested, then juiced, remainder discarded
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

Veggies For Kabobs:

  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Italian squash
  • Baby potatoes, boiled until cooked through
  • Corn on the cob, husked and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds

Balsamic Basting Vinaigrette for Veggies:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 1 hour to retard charring.

Directions:

Whisk together all of the Dijon-rosemary steak ingredients (except the steak) in a bowl. Toss the steak in the mixture until evenly coated. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.


Whisk together all of the citrus-tarragon chicken ingredients (except the chicken) in a bowl. Toss the chicken in the mixture until evenly coated. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.


Whisk together all of the lemon garlic shrimp ingredients (except the shrimp) in a bowl. Toss the shrimp in the mixture until evenly coated. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.


Cut vegetables into bite-size pieces.

Puree balsamic basting vinaigrette ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds.

Place meats, shrimp, and veggies in individual bowls and set out buffet style. Instruct your guests to skewer their own kabobs and baste veggies with balsamic vinaigrette.


Grill kabobs directly over heat source for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning 1/4 rotation every 2 to 3 minutes, or until the meat and/or fish is cooked throughout.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

How to use time-out punishment effectively - by Tim Rosanelli - Helium

Here's an article I wrote for Helium...

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A time-out can be an effective discipline strategy for children if used in combination with other strategies and loads of positive reinforcement. The time-out is only effective if applied correctly and requires some restraint and emotional control on the parent's part.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 10~ Up to Five Years

This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

Fourth Year
Beginning of year four, I finished the Ultimate Black Belt Test and received my Fifth Degree Black Belt. After the test, I turned my focus towards our school.

At this time, two books hugely influenced my thinking “The E-myth” and “The Four Hour Workweek.” The E-myth influenced me to systematize everything in our school from the way we start new students to the curriculum. The Four Hour Workweek taught me to outsource everything that got in my way of teaching great classes but still maintain a high level of service – This philosophy lead me to many behind the scenes improvements like integrating my accounting with Quickbook, automatic marketing systems, and an answer service.

These improvements freed up huge blocks of time for me to work on further improvements. During this year, I started documenting my ideas regularly at this blog. I found that the act of writing helped further clarify my thinking and acted as my sounding board and career coach.

In walks Leadership…
In the spring of our Fourth Year, I wanted to get ideas and coaching that would push our program to the next level. I found the perfect match. An organization, National Association of Professional Martial Artists, began offer a coaching and masterminding program called the Peak Performers. I applied and got accepted into the program.

The Peak Performers helped me realize that the main purpose of our karate program is teaching leadership and success skills. Eureka! I recognized this was the next step to thrust our school to the next level. I brainstormed on the idea and quickly started organizing our school towards this new vision.

About this time, I began receiving random calls and e-mails asking for advice from other karate schools. I didn’t know that the year I spent systematizing the school was usual and that most of these school owners were very unorganized. To this day, I still help many schools by providing some of the tools I created to them.

Fifth Year
By the fifth year, the economy hit a total meltdown. People ask me all the time about how it affected me and our school.

Here’s my story…
I was almost oblivious to it, because in September 2008, our son was diagnosed with cancer. We spent most of our time worrying and assisting him through the two surgeries that the economy really seemed insignificant. Thank god, that our son’s treatment was a tremendous success and he’s been cancer-free for six months now.

The poor economy did hit the other school owners hard. Four karate schools in the immediate area closed leaving us almost alone. With the lack of other schools, we ended up having one of our best years with our highest student count ever.

Thank you to all my students that make our school great!

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 9~ Third Year

This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

Our third year was one of the most exciting. We were much more organized and the school was running smoothly. At the beginning of the third year, I was considering give up my full-time job.

Quitting my full time job wasn’t easy. First, I loved the challenge of my job and my boss was great. Also, I found that the business skills I was learning were very valuable to my career and the company. My mindset changed from just an employee to that of an entrepreneur and business owner.

Because of this mindset change, I received three promotions and almost doubled my salary in three year. My boss was mentoring me for a director position in the organization.

But…
On a personal side, I was stretched to my limits working full-time during the day and teaching 5 times per week on nights and weekends. I quickly approached burn-out.

After much talk, Ester and I decided that I would quit my regular job. I gave notice at the beginning of December to leave in the beginning of January. I had many things to transition to other people.

I remember the first few months having difficulty figuring out what to do with my new found time. That January, I visited a friend with an extremely successful school, Sensei Dan Rominski. I was truly amazed and impressed how well Sensei Dan and Kim ran their school.

