Some Rave Reviews for Powerful Words Character Development

Greetings All…they say a picture says a 1,000 words…I guess a video says a million, right?

We’ve had a bunch of Rave Reviews lately from some of our Super Star Clients!

Here’s a quick clip from Mr. Mark Kline of Kaizen Martial Arts in New Jersey!

Here’s a great clip from Mrs. Sandi Stevens McGee of Can You Say Geronimo Gymnastics in Alabama

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Hello everyone!

If you’re a powerful parent, please go to Dr. Robyn’s Blog which is created just for you!

See you there!

Dr. Robyn and Jason Silverman

Integrate Honesty Games into Your Class!

It’s honesty month! Master Joe Pena from Powerful Words Member School, Boston Tae Kwon Do in Massachusetts suggests integrating some honesty games into your curriculum this month!  Here are two of his favorites that are working great at his school:

  1. Dodge Ball: The children line up in two lines facing one another.  Each team has several soft balls to toss at the other team’s legs.  If you’re tagged by a ball, you’re out!  The children learn honesty in action.
  2. Noodle Games: The “It” Child is given a pool noodle.  All the children are told to run around the training floor.  If the child tags another child with the noodle, that child is out.

The other day, Master Pena told me that during the noodle game, one of the 5 year old children raised his hand and said, “so and so is not being honest. I tagged him but he’s not being honest and sitting down.”  What’s interesting here is not that the child is speaking up, but the words he’s choosing to say.  He is showing that he understands the concept of honesty and can use it correctly to illustrate a point.

Please don’t forget for one moment the impact of what you choose to teach everyday.  You are critical in your students’ development.  Through Powerful Words, your curriculum, and your creativity, you are creating leaders with character.

If you’re using any other honesty games, please let us know so we can post them up for everyone in the Powerful Words family to use!  We always loved “bowling” in which the children were the pins!  The children jump over or side step a ball or other soft object (we always used the tops of the heavy bags that slid right off the bases) that were tossed by the teachers or teen helpers.  The kids loved it.  Again, if you got tagged, you needed to be honest, and take yourself out of the game.  Last one standing was the winner.

Have a great honesty month!

A Really Cool Video…Let the motion create emotion!

Greetings All,

I found this awesome youtube clip on Platinum Level Powerful Words Client – Chris Herrman’s Website and thought you’d enjoy it. Isn’t it amazing how a video like this can cause you to experience such distinct emotions? How did you feel while watching it? What kind of video could you post on your site that causes your prospects and students to feel the way you want them to feel…inspired, excited, welcomed, etc.?

Enjoy folks – hope you’re having a great weekend…it’s a thousand degrees here in Boston!

best regards,

Jason M. Silverman

Powerful Words Character Development

Entire Family of Black Belts Prove Kicking Together Means Sticking Together!

Chris Herrman - Executive Director of Alpha Martial Arts & Character Development - Seattle, WAGreetings All! I’d like to take a moment to share a great story that Platinum Level Member, Chris Herrman of Alpha Martial Arts & Character Development in Seattle, Washington just shared with me…here’s the press release – enjoy!

Please feel free to forward us any exciting milestone’s like this and we’ll be thrilled to publicize them (and brag about you!)

Have a wonderful Weekend!

Jason M. Silverman
Powerful Words Character Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Entire Family of Black Belts in Bryant Prove Kicking Together Means Sticking Together

Seattle, WA June 6, 2008 – For the first time in Bryant history an entire family is earning their black belts tonight.

Dr. Marcio Sotero De Menezes, wife Rosario and their 15-year-old daughter, Gabriela, and their 12-year-old son, Paulo, will celebrate earning their black belts this evening. The Sotero’s, along with 6 other local black belt students, ages 10 and up, will be featured at a ceremony tonight at 7:00pm in the Eckstein Middle School Auditorium (3003 NE 75th Street, 98115).

Program Director and Instructor, Astre Kay, said, “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the progress and growth in students and the amount of support they get from their families. After working here for 3 years I’ve found that the families that kick together stick together.”

