When most people first decide to take a 'self defense' class or enroll in a martial art program, one of the many things they fear or problem they want to solve is, "How do I not get hit, held, controlled by the hand(s) or something in the hand(s) of an attacker?" This is where [...]
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The Welch Martial Art Experience is proud to host the return of French Savate & Le Cane with Professor Salem Assli. Please plan to join us September 12th & 13th 2020! What could be more socially distant than learning self defense with the shoes on and extending your reach with a 40+ inch walking stick [...]
As I write this, it is three days before Thanksgiving. The noose is tightening, as the holidays get closer, and bring a good friend – Stress! Thanks to the dramatization of television and the melodramatic postings on social media, everyone embraces the notion holidays are stressful and can lead to severe depression. And it’s absolutely [...]
“Bullying is associated with negative consequences that can last far longer than the years a child spends in school…” -Coach Kevin Kearns, Always Picked Last Has your child come home crying because a child was mean at school? Have you overheard mean comments on the playground? How responsible are we as parents, for these comments [...]
Kindness If you have children or have worked with or been around them for extended periods, you know they do and say some pretty interesting things. There are massively popular threads that deal with wild things kids have said. “Kids Say The Darndest Things” ran as a segment on Art Linkletter’s radio show “House Party” [...]
How To Talk About Hate “Hate” makes for hard conversations. Often times, it is a difficult concept to understand. It’s a hard word to define. A hard word to experience. The whole concept of hate is painful, confusing, and causes all different kinds of thoughts and emotions in all different people. We define the term [...]
Finding Stillness Everyday, the modern world becomes more and more connected, more and more plugged in. In every adult’s pocket is a flat rectangular box that literally connects them to everything and everyone at all times. The internet has become the penultimate source of communication and information worldwide. All of this connection is at our [...]
What is the best Martial Art? Recently, a highly publicized bout between a Chinese MMA fighter and a Chinese Tai Chi master shook the Chinese martial art community causing a great deal of conversation worldwide. MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong openly stated many traditional Chinese martial arts were overly commercialized, and accused the old style masters [...]
Just about everyone has heard the phrase “stranger danger”. Everyone knows to stay away from strangers, that strangers are people we don’t know who could potentially hurt us. As children, we’re taught this in schools, by parents, at church or sports practices or on television – everywhere. The problem is, statistically the person most likely [...]
Next month, Elmo will be palling around with a brand new friend on Sesame Street: A Muppet named Julia. Julia is four years old with red hair and green eyes, and she likes to paint and pick flowers. Julia has autism. The character of Julia was introduced to the world last year during Sesame Street’s [...]