A Surprising First Step for Personal Growth…

Here we are, cruising through October.  And while the leaves have just barely started to change color, I’m reminded that this is, in fact, the time of year that calls us to slow down.  It’s our third week in “Water” month, where we explore the power of Flexibility, and one of its components, the power of Inner Calm.

Inner Calm requires Flexibility because to be at peace with ourselves, we first have to open to and accept who we truly are. That’s why our theme of the week is “Face Yourself”.  It comes from one of my favorite bits of wisdom by Audrey Hepburn who said, “You have to be absolutely frank with yourself. Face your handicaps, don’t try to hide them. Instead, develop something else.”

What beautiful, simple wisdom.  It spotlights the often overlooked fact that flexibility does not always mean changing who you are or how you do things.  Sometimes, it simply means changing your perspective. This week I invite you to see what powerful revelations come when you live as if you you could change nothing about yourself.  How would you grow and adapt if you knew you had to live with this version of yourself forever?

I think we can get so caught up in an imaginary, ideal, and *key word* future version of ourselves, that we neglect to just appreciate and work with the person we are now.

So, appreciating ourselves and our current reality is what it’s all about this week.  The kids will be revisiting the KidPower Trashcan technique from KidPower International, and we’ll also be checking back in to refresh how to use the Budo Energy Soother – an ancient Qi Gong move for calming down and centering ourselves.

Our techniques of the week are:


Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Ukemi Sokuho Kaiten Sokuho Ukemi (Break Falls)
Technique 1 Moving and Striking through Kamae Set 2
Technique 2 Muto Dori no Kata
Technique 3 Leaping at Back Angles Ichimonji no Kata


In other news, bday parties are booking up like crazy this time of year!  We suggest reserving several weeks in advance if possible. Head here to learn more and get on the list.

Thanks for reading everyone!


See you in the dojo,


Sensei Nesta

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