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  •  in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate - LEADERSHIP: Taking initiative!

    LEADERSHIP: Taking initiative!

    Life is truly what you make it. But, how do we MAKE it what we want or need it to be? Why is it easy for some and harder for others? At Talamantez Karate we teach our members that in order to gain something you must be willing to give something. This begins with effort and practice, and sticking to a regimen that requires diligence. In a nutshell, initiative. Taking initiative is a quality that we cannot teach others to do. It is not taught in the school room, and it is not necessarily intuitive either. Initiative begins with taking action. Leaders excel in this quality and use it daily in their lives. How far would Alexander the Great have gone without initiative? Surely not as far as the ....

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  •  in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate - LEADERSHIP: It's not what you say, it's how you say it! Speaking the Talamantez Karate Way

    LEADERSHIP: It's not what you say, it's how you say it! Speaking the Talamantez Karate Way

    Many of our kiddos go through life unsure of how to interact with others. It requires that you come out of your shell and be confident with yourself. Some kids are just "born with it" and succeed in public speaking and actively seek conversation. Not many of us are that way though, even as adults. We get comfortable with our friends and whatever is in our "bubble". However, if we never learn to step out of that bubble, we never learn anything about ourselves. As parents, it is our job to give our children the best start in life ,and it starts with something as simple as learning to introduce yourself. Leaders should master the art of the word. Speaking with confidence takes a built up ....

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  •  in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate - LEADERSHIP: Body Language is the Key to Motivating Others

    LEADERSHIP: Body Language is the Key to Motivating Others

    Let's face it. No one walks into a room and feels NO anxiety. Meeting new people or having to engage strangers can be nerve wracking, or at least cause some butterflies to emerge. Before you talk to someone you have to get their attention first. Here a few pointers for seasoned and developing leaders: Watch that body language: Did you know that most of the "talking" between people is actually done by how we telegraph with our bodies? When people cross their arms over their chest it can be seen as a guarded position. People, especially public speakers, tend to keep their arms open and almost never cross them. Open means friendly. Don't know what to do with those hands (limp noodles ....

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  •  in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate - Happy Thanksgiving From Talamantez Karate!

    Happy Thanksgiving From Talamantez Karate!

    Talamantez Karate wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving full of Family, Fun, and of course, Food! Remember to be grateful to all those around you. Make time for the ones you love before that time is gone. We will see everyone next week! ....

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  • Self Defense: Talamantez Karate Tips for staying aware and safe

    We all know that self defense really begins every time you step outside of our homes. It begins by being aware of our surroundings and detecting threats before there is trouble. Small things we do daily can actually harm us if we are not careful, because they can make us targets. Walking with headphones, being glued to our cellphones, not locking doors behind us right away, or going somewhere new alone can be stepping stones towards disaster. People are unpredictable and perpetrators like victims who aren't paying attention. The old adage "Stay Alert, Stay Alive" isn't just a catchy slogan. Most would be attackers don't go after victims who appear to be alert and actively engaged in their ....

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  •  in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate - Confidence

    Confidence

    Confidence
    During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, "I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself." He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It was heads. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious. After the ....

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  •  in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate - Carrying Burdens

    Carrying Burdens

    Carrying Burdens
    A long ago time ago in the hills of Quong Zu province, there once lived a revered old monk who was a master of Zen Buddhism. One day he decided that he would make a pilgrimage to a neighboring monastery, and not wishing to make the journey alone, he decided to take along one of his young disciples. They started their journey early the next morning and in the true spirit of Zen each walked along engrossed in his own thoughts, and so they journeyed for many hours without speaking. By mid-day they had come to a small stream and it was here that they noticed a young girl dressed in fine silk, obviously contemplating how best to cross the stream without ....

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  •  in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate - Empty Your Mind

    Empty Your Mind

    Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!” Like this cup, Nan-in said, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup? ....

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  •  in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate - Focus

    Focus

    A martial arts student approached his teacher with a question. "I'd like to improve my knowledge of the martial arts. In addition to learning from you, I'd like to study with another teacher in order to learn another style. What do you think of this idea?" "The hunter who chases two rabbits," answered the master, "catches neither one.” ....

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