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Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta’s Free Bully Proof Private Class

Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta’s Free Bully Proof Private Class

Mar 28, 2011

Making a difference one black belt at a time PRESS RELEASE 3/28/2011 For Immediate Release Contact: Larry Bullard Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta Bully Proof Free private class Kids Learn To Take A Powerful Stand To End Bullying In GWINNETT. “Did you know that most bullying is verbal and can easily be thwarted with easy to learn skills?”   A local community leading personal development center is saying “Enough!” to school age bullying.  They will be holding free bully proof private classes to help end the bullying epidemic in the local school systems.   In these private classes kids learn how to handle these situations in a safe and fun environment.  The program focuses on teaching kids:   o   To walk in such a way to avoid bullying before it starts o   To stop a bully in his tracks without knocking the bully out. o   Learn and practice the skills needed to defuse the situation. o   Understand their boundaries and how to defend without resorting to aggressive behavior   Children who are victims of bullying generally turn inwards.  They become afraid to try things and shy away from social activities.  This can have a profound effect on their decision making in adult hood and can often stand in the way of their personal success.   APPALACHIAN KARATE ACADEMY ATLANTA has broken this cycle by offering these free private classes. “In the past we have seen amazing results as kids learn these tricks to thwart bullies.” Says Larry Bullard, owner of APPALACHIAN KARATE ACADEMY ATLANTA on Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.  Tim Conkel, Chief instructor and world champion, says “These skills are very easy to learn and can lead to a tremendous boost to the kid’s self confidence.”   For information or to attend a free private class please contact APPALACHIAN KARATE ACADEMY ATLANTA 404-644-2973.  3157 Sugarloaf Parkway.  Lawrenceville.  30045. Bully Proof classes are slated at a time that is mutually agreeable. For Information Packed Interview, Please Contact Mr. Larry at 404-644-2973. Free Bully Proff Class Call 404-644-2973 and schedule your free private bully proof class.   Offer Expires: 4/30/2011...

Teen Sex: On the Decline?

Teen Sex: On the Decline?

Mar 25, 2011

A recent government survey conducted by the CDC reports that teens are having less sex than they have had in the past. In fact, the numbers being reported are that teens are having sex up to 6% less than in previous years, shifting from 78% of teens reporting engaging in sexual activity to 72%. This is good news in many ways, but also begs the question as to why? Based on the research in general, there is no specifically clear answer to this question. We can do a lot of hypothesizing, though, about what may be impacting our young people’s choices to abstain from sex or sexual behaviors. Firstly, we can look to sexual education. Although there have been reports that the education being provided in schools is not fully comprehensive, it is starting earlier, providing a basis of information for our young people. Research demonstrates that the earlier we provide this information to kids, the less likely they are to have indiscriminate, unprotected sex. Maybe that is having a positive, long lasting impact. Additionally, parents are increasingly involved in what kids are doing and what their knowledge base is. This will also be a protective factor for teens in avoiding sex early on. Lastly, teens and young adults may be placing more focus on the other things in their lives: friends, sports, school, jobs, and thus, are making sex less important overall. They just don’t have time to focus on having sex or being involved in relationships. I also believe that teens are numb to the excitement of sex in many ways. They are inundated by images of sex, which really does reduce the stigma or mystique of it. At the end of the day, it seems less important and less exciting. It does seem counterintuitive, though, that with all of the sex surrounding teens, in shows like Skins, that they are engaging in these behaviors slightly less than in previous years. However, exposure to it may actually cause it to decrease. If you see it in movies and on television, and it looks like it is just not that big a deal, some of the mystery decreases, and the appeal does decrease....

Love everlasting? It may be true!-Dr Jen

Love everlasting? It may be true!-Dr Jen

Feb 5, 2011

Love everlasting? It may be true! A recent study was released in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journalthat showed that even after 20-plus years of marriage, couples can be as in love with their significant others as they were when they first met and fell in love.  The researchers examined the brains of 17 people who claim to still be head over heels for their partners when they were shown a photo of their significant other and found that the pleasure and reward centers activated when compared with the brains of 17 people who had recently fallen in love. What this demonstrates is that people can stay madly in love with their spouses after 20 years, which seems contrary to some people’s opinions.  What great news! This research demonstrates that love really can last forever! It’s not an unattainable dream. While the sample size is obviously small, it still is a hopeful outcome. The scans also depict less anxiety and fear in longer-in-love couples as compared to those newly in love.  We all can remember how it feels to be freshly in love, right? When relationships are new, there is a lot of anxiety (positive and negative) and excitement. All of the quintessential new love behaviors exist: worry that it may not be “right”, pining for the next time you will be together.  One of the key differences between these two groups is the lack of this anxiety and worry in the longterm relationships.  I think that a significant part of this is that you enter into a pattern and ease with your partner that allows you to feel more grounded and stable.  The relationship does stabilize.  While the excitement and passion for your partner still exists, the worry that it will fall apart decreases.  You develop into partners and confidants, much of which is lacking in new relationships. One very striking thing noted in this study is the different kinds of love that can occur within couples, especially longer-in-love couples.  According to the researchers, there are two types of love: romantic love and companionate love.   Companionate love is a more regulated, affection between two people that is influenced by shared history and interests....

