two young martial arts students

Strong-Willed Child

Question: With a strong-willed child, how do you tame their will without breaking their spirit? Answer: I am glad you asked about “without breaking their spirit.” That shows that you see being strong-willed, stubborn or the like is not a “bad” thing. People who do well in life are those who show tenacity. A strong […]

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Master Amanda Olson breaking boards


Many of you know about my 100-board break to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital a few years ago, but you may not know that it was one of the hardest things I have endured in terms of the physicality of the event.   I’ve broken many boards in my 40 years of […]

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kids bullying a victim

I Think That My Child Is Being Bullied

Question: How do I know if my child is being bullied? Answer: If you suspect your child is being bullied then you should act right away. I will outline here what to look for and then how to help your child with some do’s and don’ts. To begin with, let’s define bullying. Bullying is when […]

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diverse kids with hands out


I grew up in a small town in Florida that was sandwiched in between two US Airforce Bases. There were people coming and going from all over the world. Also, being a tourist area on the beaches people from all over came to visit. Living in a community with a diverse population of people was […]

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