Speaking Up to Build Confidence

Welcome to the first week in Fire month!  The leaf colors are certainly reflecting our element of the month around here.  As is this month’s new superpower: Bravery!

In classes, the kids are learning the importance of Speaking Up.  There’s a really wonderful promise that we make to all of our students that comes from KidPower International.  It’s perfect for this month where we are working on using our voice bravely. Here’s what we say:

Kidpower Protection Promise

“You are VERY important to me!

If you have a safety problem, I want to know –

even if I seem too busy,

even if someone we care about will be upset,

even if it is embarrassing,

even if you promised not to tell, and

even if you made a mistake.

Please tell me, and I will do everything in my power to help you.”

What if every child had adults in their life who repeatedly and sincerely made this promise to them?  I love how KidPower has covered all the bases, all the issues that sometimes keep people silent, locking their secrets away and not getting help.  

It’s not just kids who do this.  Sometimes adults can be so caught up in embarrassment, in that feeling of Shame, that we stay stuck and isolated in our pain and problems.

I am so very thankful that I’ve always had a couple of trusted adults whom I could turn to and share anything with.  And I’m equally grateful for the people who have confided in me. For the space I hold for others as they begin to find their path through the darkness and get the help they need.  Sometimes, it just takes one time to get it off your chest, one person to tell so that you can start to move forward.

As Brene Brown says, “Shame hates to have words wrapped around it. If we talk about it, it loses its grip on us.”  

This week, I invite you to think of anything you hide from the world. Anything you may not even like to think about yourself.  And just entertain the possibility – what if I told? Sure there are many worrying and negative thoughts that come with that. Maybe it’s good to get all those worries out.  Write them all down and stare at them until they no longer seem so terrifying. And if you want to take it a step further, you might ask, “What is the best that could happen if I could talk openly about what I’m dealing with?”  After all, many people who have messed up are very open about it and live wonderful, productive, and well-loved lives.  There is actually a great power in letting go.

We’ll be incorporating our voice throughout class this week as we do the following techniques:

Techniques of the Week
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Ukemi Zenpo Kaiten Zenpo Ukemi (Break Falls)
Technique 1 Blocks and Strikes from Kamae Set 1 in place
Technique 2 Blocking and Striking down the room at forward angles Ka no Kata down the room(higher ranks with partners)
Technique 3 Chudan Uke and Boshiken with partner, Bob or Bag Forward Angles in Self Defense

Kasumi Club: Omote Take Ori – “Bamboo Break, Outer” and Ura Take Ori – “Bamboo Break, Inner”


In other dojo news, the holiday parade is coming up November 17th.  Our demo team is going to perform an amazing show at Pack Square, so be sure to come grab a spot early (or watch from the comfort of your living room), whatever floats your boat!

If you liked that Protection Promise, we invite you to learn more about our friends at KidPower here.

Thanks for reading everyone.  See you in the dojo!


~Sensei Nesta

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