Forecasting the New Year-Dr. Jen

Forecasting the New Year-Dr. Jen

Jan 13, 2011

Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, certain days and months are going to be better for you this year than others.  Some researchers have been able to predict which days are going to be good, and which not so much, for you this year; when you should be aware of a potential break up and when you might catch your mate cheating.  I got to talk about this all this morning in a really fun segment with Erica Hill. FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY- MOST STRESSFUL WEEK Well, this is a good place to start because we are currently in it. We have just wrapped up all of the holiday fun (which may be stressful in and of itself) and are getting back to our regular routine. Kids have a hard time re-adjusting to the school routine. A British study found that the cold weather and the end of the holidays can put people on their last nerve, especially at work. We look forward to time off with friends and family, and when it’s over, we can feel deflated. One way to handle this may be to release the tension in a positive way.  According to some research, having that mini temper tantrum may actually be a good thing! JAN. 17 – SADDEST DAY According to researcher Cliff Arnall, who has studied all sorts of interpersonal trends, January 17 has the potential to be the most depressing day of the year.  He looked at weather, debt, time elapsed since the holidays and motivation.  This day was chosen because it is about the time we fall off the wagon with our resolutions, have lost the excitement of the holidays, especially as we begin to pay off the debt accrued, and are working to manage the short days and long nights.  (INTERESTINGLY, THE 17th is MLK day, WHICH IS THE FIRST FEDERAL HOLIDAY SINCE THE HOLIDAYS…maybe that’s good news for handling the doldrums of the day?) TIME TO CHEAT Not surprisingly, Summer is the time most people’s wandering eyes come to the forefront. Remember when you were a kid and summer meant no school, freedom, and fun? Well, that attitude carries over into adulthood, leaving us with the...

Cracking the Code: Successful Leadership starts with Great Followership

Cracking the Code: Successful Leadership starts with Great Followership

Jan 12, 2011

For decades, experts have said that leadership is intangible and unmeasurable. But great leadership is clearly measurable. Leaders are determined by their followers. No followers. No leader. In business, leadership occurs at all levels—from the executive suite to the shop floor—and at every level in between. Influential leaders, no matter what title they have or role they play, are those with willing followers. Leadership is getting wholehearted followers for a given course of action. Unfortunately, many potential leaders ignore followership and focus instead on being more engaging, convincing, or interesting. Or, sometimes, they rely on their positional power and end up, not with committed followers, but with agreements at best, compliance at worst, and marginal business results. Whole-hearted implies leaders have engaged their followers emotionally and intellectually—both in the heart and head. Whole-hearted also implies that the follower decides whether or not to give his or her commitment. Most people start their leadership interactions by establishing a common goal. Leaders understand the difference between goals and strategies. Goals are outcome-oriented, starting with the end in mind. Strategies are plans for reaching a goal. The first step starts with the conversation you have with a potential follower. Here you express that goal, and you include three critical elements to make it a common goal: 1) a confident statement of the goal which has value or benefit to the potential followers; 2) an invitation for followers to look at or listen to the goal and strategy; and 3) an acknowledgment that the potential followers are decision-makers. Take this conversation opener as an example: “I believe we can reach our target of expense reduction by making a few changes to our process. Let’s discuss this approach, and you decide if it is something you can support.” In this statement you see the decision elements at work. By stating your confidence when you put forth an idea for others to decide on and treating followers as decision-makers, you have a greater chance of being heard with an open mind and gaining credibility. Unfortunately, planning and logic alone can’t guarantee that a plan or strategy will result in commitment. Commitments are wholehearted decisions, and that means engaging the heart...

Grief and Today’s Economy

Grief and Today’s Economy

Jan 3, 2011

Technically, grief is the intense emotion suffering cause by a loss. However, grief is relative to the worst loss one has experienced. If you are among those who have suffered the death of a child, spouse, parent or grandparent, you know an intense level of grief that is almost indescribable. However there are many among us today who are dealing grief due to a different kind of loss and for them it may be the most intense loss they have experienced. Over the last three decades we have experienced unprecedented economic growth not only in the United States but around the globe. More than half of the US population has little or no recollection of the economic problems associated with the early 70’s. The current meltdown of the global economy is creating the same type of intense emotions normally only associated with the loss of a loved one. Sadness, fear, anger, guilt, apathy and why me are now as common as openness, interest, enthusiasm and commitment and these emotions are not only appearing in our global workforce but also in their families. With almost 10% of the United States workers currently unemployed it is easy to understand why they might be encountering the negative emotions of grief. Often overlooked is the impact on the remaining 90% that are still working. Consider the toll the global recession taking on the survivors. Sadness It is easy to assume that those still receiving a paycheck are grateful and happy and yet when their co-workers are furloughed or downsized they have lost an important relationship and experience a certain level of sadness. Even if their company has managed to keep its workforce intact most of us know a neighbor or a family member who is unemployed and that makes them sad. Fear Rejoice, you did not receive the pink slip this month. That might be understandable but is it realistic? Even if there was a sense of relief, it was momentary and quickly replaced the fear that I will be next. No one knows how or where this economic crisis will end or turn around. So the fear that you could be next is real and intense for...