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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Book Review - What to say when you talk to your self?

"Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us." 
~Earl Nightingale

As part of my year living like a karate master, I am engaging in alot of peak performance mental programming. In other words, I feel that in this challenge physical training is not good enough - how we think and our perceptions become reality.

What to Say When you Talk To Yourself gives you practical techniques and advice on monitoring and changing your self-talk - reprogramming your mind for success.

Most of us engage self-sabotaging and self-defeating self-talk. Unfortunately, these thoughts usually go unchallenged and therefore become our reality. Dr. Helmstetter provides an excellent step by step method to identify these damaging thoughts and replace them with more productive self-talk.

Over the last month since reading this book, I have successfully used it to help me in many areas of my life. The method is very simple. You just create simple positive self-talk statement that you repeat to yourself daily. I found that walking my dogs was a perfect time to repeat these statements. Also, if you catch yourself repeating one of the old negative thoughts, you should repeat your new positive one a few times to counteract it.

Recently, someone showed me an opportunity to offer karate class in the Adult education section of the Pennridge School District Newsletter. At first, I thought of every reason it would not work, but my positive self-talk made me make the call. I found that all my reason for not calling were completely unfounded and we had a terrific opportunity open up for us.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ask Dr. Robyn Silverman - Ever had your child say "I HATE you" when angry?

Here's some terrific advice from Anyone with kid's should bookmark this site.

Dr. Robyn Silverman provides specific tips to parents so that they can help their children learn some constructive anger management. Anger Management is the Powerful Word of the Month this month– and is a vital social skill that helps everyone better function in relationships and prevent unnecessary violence.

Today’s letter is from Susan in San Diego, who writes:

Dear Dr. Robyn,

I feel like the worst Mom. My son is 4 years old and he has always been a very sweet and loving boy. But the other day when we were playing with his toy trucks on the floor he got really mad, threw the truck down, and told me that he hated me! I was so surprised that I didn’t know what to say. I want to be prepared for the next time it happens (if it happens). What should I do?

Susan, San Diego, CA

Watch the Ask Dr. Robyn video to find out some answers to Susan’s question that can help any parent teach their child about how to cope with their anger.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Live like a Karate Master - Our Soft Lifestyle

A Blizzard came though Pennsylvania a few weeks ago and dumped over 20" of snow. During this time, on top of 100 strikes with the sword and kata training that I'm required to do, I shoveled the 20" of snow.

The hard labor combined with the training remind me of the hardships and difficulties the ancient masters endured and the commitment it required for them to continue to train in karate despite it. They typically did conditioning trained in the morning, performed hard labor all day, and practiced kata at night.

It made me reflect on the comparably soft lifestyle we live. Most of our lifestyle require us to get up and sit on the way to work...sit at work... And to go home only to sit again. Our sedentary life has made soft from inactivity.

The karate masters of old had a life that was more difficult and trying. Could these trials and tribulations create the longevity that they enjoyed?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Live like a Karate Master - Funakoshi's Way of Life

I thought on my path to live a year like a ancient karate master that I should re-read Funakoshi’s self biography called Karate-Do: My Way of Life ~ just to make sure I wasn’t missing something important.

In the book, he talks about taking responsibility for himself and refusing to let others do everyday chores for him, including his wife like making his bed and cleaning. In the morning he meditated and practiced kata. I decided that meditating in the morning and practicing kata right before classes worked best for me.

On the lighter side, Master Funakoshi admits taking nap at noontime ~ I guess naps are in my future. HaHa! Funakoshi also spent time for artistic endeavors in the afternoon ~ calligraphy.

As for eating, he mentions eating sparsely and enjoy vegetables along with some meats & fish, but no real restrictions. For me, I am assuming that junk food would be difficult to find in his era so I am severely cutout sweets.

Funakoshi put a serious emphasis on the importance of walking. He walked 2 ½ miles each way to his teaching job every day for 30 years. I decided to add walking to my daily habits. My dojo is one mile from my home and I will make a conscious effort to walk there. Also, I walk my dogs daily an additional mile or two. The conditions for walking are much harsher in Pennsylvania with cold, snow, and ice in the winter compared to Okinawa’s semi-topical climate with winter temperatures averaging 58 and high humidity which is similar to Pennsylvania summers.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532

Monday, March 8, 2010

Building a Better Teacher

Building a Better Teacher
There are more than three million teachers in the United States, and Doug Lemov is trying to prove that he can teach them to be better.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532

Friday, March 5, 2010

The 5 foods you should eat every day on Shine
Eating right on a budget can be a challenge, but it's certainly not impossible. Consider this your cheat sheet to the 5 inexpensive foods you should eat everyday for optimum health. #1 Leafy greens Medical experts call them one of nature's…

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532

Thursday, March 4, 2010

False Sense of Entitlement in Children & Teens - How To Change It

I hear someone once call the current generation, the NOW generation. I think this is an invaluable article for any parent with children in the current generation. In my personal experience, when you give kids too much, the gifts sifts from being respected to expected. Read this article, you won't regret it!
Almost as soon as your child begins to talk, youll start to hear him ask for things. In fact, when an infant cries, hes asking for food or to be made more comfortable. By the time he reaches the age of four or five, his constant

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

14 Angle Attack Form for the Sword

Here's a great sword form to practice all the different angles of attack with the sword.

Here's an image of the basic sword cuts.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie

This is a great recipe off of the pillsbury website.

Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie
Whether you have a bounty of zucchini from your garden or you pick up a few from the supermarket, this savory pie is a winner!
Prep Time: 30 Min
Total Time: 55 Min
Makes: 6 servings
2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter
4 cups thinly sliced zucchini
1 cup chopped onions
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2 Eggland's Best eggs, well beaten
2 cups shredded Muenster or mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2 teaspoons yellow mustard

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and onions; cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in parsley flakes, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and oregano.
2. In large bowl, mix eggs and cheese. Add cooked vegetable mixture; stir gently to mix.
3. Separate dough into 8 triangles. Place in ungreased 10-inch glass pie plate, 12x8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish or 11-inch quiche pan; press over bottom and up sides to form crust. Firmly press perforations to seal. Spread crust with mustard. Pour egg mixture evenly into crust-lined pie plate.
4. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. If necessary, cover edge of crust with strips of foil during last 10 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532