Entries by Darren


Twice a week, every week…

For development of new skills, improvement of old skills and general growth and progress. But why? Developmentally As you know, training twice a week is the minimum requirement for all students. With advancement in rank, that minimum goes up as the volume of techniques increases (both at the rank held as well as the need […]

Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

As parents, we know that self-esteem is key to a child’s success and happiness in life. A child who values herself and knows that she is lovable, capable and unique, will be more successful in navigating tough issues such as bullying, drugs and sex. So what can parents do to foster self-esteem? Here’s what parents […]

Martial Arts Help Children with AD/HD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a neurological condition resulting in impulsivity, distractibility, hyperactivity or excess energy. Dr. Abida Ripley has written about how martial arts help children diagnosed with AD/HD. She believes martial arts can be an alternative to the drugs often used to treat symptoms. At Driftwood Martial Arts, instructors and parents have witnessed how a […]

Karate Should Be a Top Priority for Kids

Pick the kids up from school, drop them off at the pool. Eat dinner quickly, rush to hockey practice. Come home, pay registration fee for art class. Sound familiar? Kids today are involved in more structured activities than ever before. Over-scheduled kids are often tired, less likely to eat healthy meals and have little time […]

Give Stress the Karate Chop!

The economy. Your aging parents. Information overload. Feeling stressed? We all talk about stress, but we’re often not clear on what it is. Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If it wasn’t for stress we’d never get anything done. And sometimes stress comes from good things, like the birth of a baby or planning a party. […]

How Karate Helps Bullying

The Ontario Ministry of Education defines bullying as repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour that is intended to cause fear, distress or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. It can be physical, verbal, social (such as excluding others from a group) or electronic. Bill 212 now allows Ontario schools to suspend students caught bullying, including […]