I Want to Say Thank You With Two Hands

I have some experience in two formal styles of greeting etiquette (four if you include Dickens Faire Victorian and Renaissance Faire Tudor, which I’m not) which disagree on the polite way to hand something to someone. In a Shito-Ryu Karate Do dojo, when you want to give or take something respectfully, you do it with two hands and a […]

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3 Strategies for Helping Disruptive Students

Before last semester, most of my teaching experience came from Karate. For the first few years of my undergrad, 2 friends and I taught 3 classes a week of Shito-Ryu Karate Do and Taekwondo. We were all black belts, all women, and except for me, all under 5’3″. It was fun, but every so often […]

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Yes We Can, Yes We Can

One of the first stories I remember hearing about myself involved the phrase “Yes We Can”, 17 years before Barack Obama would use it as his campaign phrase. I was in my second year of preschool, and one of the little boys had just walked up to me and told me, “Girls can’t fight.” I […]

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Choosing Actual Empowerment Over Talking About It

Today was a talk by Dr Leila Ahmed, Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School on “Contemporary Trends in American Muslim Women’s Activism.” It covered just about every topic I get excited about lately: women’s rights, politic change, faith. Dr Ahmed is personally inspirational and her talk sure to be fascinating. I 100% did not attend. […]

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Corrections to Japanese words!

Hey all, My Shihan kindly offered these corrections to my post on having trouble translating Japanese into English–it is so cool to have someone to look out for me (and correct my spelling :-D) “Bunkai: Analysis of the movements of the kata. “Oyo: the application of the movements from the kata, as one might actually […]

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