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    What do kids need?

    May 1st, 2017

    Last time, I talked about how we use routines and structure in
    our martial arts classes to help our students develop their
    ability to focus.

    That’s why martial arts in commonly recommended for children
    with A.D.D.

    I encourage you to strengthen the routines and patterns you have
    with your children.

    Having this structure helps them establish a solid footing in
    their work.

    Good teachers at school use these same techniques – they start
    the day with a consistent routine and then utilize an established
    class format throughout the day.

    Now let’s move on to the topic of repetition, another important
    keystone in learning martial arts.

    Parents certainly know how repetition appeals to children: How
    many times have you read the same bedtime story over and over? Children crave routines and patterns that help them feel secure.

    Learning and mastering patterns is essential in the martial arts. In order to progress to the next belt or rank, one must
    memorize a form (also called “Poomse, Hyung, or Kata”).

    Because these forms progress in difficulty, they help sharpen focus and build concentration. Once a student has mastered their
    form, they have a great sense of confidence and enthusiasm as their skills progress.

    The importance of learning through rhythms and patterns is very often overlooked in our modern lives. Our society sometimes
    urges us to let go of the old and constantly move onto the newest and most exciting toy, blockbuster movie or gadget.

    Help and encourage your child to understand and value the importance of repetition and structure into their lives. Let them
    hold onto old favorites, enjoy their favorite meal and yes, read that bedtime story to them one more time.

    Good Luck!

    Sincerely,

    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Kids Need Consistency

    March 30th, 2017

    Issue # 19 Consistency is Important for Kids
    Hi,

    Over the course of the past couple of months, I’ve outlined my
    school’s methods for motivating students, and offered tips for
    establishing a positive, encouraging atmosphere for children.

    I hope you’ve tried some of these techniques at home and found
    them to be as successful there as we find them to be in our
    martial arts schools.

    Next, I’d like to share with you the proven method that we use
    to structure our lessons. We find that it helps quickly children
    settle into class and focus on the subject.

    It is very simply, the use of repetition and routine.

    When children come to martial arts class, after a long day at
    school, they know exactly what to expect: Class starts with a
    series of stretches, then moves into some drills. They know to
    expect this structure, and it helps them clear their mind and
    move into the more challenging portion of the lesson.

    By the time they are warmed up, they’re feeling confident –
    they’ve been doing what’s familiar and comfortable to them –
    and are ready to learn something new.

    The routines and structure we use in martial arts classes have
    been proven to help children focus – martial arts are commonly
    recommended for children with A.D.D. because of our solid
    structure and clearly stated expectations.

    To bring this principle into your home, why not rethink the
    routines you have with your children. Have you put into place
    structured routines for bedtime, chores and homework? These
    are perfect opportunities to bring order to your child’s day.

    Good Luck!

    Sincerely,

    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    The Founder of Hapkido

    February 26th, 2017

    The Founder of Hapkido by Grand Master Darren Norris

    Yong-Sool Choi is recognized as the founder of Hapkido worldwide and was given the title of Dojunim. Yong Sool Choi was born in Chung Buk province in Korea. He is one of the most influential people in the development of modern Korean martial arts as the founder of Hapkido. His parents died when he was very young, and he was taken toJapanby a Japanese candy maker when he was 8 or 9. Choi became very homesick and was abandoned by the candy maker so he had to wander the streets as a beggar which resulted in him being regularly assaulted by other children.

    A Japanese man noticed Choi’s situation so he took Choi in and eventually adopted him. Before Choi went to school to get an education, his name was changed to Tatujutu Yoshida.

    His education was unsuccessful. He did not speak enough Japanese to understand the teachers. He became disinterested and often fought with other children, so he was asked if he wanted to stay in school or learn martial arts.

    He chose martial arts, and went to a Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jutsu dojo with Sokaku Takeda (1860-1943), where he trained for nearly 30 years. He began to make plans to return home toKoreaand did so in the winter of 1945 and changed his name back to Yong-Sool Choi.

    During the trip home, Choi lost his money and the certificates which were proof of his training with Takeda Sensei. He decided to stay in Taegurather than to return to Chung-Buk. He worked as a bread salesman on the street for a year, and managed to save enough money to begin raising pigs. To feed his pigs, he would travel to the Suh Brewery Company to obtain free leftover grain chaff.

    In 1947, Bok-Sub Suh, the president of the Suh Brewery Company, witnessed Choi defend himself against several attackers, with little effort. He was very impressed so he sent someone down to bring this man to his office.

