The Art of Winning Blog

Monday, March 30, 2009

Decrease Fear, Increase Safety with this seminar

Mary Casey, owner and co-founder of Boulder Quest Center, is excited to announce a free women’s event in honor of Rape Crisis Awareness Month. On April 18, 2009, Mary and other teachers at the Boulder Quest Center are hosting Protect Yourself: Ladies Night. This free event is open to women interested in learning how to protect themselves in uncertain times. The workshop will teach scaleable responses for real-world applicability in defeating larger attackers, deescalating potential violence, and getting home safely. 3rd degree black belt Mary Casey leads this powerful seminar drawing on her years as a rape and family violence crisis volunteer, her adventures safely navigating scary locations throughout the world, and her 12 years exploring the secret arts of the ninja. Invite your friends and make this a memorable girl's night out! No martial experience needed -- just the desire to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Protect Yourself :: Ladies Night

Saturday, April 18
3pm to 5pm

Mary Casey, President
Boulder Quest Center
1200 Yarmouth Ave
Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 440-3647

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cool ninja!

Congratulations to Boulder Quest Center red-white belt and City Councilwoman, Angelique Espinoza, for being named "Woman of the Year" by the Boulder Business and Professional Women (BPW).

From the BPW news release:
The 2009 Celebration of Women Event gives Boulder BPW the honor of recognizing the women who serve our community by supporting and inspiring others to promote BPW’s mission politically, professionally and personally. The honorees chosen by this year’s committee encapsulate the level of participation, equity and economic self-sufficiency for working women we hope to advocate for all women in the future. These women are the “super heroines” of our time!

Woman of the Year – Angelique Espinoza A long-time Boulder resident and CU alumna, mother, small business owner, community leader and volunteer, Angelique Espinoza is “walking the walk” through her intimate involvement in the political landscape to instigate change, accountability and responsibility in our city government. A former Boulder BPW Board Member for three years, Angelique has been a true advocate of women’s issues. She faithfully honored her commitment to produce the monthly newsletter, despite being in the middle of her own campaign. Her courageous leap into politics as a City of Boulder Council Member is an inspiration to all.
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Please join me in congratulating Angelique on this major honor!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hooray for Awkward Moments

Every martial artist struggles with graceful transitions. Whether we're discussing the transfer of weight between feet or the shift from student to Coach, everyone struggles to maximize grace and minimize awkwardness. Yet the awkwardness holds for us the greatest moments of revelation. Too often, I watch students trying to rush through the awkwardness, pretend it's not there, or make it insignificant to the final result. Despite any negativity about our own shortcomings, we should instead embrace them. Our awkwardness is to be celebrated!

Every day offers opportunities to witness our awkwardness. Did you have a awkward phone call that you know could have gone better? Did you snap at someone who was trying to help but you weren't ready for that help? Did you try to execute a forward throw, only to fall down when you got the results your tried to create?

Awesome! Truly this is a process, a revelationary moment to be viewed with amazement at the depth and complexity of a single moment. This is also a perfect moment for true connection with someone if you can gracefully own your part in the awkwardness, people will gravitate to your authenticity, rather than be intimidated by your attempt at perfection.

My advice for martial artists or anyone looking to improve themselves: Get off the Busy Bus. Too often the mantra of "I'm so busy" has become the answer to the question "How are you?" Stop it. Slow down and watch what you are doing. Some of my biggest breakthroughs have come from slowing down long enough to see what mistake I am making. "Stop, stop. Stay back. And give your brain room to breathe".
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