Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Safety

Safety Tip from Flowery Branch Karate!

Halloween can be one of the most exciting holidays of the year! Unfortunately there are some safety issues that should be addressed with all parents and children who are going trick or treating!
One of the most important factors in a safe Halloween experience is the mindfulness of the parents or supervising adult! There are three main factors to focus on: Always maintaining sight of the child, Being aware of any suspicious adults around the houses that your child is at, and checking the candy to be sure that it is safe for the children!
On Halloween there are a lot of dark costumes, and it may be easy to mix up your child with someone else who has a similar costume, so in order to keep a close eye on your child it may be a great Idea to get a bright and unique costume, so that it will be easy to tell your child from the rest. Also if you are with a group of children (or even with one) it may be safest to walk your Child to the door of each house, instead of supervising from the car.
Another important tip, is to be aware of any adults, especially ones that look out of place, near where your child/children are trick-or-treating. Abductions happen all the time, and unfortunately this is a huge reason why many parent try to avoid Halloween! But there are some great Ideas to avoid many of the dangers of Halloween!
Lastly for the parents it is very important for the kid’s safety to check all of the candy to be sure that the packaging has not been tampered with.  Any opened or tampered candy should be thrown away. Look for any tears, small openings, or damaged wrappers.
The most important factor in a child’s safe Halloween experience is the child! When a child knows and understands safety awareness and stranger danger Techniques, then they will have a much better chance of avoiding Halloween dangers!
At Flowery Branch Karate, we offer many awesome programs that keep kids safe all year long, including Halloween! Children’s safety is our priority! Flowery Branch Karate offers many classes and courses including Children’s Self Defense, Stranger Danger, and Safety awareness Classes! We Also have fun Halloween activities including Trunk or Treat and Halloween parties, where parents know that their children will be safe! If you have any questions about our courses, programs, or parties offered at Flowery Branch Karate, then please visit our website for more Information:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A students perspective of "Why I Like HapKiDo"

A while back I asked students to give me 50 reasons why they liked HapKiDo and I put the list of one student up for everyone to see. The students came up with all 50 with no problem a lot of them was same thing over and over. You may think this as a bad sign but to me it means that what they are learning is important to them as students and or as parents of students. One of many reasons that stood out was the "Respect". Not only is the respect shown from student to student and to instructors but the respect given back from student to student.  Many students mentioned learning how to kick different ways and punch. Another popular reason was self defense, some say that doing the techniques made them feel good about themselves. Others liked self  defense because it made them feel safer in this community, something that helps in schools not to be bullied. Holding your head up showing confidence is a great bully buster, no one likes to go after the self confident one they go after the timid person who keeps their head low hoping not to be seen. Another very popular reason was making and meeting new friends. The feeling of community and family fell into this category and that too helps with the confidence and respect leading to anti-bully situations.