    Suh asked Choi what kind of martial arts he practiced. Choi didn’t answer, instead he just asked Suh to grab him by the lapel. When Suh grabbed the lapel, Choi easily executed an elbow lock and threw Suh to the floor. Suh grabbed Choi’s lapel again, and he was thrown to the floor a second time. After being defeated twice, Suh asked for Choi to teach him, promising him more free chaff, as well as paying him for lessons.

    Choi agreed so Suh prepared a Dojang at the brewery where Choi could teach what he had studied for so many years in Japan.

    Over the next few years, Choi began to establish himself as a highly respected martial arts instructor. He called his art Yoo Sool (Korean pronunciation of Ju-Jitsu). He taught mostly what he had learned from Takeda Sensei, slowly adding other techniques, including some kicks and weapon techniques.

    Suh suggested that the name YooSool be changed to YooKwonSool, to represent the fact that as well as joint locks and throwing techniques, they were also practicing strikes and kicks. Later the name became HapKiYuSool and then was shortened to HapKiDo which is written using the same characters that are used for Japanese Aikido.

    After the end of the Korean war, he opened his own private school in Taegu and began to teach a few other students. This was in 1953. Some of his students during this period had already founded, or had gone on to found their own styles. These include: Hwang-Kee (Tang-Soo-Do), In-Hyuk Suh (Kuk Sool Won), Dr. Joo-Bang Lee (Hwa Rang Do), and Han-Jae Ji (SongMuKwan Hapkido).

    About the author: Grand Master Darren Norris is the US Representative for the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association, a certified master of Hapkido, YuSool and Korean Weapons and owner of Five Rings Self-Defense of Etowah, NC. He is the host of the Annual KMAIA Weapons Certification Course and can be reached at his website www.masterdarrennorris.com Be sure to Like him at www.facebook.com/masterdarrennorris


    Keeping Kids Tuned In and On Track

    January 26th, 2017

    Keeping Kids Tuned In and On Track

    Hi

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    Over the course of several weeks, I’ve outlined my school’s methods for motivating students, and offered tips for establishing a positive, motivating atmosphere for children.

    I hope you’ve tried some of these techniques at home and found them to be as successful there as we find them to be.

    Next, I’d like to share with you a secret that we use to hold students’ attention. It’s almost like the old adage about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar: Ask, don’t shout.

    Everyone likes to be asked to do something, not always told to do so. I like to tell my instructors that in order to get the kids to practice on their own or to always use their best technique, they should try asking instead of commanding.

    For example, we can say, “Johnny, can you do your kicks,” or we can scream, “JOHNNY! DO YOUR KICKS!” Both get the same result, but the first one is more pleasing to deal with.

    Besides, if I constantly am shouting orders, I see that my students begin to tune me out. It is always better to get kids to comply with a question.

    That’s not to say we don’t sometimes demand action. But we do mix it up, because constantly demanding is overbearing. We want students to realize that we want them to do their best – and that sometimes, we have to ask.

    When we give them our best, they respond by giving us their
    best in return.

    Good Luck!

    Sincerely,

    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Motivating Children to be Winners in Life

    November 28th, 2016

    Create the Mood for Motivation

    Last week I shared our school’s technique for motivating
    students to try harder, which we call “Praise, Correct, Praise
    and Challenge.” In this newsletter I want to offer some insight
    into the importance of setting the atmosphere.

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    But first, let me ask you a question: When you were a kid, when
    did you ask your parents for money? When they were in a good
    mood, of course! You knew they’d be more receptive and generous
    if they were feeling happy.

    We do the same thing with students, setting a positive
    atmosphere and reaping positive results.

    To do this, we make sure our school is an upbeat place to be.
    I tell my instructors that as leaders in my school, we are in
    the business of creating a mood for learning and being the best.

    Stated very simply, we want to project a positive spirit and set
    the stage to make sure students are inspired to learn.

    As parents, you know that being positive around your children
    will always make them strive to be the best. As we mentioned
    in previous newsletters, students are motivated by praise and
    encouragement.

    When students and families walk in the door, we greet one
    another with a bow and a smile. From the moment they step foot
    into the school, they know they will be treated with positive
    encouragement.

    Therefore, they do not fear being ridiculed for trying. They do
    not fear failure because they know they will be encouraged to
    keep going even when the going is tough.

