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Trainer Appreciation Day

Trainer Appreciation Day

03 July 2018
Your instructors do so much for your school and one of the best ways to make them feel appreciated is to coordinate a Trainer Appreciation Day! There’s a seemingly never ending list of fun and creative things that you can do for your instructors, but narrowing it down can become overwhelming...
Don’t Be A Black Belt School: Zulfi Ahmed

Don’t Be A Black Belt School: Zulfi Ahmed

06 October 2016
             Zulfi Ahmed Zulfi Ahmed is at the very top of the pyramid of successful martial arts school owners. His recent EFC Summit presentation was about a mind-bending concept: instead of promoting your school as a “black belt school,” why not aim...
The 5 Most Effective Stress Reduction Techniques

The 5 Most Effective Stress Reduction Techniques

09 May 2018
When was the last time that you found yourself working at all hours of the day (and night), shuffling the kids to and from various activities between meetings with clients, managing a business (or two, or three), maintaining a household, attending out of town business ventures, and more times...
Nuts & Bolts: Are you tapping the pencil?

Nuts & Bolts: Are you tapping the pencil?

By Kathy Olevsky

27 April 2016
Kathy OlevskyOne of the most important lessons I learned from the late Mr. Nick Cokinos was to spend time just thinking. He asked us to go to work, sit at a desk and tap our pencils. He wanted us to take the time to empty the cup (our minds) and see what thoughts came to us about the business of...
Black Belt Parent Series: Being Present and Supportive, but not Overbearing

Black Belt Parent Series: Being Present and Supportive, but not Overbearing

19 February 2018
Most of our students strive to achieve one common goal - receiving a black belt.  As our students put in the time and effort to gain discipline, moral values, and achieve their physical goals within the martial arts system, our school’s parents should be doing their part to support their...
Make Sure “Your” Job Is More Than “A” Job

Make Sure “Your” Job Is More Than “A” Job

03 November 2015
  Kathy Olevsky Commander Ned Muffley from EFC called me a few days ago to talk about something. He laughed as soon as I got on the phone. I asked him what was so funny. He said he was just surprised when he got to talk to a school owner before 4:00 p.m. I remember sitting in an EFC board...
Understanding Sport Versus Martial Arts For Self-Defense

Understanding Sport Versus Martial Arts For Self-Defense

30 May 2017
  Understanding Sport Versus Martial Arts For Self-DefenseA key area of dispute in martial arts training lies around the distinction between training for sport versus self-defense. There is, of course, the age-old debate surrounding martial arts with full sparring versus more theoretical...
How Successful Martial Arts Teachers Deal with Stress

How Successful Martial Arts Teachers Deal with Stress

30 October 2015
Here are some ways to deal with stress. What are yours? [caption id="attachment_3199" align="alignright" width="125"] Tony Thompson[/caption] Meditation Every morning I go outside and sit there and listen to the sounds. I go over a poem about how to uplift other people. I believe that if I can...
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