Interspersed between performances by students as young as four years old, our newest black belts will be demonstrating some of the skills that they have developed over the last several years as students at Alpha Martial Arts. Black belt mother and wife Rosario Sotero de Menezes said, “Confidence and positive self-esteem are benefits of martial arts for individuals of all ages. In my experience there is nothing more confidence building than mastering a self-defense technique to the point that you feel you could use it in a confrontation or perfecting a form so that your body flows effortlessly through the movements.”

Chris Herrman, Executive Director and Master Instructor of Alpha Martial Arts, believes earning a black belt is a process of physical and personal growth…far more than most would suspect. “Alpha Martial Arts curriculum and the Powerful Words Character Development system provide our students with the opportunity to learn about, practice and experience first hand, the skills that will help our students to become grateful, helpful, leaders in our community. Our school stresses the importance of developing an Attitude of Gratitude. This is one of the many ways we build black belt leaders from the inside out.” says Herrman.

Chris Herrman is the Executive Director and Master Instructor of Alpha Martial Arts and has helped thousands of kids, teens, and adults to embrace a positive and healthy lifestyle.

For a Lively and Information Packed Interview, Contact Chris Herrman.
Photos and Video Cheerfully Provided.

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Teacher Appreciation Week Success Stories…

Greetings All,

Well, we’re starting to get some amazing feedback from many of our Powerful Words member schools about their Teacher Appreciation Week Events. We’d love to hear and share your stories as well – so please let us know how it went (videos, and pictures are always appreciated!!!)

Success Story #1:

Evon Thornton from East West Martial Arts in Chestertown, MD called me last week to tell me how exciting her teacher Appreciation Week was…She had 26 school teachers attend AND 4 School Principles!!! WOW! This was all done with a relatively small enrollment…it just goes to show that Mrs. Thornton obviously teaches with passion and has some raving fan students that wanted to show their gratitude to their teachers. Well done Evon!

Success Story #2:

Mike Brooks from Zandri’s Martial Arts (a very smart marketer) shared these YouTube videos with us to show how well his teacher appreciation week went…the videos speak for themselves! Well done Mike!

You can (and should) read more at Mike’s Blog by clicking Here and Here

As many of my personal coaching clients know, I am a big fan of using YouTube video to help enhance your school’s google rankings in addition to creating a BUZZ at your school.

I’ll update you soon with more success stories about Teacher Appreciation Week!

best regards,

Jason M. Silverman

Powerful Words Character Development

Gymnastics Injuries: Like Football for Girls?

Here is an excerpt from an Important article in Bay State Parent Magazine’s May issue.

GYMNASTS Tumble & Vault Themselves Into The ER


NATIONAL STUDY SAYS GYMNASTICS HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST INJURY RATES OF ALL GIRLS’ SPORTS

BY jennifer lucarelli

THE FACTS

600,000 kids, mostly girls, participate in gymnastics

• Nearly 27,000 gymnasts get serious injured each year, according to the national study. These numbers are similar to ice hockey, soccer, and cheerleading.

• Most injuries happen at schools and recreation centers, where supervision is lacking.

• Injury rates tend to spike during Olympic years, of which this is one.

THE STUDY

Contrary to what some parents may think, gymnastics is considered by some as the football of girls sports when it comes to injuries.

Though it’s a graceful and exciting sport to watch and participate, a new national study, the first-of-its kind, shows gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates of all girls’ sports, ranking it among contact sports like hockey and soccer.

The study, conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, compiled gymnastic related injuries from emergency rooms nationwide from 1990 to 2005.

The data revealed that children age 6 to 17 averaged 27,000 injuries per year. That totals nearly 426,000 injuries during the 16-year study.

“Many parents do not typically think of gymnastics as a dangerous sport,” said study senior author Lara McKenzie, PhD, MA, principal investigator for the Ohio hospital in a release. “In fact, many parents consider it an activity. Yet gymnastics have the same clinical incidence of catastrophic injuries as hockey.” Read the rest of the article.

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