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Karate Basics Simple, Direct, and Effective, Part 2

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The reverse punch is probably responsible for more points than any other single technique. Why? Simple. Direct. Effective. This is a reverse punch, so you will be punching with the hand opposite your lead leg. Start in a fighting stance, as above, left foot forward, rear foot at a forty-five degree angle. (more…)

Karate Basics Simple, Direct, and Effective, Part 1

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I remember preparing for my first karate tournament. I was excited, apprehensive and as focused as any beginner.

I had the luxury of practicing with a friend who had several more years of experience and about eight inches of height on me. I would try miserably to hit him with a ridge-hand, flying backfist, or some other fancy technique, but the results were always lacked promise. My sensei would look at me and say, “What’s that crap? Stick with the basics.” (more…)

Building Inner Strength

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One way to build inner strength is to practice with your eyes closed. This is especially beneficial doing Standing Meditation. Once you are in the firm SM stance and feel the chi flowing, close your eyes. (more…)

Making Wellness Work at Corporate Facilities. Part 4

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Special promotions. PBWM runs special monthly health promotion events to create greater awareness of different aspects of fitness, organizes fitness/wellness challenges for both individuals and teams, and holds fund-raising events to raise money for charities. (more…)

Making Wellness Work at Corporate Facilities. Part 3

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Says Brown, “Having a good programming room is essential for lifestyle-guidance sessions. It has to be non-clinical, friendly and pleasant. It has to have a warm atmosphere, and this can be created using soft lighting, plants, decor, etc. (more…)

Making Wellness Work at Corporate Facilities. Part 2

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Decor. Believing that a pleasant exercise environment is crucial to exercise adherence, PBWM pays great attention to the use of color, decor and lighting to ensure that stepping in to the facility, and staying to work out, remains an enjoyable experience. (more…)

Making Wellness Work at Corporate Facilities. Part 1

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When Peter Brown Wellness Management (PBWM) changed its mission in the year 2000 to focus on wellness rather than fitness, the facilities it manages experienced an increase in usage and participation. PBWM currently manages seven corporate wellness centers in London and its surrounding areas for leading United Kingdom companies. (more…)

Hunting Season Play It Safe Outdoors

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A hunter catches a glimpse of something moving in the distance. He readies his gun. ‘Could this be the buck of the season?’ No, it is a jogger wearing white on the wooded trail. Fall is hunting season so outdoor exercisers take precautions. (more…)

Solving Problems by Asking Why

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How firmly attached are you to certain beliefs? How set are you on the “right way” to run a health club, recruit new members or train your staff? Your mindset is very powerful and can often prevent creativity and flexibility in thinking and solving problems.

First ask why

To get to the root of a problem, it can be helpful to ask, “Why?” This question is important for discovering what a problem is about and how to solve it.

For example, say a manager wants to bring in more club members. Instead of immediately working on marketing strategies to recruit new members, the manager should ask, “Why does the club need more members?” The answer is that the club needs more revenue. Again ask “why?” This time, the answer is that there has been an increased number of member cancellations. Again, ask “why?” This time, no answer is forthcoming. Why members are cancelling their memberships is the underlying issue that needs to be analyzed. Without the process of using the “why” question, resources would have been wasted on recruiting new members and the real problem, member retention, would not have been solved.

A new approach for problem solving

After determining the true problem through the “why” technique, an alternative method of brainstorming, which entails solving a fictitious problem, can be applied.

Step 1: Define the essence of the problem. Using the previous example, the problem was not how to get new members, but rather how to retain members. With this method of problem solving, the real problem first needs to be discovered, defined and put into an open-ended question. For example, How can we retain our members? or Why are our members cancelling?

Step 2: Create a similar problem. After formulating an open-ended question about the true problem, a fictitious problem that has no direct relationship to the real problem, but has underlying similarities, needs to be created. For example, How do you get a fish to run a marathon? It may seem completely ridiculous, but that is precisely the point. The more removed from the real problem you are, the easier it will be to generate ideas that lack the influence of your predetermined mindset.

Step 3: Analyze the similar problem. Begin problem solving by listing all of the possible causes of the problem. In the example, list the reasons why fish have not run a marathon. The more obscure the answers are, the more free your mind will become. Some answers to the example might be that fish don’t have running shoes, they would run out of breath or they don’t know how to train. The more humor involved, the better.

Step 4: Find solutions to the similar problem. Try to find solutions for your listed reasons. Some solutions to the similar problem might be to hook up mini-oxygen tanks to the fish gills, put a bubble of water around the fish with just their fins sticking out or to add a “slip-n-slide” to the course.

Step 5: Trigger ideas for the real problem. Now, apply the fictitious solutions to the real problem of improving member retention. One solution implies changing the environment by adding a “slip-n-slide.” This could suggest that the layout of the club needs to be changed or new user-friendly equipment needs to be added. Another solution focuses on altering the fish by hooking up an oxygen tank.

This could be translated into members needing to be better adapted to the club, maybe through education and orientations so that members could reap the benefits of the club’s services.

Step 6: Test the new ideas. Finally, it is time to test your new ideas. At this point, get rid of any ideas that will clearly not work, but keep any that might be useful in the future. The value of this approach is to generate new, unique ideas.

The Inner World of Human Beings

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Expressionism seeks to portray feelings and emotions — in short, the inner world of human beings, which is necessarily personal, subjective, and intense. Expressionism as an artistic style appears in all the major art forms: music: literature, painting, sculpture, theater, dance, and photography. However, this idea is particularly apparent in painting. (more…)

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