They provided me with tons of information and from that point on, I decided to work towards fine tuning our school to run as well as theirs did.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 8~ Second Year

This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

Two great things happened in the Second Year. We moved into our current location and I was accepted into the Ultimate Black Belt Test.

Moving into the Dublin Village Plaza

By the second year, our program grew from a start of 30
students to about 50. The karate program was growing so much that teaching two times per week didn’t seem like enough. We feared that our school would eventually become a problem for the church so it was time to find a suitable spot.

At the time, there wasn’t much available. We tried to get the spot where the Rita’s was, but the lease was already in negotiation. Finally, a spot opened up in the Dublin Village Plaza. We were suppose move in by November, but because of problems with getting the occupancy permit, our move was delayed until the end of January.

Teaching for the first time in our own dojo felt great, but it also felt strange and foreign.

Ultimate Black Belt Test
Now that I was free from my organization, I wanted to expand my martial arts to a new level. I discovered Master instructor Tom Callos’ Ultimate Black Belt Test. It was toted as the hardest Black Belt Test. It looked like a perfect match for me.

I applied to the program and was accepted. The acceptance e-mail warns that we are not to even consider quitting. I laughed at that so I knew that I was the right type of person for this challenge.

The Ultimate Black Belt required me to get training in areas that I never experienced before. At this point in my training, I only had experience in stand up fighting because my former association did not allow us to train in other disciplines. Over the next two years, I learned Brazilian Jiu Jitzu (grappling), boxing, and weapons training. My skills as a karateka (karate student) skyrocketed.

The Ultimate Black Belt test required many other spiritual and altruistic endeavors like meditating for 15 minute per day (a daily practice I still maintain), empathy days, and community service activities. I enjoyed the community service requirement because I wanted to learn how to make our school an asset to our home town.

One of the most important and valuable parts of the UBBT was it put me in contact with some of the best school owners in the country. Through talking to the members and the visits to other karate schools, I experienced their best practices. I used this information to restructure our curriculum, class formats, and basic business practice to become a professional martial arts school instead of the part time school, we were at the time.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Maximum Impact Karate’s Anthology Part 7~ Sad Goodbyes and a New Beginning

This is the continuation of Maximum Impact Karate's Anthology giving a personal history of events leading up to our dojo's 5 year anniversary.

Although Ester and I were excited about the new school, our first year strained our relationship with our old school ~ formerly the Center Club and our organization the American Japan Karate Association.

When Ester and I found out that we got the place, we knew that I’d need to leave the Center Club of Lambertville where I taught. We wanted to give plenty of notice so we invited the Director of the Karate Program, Rob DeAngelis and Ann Marie out to the Porterhouse a month prior to our start up in mid-August.

We told them about our exciting plan and they were excited for us. Since they were getting married in September, I stay on until after their Honeymoon so they wouldn’t experience any staffing issues.

The next day, I received an e-mail from Rob and discovered that he wasn’t so excited about me leaving. He informed me that decisions like this need to go through our instructor, Sensei Safar and that I need to ask his permission to move forward. I e-mailed our Sensei with the good news. He gave his consent and seemed excited or was he…

Two weeks after Rob’s honeymoon, I left the Center Club. I expected a happy send off but instead no one was told. I didn’t feel it was my place to say anything because it could have been viewed as me attempted to steal clients and I wanted to conduct myself ethically.

Leaving all of those great students was one of the most difficult things in my life. A week later, I was asked to return to say goodbye to everyone. I guess they experienced some backlash from me leaving.

Our strained relationship continued until Memorial Day 2005. I was still attending weekly classes on Sunday’s at the new Solebury Club before it moved to the current location. I asked Rob if we could link website to help our Google ratings.

Suddenly, I got a rambling e-mail from Sensei Safar the next day. The e-mail asked me if I remembered where I came from and that I needed the organization or my school would fail.

After receiving the e-mail, Ester and I talked about it and came to the conclusion that our relationship with this organization was holding us back instead of propelling us forward. We were already considering leaving because they would not allow us to make certain improvements to our program because of tradition. Also, it was obvious by the sudden e-mail that people were working behind the scenes attempting to sabotage our success. I knew in my heart that to move forward it was time to leave them behind.

I send an e-mail to Sensei Safar as a formal resignation to the organization.

In retrospect, our resignation propelled us forward and enabled me to expand my martial arts exponentially. Since then, I forged some great relationships with many of the top schools in the country that infused new life into my karate and our dojo.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
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