Stop Bullying (posted 5/4/2018)
Bullying is becoming a serious problem in today’s society. Whether it’s mental, verbal, physical, or even cyber bullying, it needs to be stopped. Bullying is more common than we realize. Studies show that between 15 – 25% of all kids up through high school age are bullied, while many bullying incidents go unreported. That’s almost 1 out every 4 kids are bullied. It is estimated that each day 160,000 kids will miss school for fear of being bullied.
Many adults don’t even know that their child is being bullied because many kids are afraid to report it. It’s important to talk to your children and get to know how things are going at school, social events, in the neighborhood, or even sporting activities. Specifically ask your child how are they being treated by other kids. That will help open the dialog, and could expose potential problems your child may be having with others. Even if your child is not encountering bullying problems it’s good to educate them about the topic, and prepare them with the means to deal with it if it happens to them. There are many good resources online for parents and kids to learn about bullying and more importantly to learn about prevention and intervention strategies.
In many cases if our kids simply stand up to the bullying they can stop it. But many don’t stand up for themselves because they don’t know what to do, especially when the bullying gets physical. That’s wher... Read More
Carson Eldred places 4th in State (posted 2/25/2018)
Congratulations Carson on an awesome finish to your sophmore season placing 4th in the state at 113lbs. What a tremendous accomplishment. Carson was the 5th wrestler in his school history (Westfield High School) to place 4th or higher in the state tournament. Carson completed his season with a record of 44-5. Carson also is accomplished in the classroom as he holds a 4.0 GPA. Time to enjoy the moment and we're looking forward to more great things from Carson both on and off the mat.
Carson Eldred Qualifies for State (posted 2/12/2018)
A big congratulations to Carson Eldred for qualifying for the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals. Carson enters the state finals with a record of 42-3. Carson, a sophmore has had a stellar season in the 113 lb weight class. This season he was County champion, Conference champion, Sectional and Regional champion, and was runner up at last weeks Semi-State. He follows the footsteps of his older brothers Dillon who was a State Qualifier his senior year, and Evan a 3 time State Qualifier, with a 3rd, and 6th place finish. The state tournament is Friday, Feb 16 and Saturday, Feb 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Friday night 16 wrestlers in each weight class will battle it out in session 1 of the tournament. The 8 winners will move on to Saturday to determine their placement. Carson has worked very hard this season and is excited to compete in the state tournament.
Exercises to help your Jiu Jitsu (posted 11/1/2017)
I often get asked by my students what can they be doing outside of the academy to help improve their conditioning for Jiu-Jitsu? The advice I give depends on the goals of the student, i.e. if they want to compete, or just want to improve upon their everyday training at the academy. For the sake of this article, I’m going to focus on the average student, one who is learning Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art, as a self-defense system, who attends class 2–3 times per week and is not looking to compete for the time being. For the student who is training to compete in the sport of Jiu-Jitsu I would have different recommendations.
The average student may come to class 2–3 times per week. They have a job, or maybe go to school, may be married and have a family, and most have activities and commitments outside of the academy. They certainly don’t have the time or even the desire to train and workout 6 days a week as a Jiu-Jitsu athlete may do. Therefore, as in an earlier article I wrote, I said that the best way to prepare your body for Jiu-Jitsu is by doing Jiu-Jitsu. But for those who ask what else can they do outside of the academy to help improve their body and performance here’s some recommendations.
1. If you already belong to a health club use the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike a couple times a week for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t have access to any of those, then fast-pace walking or jogging or jumping rope at l... Read More