    By creating a positive, upbeat mood, we have found that students
    don’t fear trying new things, even if they are difficult. They
    know they are in a positive place.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Positive Praise First

    September 28th, 2016

    Positive Praise First

    Over the course of these past four posts I’ve shared our school’s strategies for positively motivating children to do their best.

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    In this newsletter, I want to discuss a common mistake that I’ve seen other teachers and parents sometimes make along the way. In their desire to help children do their very best, they offer “constructive criticism” right from the very beginning.

    However, if children hear praise first, they are much more willing to keep improving. We train our instructors to seek the positives first, to be “good finders.” Once they praise our students for their efforts, they share ways to improve upon their technique.

    So it sounds like this: “I like the way you kicked. Now if you turn your foot this would be better. Great! Now do it 10 more times just like that!”

    Instead of being guarded and defensive, the child is motivated by the praise to try again.

    I also see this with parents. They love their child and want them to do so well that they first correct their child instead of first praising them for their efforts. This minor tweak will really boost your child’s desire to be the best.

    Our instructors call this, “Praise, Correct, Praise and Challenge.”

    I hope this helps. To see my instructors in action, stop by our school and watch how well students respond to our successful style of teaching.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Making Positive Choices

    August 30th, 2016

    In the last three newsletters, I’ve share three strategies we use to get the most out of the children in our martial arts classes.

    In this newsletter, I want to discuss a concern we frequently hear from parents about making the right choice. They ask:

    “If someone asks my child to do drugs (or some other harmful activity), will he or she make the right choice?

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    Well, in my years of experience in working with children of all ages, I’ve found there are two key determinants to children
    making the right choice.

    1. Level of Self Confidence and Self Esteem

    Children with the highest level of self confidence and self esteem will always make the right choices because they will
    not wilt under peer pressure. That’s why martial arts classes at our school in Etowah places so much emphasis on developing children in this area.

    2. The Personal Standards Others Have For Them

    We’ve learned that children generally live up to whatever standard we expect of them. Within martial arts we use the level of “black belt” as a way to communicate the standards we expect. For example, we label our black belt achievers as the children who never give up, do their best, are always honest and are the most respectful.

    We encourage our parents to work as hard as we do in building their child’s self-esteem and setting high standards.

    For example, related to education, we have some parents who expect a masters degree from all of their children and, to know one’s surprise, that’s what ends up happening.

    Kids will live up to the image they have of themselves and the adults in their life have of them — and, if that image is a positive one, they will always make the right choices in life.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!

    Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Positive Labeling with Martial Arts in Etowah

    June 26th, 2016

    Last time I told you how we use POSITIVE SELF LABELING to

    get the most out of the children in our classes.

    In this newsletter, I want to describe:

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    Strategy #3 — WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME

    For example, our instructors might say,

    “Who wants to get to the next level in martial arts?” (kids all raise their hand)

    “Well, if you do, you are going to have to learn this new martial arts move and I will give you a sticker when you do.”

    In other words, we let our children set a goal for themselves and then we tell them how and offer an award if they accomplish the goal set.

    How can you apply this strategy? You might say to your child:

    “Do you want good grades” (yep, your child says)

    “Well, if you do, you should ask for extra credit at school. That will give you a better shot at good grades and you can get extra play time (or some other family incentive).

    Just make sure your child knows WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM.

    In this and the last two newsletters I’ve shared three strategies we use to get the most out of our children. I hope you have found this information valuable.

    In the next newsletter I’m going to discuss how to help your child make the right choices in life.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Positive Self Labeling in Martial Arts Class

    June 1st, 2016

    Last time I told you how we use POSITIVE LABELING as one our
    strategies to get the most out of children in our classes.

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    Our parents use this strategy also with great results.

    Are you continuously looking for opportunities to POSITIVELY
    LABEL your child?

    In this newsletter I want to tell you about the second of the
    three strategies we frequently use.

    Strategy #2 is POSITIVE SELF LABELING

    For example, we might ask the entire class:

    ”Who wants to be strong?” (kids all raise their hand)

    “Who wants big muscles?” (kids all raise their hands).

    “Who wants a super strong hand technique?” (kids raise their
    hands)

    “Well if you want these things than you are going to have to
    do push ups. Show me your ten best push ups.”

    In other words, we let our children label themselves with a
    goal and then we show them out to accomplish it.

    How can you apply this strategy? You might say to your child:

    “You want to be smart?” (yep, your child says) “You want good
    grades?” (yep, your child says). “Then, getting all your homework
    done is going to be very important.”

