The Art of Winning Blog

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Karate Kid in Boulder?

What makes the Karate Kid so popular? I think the Karate Kid speaks to a dream that resides deep in our souls. The desire to be uplifted, saved, and empowered. We long to find within ourselves, the strength to stand up for who we are and our beliefs. The same energies that drive us to explore new lands, found new organizations, and keep our principles sacrosanct.

Then we set out in search of a path that can live up to that promise, that can speak directly to the place deep in our selves and our sense of purpose. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of helping others find the strength to live their lives to their full potential. I felt the opportunity offered in this human life was too important, too sacred to be wasted.

I found the answer to that promise in To-Shin Do. It is at the heart of why I opened the dojo in 2005. I want people to find their strengths, passions, friends, and good works. That path begins with earning your white belt in a system that promotes your values and represents your heart. That’s why I offer everyone a chance to try a class at no charge, because you are your own most important teacher. 

Take advantage of trying your free class by calling (303) 440-3647. I look forward to helping you unleash your potential.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Self Defense and Empowerment Journeys

Warrior Divas with the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s “Journeys through EXPAND” program recently completed a 6-week, self defense, and empowerment program. These brave women have all been dealing with the effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) and the post-traumatic stress that accompanies this type of injury.

For most people with MTBI, the injury represents a loss of control, both in the event of the injury and in dealing with the traumatic effects in the aftermath. Our class focused on building confidence, establishing a new power base, and learning useful skills for self defense. Each class had mind and body skills designed to help these women use their bodies and even their injuries to their advantage. We practiced how to fall down and get up, striking skills, and boundary setting.

“Through this class, I learned the self defense isn’t about just the physical. It’s about your sense of self and defending your principles”, said Sophia, who had a powerful success story of turning an adversary into an ally thereby. “We had so much fun, it makes it stick. It’s amazing what you can learn in just six classes” added Lenora.

It was quite the blessing to be able to work with these women and to share their insights, vulnerabilities, and potentials. This class helped women connect with their inmost power and was summed up perfectly by Cara: “I learned I can be powerful, even when my body is failing.”

If you’d like to schedule this empowering work for your group, please contact
Mary A. Casey II, President, Boulder Quest Center.
Stephen K. Hayes Pro Shop

1501 Lee Hill Road #18|Boulder, Colorado 80304|Phone: 303.440.3647|Email: