The Art of Winning Blog

Monday, February 28, 2011

More Women are Empowered with Self Defense

When I first opened the Boulder Quest Center in 2005, I was interviewed for Women's Magazine. I was a mix of terrified and exhilarated, and come interview time, all too aware of what I could have said better. Luckily, I have a model for overcoming adversity and becoming more skilled (To-Shin Do in case you missed the reference)! Over the years, I've had a chance to practice with countless customers and advocates, as we all struggle to communicate the benefits of To-Shin Do training. I've worked with my teacher, An-Shu Stephen K. Hayes, and other school owners in the ninja-intelligence gathering of what works and what falls flat. I've worked with coaches through The Coach Connection and won an Emerging Entrepreneur award for my ability to communicate our vision. I've learned to preach to the choir and introduce new people to the path.

Now, nearly 5 years later, I had a chance to sit in the hot seat again. I was being interviewed by the Daily Camera for their 5 Questions segment. I had a great connection with the reporter and I felt that I delivered my points clearly and with the passion I have for changing people's lives for the better. In this article, I focus solely on the empowering benefits for women. Our self defense programs are intelligent, heroic, and adventurous and this article captures it well.

I hope you'll take a few minutes out of day to read and share this story. Plus, if you have any feedback for me, please leave a comment!

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Be ninja,
Mary Aitoshi

There's always some areas in an article that aren't as precise as I'd like them to be. Since I'm such a stickler for the details, it should be said that To-Shin Do is a modern practice based on the ancient Japanese tradition of ninjutsu. Also, the woman who was quoted in the article was AMY Wright (not Mary). If you a gorgeous and functional bag, check out their stuff (or ask me, I own 3).

Friday, February 11, 2011

Forest Ninja Spring Break Camp

In the age of tablet computing, ubiquitous cell phones, and hand-held consoles, our children often get separated from the natural world and the rhythm of life. Nature-Deficit Disorder is gaining clinical support and is often obvious in the fear our children have of the wilderness. This Spring, the BQC is excited to offer a remedy--a camp for kids 9-13 to connect with and gain confidence in the outdoors. With guides who are experienced wilderness facilitators, ninja, and group leaders, this camp promises to be our best ever. 

Forest Ninja Camp
The deepest teachings and traditions of the Ninja, as well as the Indigenous peoples of these lands, can be found in their relationship with the natural world. When we develop an authentic understanding of nature - and form a relationship of respect and gratitude based on that understanding - we develop the ability to read and harmoniously fit in with her ever-changing flow. When this happens – when we become “one mind” with nature – everything in our environment can become our ally. 
Come join us as we learn about and train in the arts of…
·       Iroquois Natural Living Skills and Philosophy (Onkwe’hon’we:neha / “Ban pen fu kyo!”)
·       Natural Awareness and Movement (Shizen  jikaku , Shinobi tai sabaki)
·       Animal Tracking and other Natural Patterns (Doubutsu tegakari,  Shizen moyou)
·       Natural Camouflage (Intonjutsu, Hensojutsu, Shinobi-iri )
·       Ten Thousand Changes: Preparedness and Proper Relationship with the Natural World 

Taught by Ian Sanderson and Randle Charles 
Ages 9-13 (or permission)
9am-12pm M-F
March 21-25

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winter Warrior

Wow, what a magical weekend! From the outset, we knew planning a seminar in February was a risky proposition but we also knew that to truly be ninja, we needed to be willing to take on greater challenges. Plus, we like to live lives of adventure and we were certain it would be just what it needed to be.

Some of the magical moments:
1. We didn't have the event-cancelling temperatures that happened in the days before and after the event.
2. We had no serious injuries despite a long hike, wilderness setting, fresh snow, and a fast drop in temps during the demos.
3. Moments where the action stopped and we just got to hang out in a fabulous winter setting. How often do we take advantage of those breaths?
4. Moments when the action was full bore and we got the wrestle in the snow like happy puppies. When is the last time you let yourself feel that free?
5. We deepened our connection with old and new friends. We got to see resiliency in action which is a rare gift between friends.

Do you have more moments that were incredible for oyu? Feel free to share in the comments or on our FB page. To-Shin!
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