    POSITIVE SELF LABELING — it works for us and it will work for
    you.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    The Truth About Martial Arts Schools

    April 24th, 2016

    The Truth About Martial Arts Schools

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    Do Government Agencies Protect You and Your Family From Unqualified Martial Arts Schools and Unlicensed Instructors? The Answer May Surprise You!

    The Truth About Martial Arts Instructors Is A revealing report by Grand Master Darren Norris of Etowah, North Carolina.

    As with school teachers, doctors, pilots, and any other profession, all Martial Arts Schools or Instructors are not created equal.

    First of all, you have to remember that in the USA, Martial Arts are just that – AN ART FORM. Martial arts schools in the USA are not federally or state controlled as they are in Korea and Japan. North Carolina isn’t the only place that you will find unqualified instructors running schools. It is a national epidemic.

    In Japan and Korea you can actually earn a college degree at a Martial Arts School. In the USA, there is no consumer watchdog agency to ensure the quality or legitimacy of Martial Arts instruction. There are no national standards, criteria or requirements for Martial Arts. Many people have abused this system and it is up to you, as a consumer, to try to find a good instructor.

    So does that mean that if my Instructor is Korean or Japanese that he is qualified? NO, unfortunately the majority of those Korean and Japanese instructors in the USA came here as low ranking black belts to open a school because there were not licensed to do that in their country. You won’t have that problem if you attend our Aikido and Hapkido school in Etowah, North Carolina. All of our instructors are internationally certified.

    Essentially anyone can open a Martial Arts school after obtaining a business license. I have seen schools run by 15 and 16 year old children. In Korea you must be at least 24 years old to test for an instructor’s license. In the USA people can order an impressive looking certificate from some mail order organization in any Martial Arts magazine.

    Decent schools have instructors with a reasonable idea about what they are doing with their art and their teaching ability and at the same time also understand how to run the school as a business so they can pay the rent and keep the lights on.

    That being said, what does that tell you about their martial art, their ability to teach what you are looking for and the actual benefits that you will receive from studying with them? Nothing much.

    In other words, a “Reasonable Idea” about their ability to teach Martial Arts and the ability to keep the lights on: Is this the Criteria upon which to base your choice of Martial Arts School?

    The best Martial Arts instructors are “Self-Regulated”. They seek out the proper training and certifications from the organizations for their Martial Art in the homeland country. For Korean Martial Arts schools that would mean belonging to the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association or one of the branch member organizations.

    First a few rules of thumb to consider:

    You will encounter many “Masters and Grandmasters”. Their schools’ advertisements will tout their owners’ amazing achievements in Martial Arts competition or in rank achievement.

    Many school owners will claim to be high-ranking black belts such as 6th degree black belt up through 10th degree black belt. Every Martial Arts style has a slightly different scale of belts or sashes and ranks. Don’t let this confuse, impress or intimidate you. Think of it as nothing more than someone who has gone through elementary school, then on to middle school, high school, college and possibly graduate school. However, in the USA nearly 99% of these ranks are self-appointed, NOT from the world headquarters in Korea.

    Rank means nothing if the knowledge of the “Masters” cannot help you achieve your goals. All schools will claim to teach the standard fare: discipline, self-confidence, respect, etc. All schools will try to impress you with the qualifications and accomplishments of the owner or master. However, you will almost never be taught by that person, but by his or her junior instructors – often times you may be taught by an 18 year old who is a 1st degree black belt or sometimes even a brown belt. There is nothing inherently wrong with this as long as you do receive some instruction from higher ranking black belts that are certified instructors as you increase in rank over time.

    Some schools will tout the fact that they belong to some national or international association or federation related to their Martial Arts style. This is not a bad thing, but it is not a guarantee that you will receive quality instruction or that there will be good focus on self-defense. Many of these organizations are mere sports organizations that do not teach a realistic self-defense system.

    Most schools will try to fit you into what programs they have to offer. You want to try to pry more info out of them on how they will fit your needs and specifically how they will meet the claims that they make.

    Finally, keep in mind that Martial Arts schools are not miracle factories. You will have to work hard and put a lot into it in order to get a lot out of it.

    For the best Martial Arts training in Etowah, North Carolina visit 5 Rings Self-Defense. I personally invite you to visit our location for a free trial lesson.

    Sincerely,

    Darren Norris

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense 125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729 of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993 Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!