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Courage to Take Action
When is it time to step in? Why don't people do the right thing – the courageous thing – more often?

Jack, one of our youth martial arts students, demonstrated courage. In his school cafeteria, he noticed a student sitting alone. The "popular" kids noticed the loaner. Several of those students began to make fun of the young man.

When this type of bad behavior starts, usually there are followers who begin to join in and neutral people who do nothing.  Also, occasionally, there are courageous people who take action in a positive way. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen as often as we would like. Jack showed courage. He made the decision to get out of his seat and joined the student who was alone. He sat next to him.

Immediately, the "popular" kids saw this as another opportunity to become even more "popular." They began to make fun of Jack with negative verbal comments. Jack understands that he can make a choice. He chose to ignore the comments which sent a message to all observers – I'm not going to idly watch this situation.

When I heard the story, I was very proud of Jack. It takes courage to do what's right. He did not freeze and become one of the neutral observers doing nothing. He knew that the behavior of the harassing students was unacceptable and could not just watch.

Great job Jack! You demonstrated courage!

Find ways to take action and help others in an appropriate way. Do what it takes to make things better.
Chad C. Carmack, Ed. D.


I am very saddened to share with you that, black belt, Mr. Michael Boyle’s, father, Mr. Donald T. Boyle, 66, of Wilmington, passed away last week.  Please keep the Boyle family in your thoughts and prayers. Posted: May 10, 2013


Awareness of the Intentions Of Others
Delaware Hapkido Goal: Self-Identity (awareness that you have a unique identity)

People who are open to new ideas have a great opportunity to grow as individuals. However, there are people who are not interested in the ideas of others. Some of those people have stopped growing. They pretend to listen. They act as if they are open to new ideas. Some practice using manipulative strategies to get what they want - they think those strategies make them look interested.

Recently, outside of our martial arts training facility (dojang), I worked with a team where openness was faked by one of the team members. Our goal was to plan an upcoming learning opportunity for others. The person opened the meeting with the question, "What are a few ideas about how to deliver the best message to the learners?" This sounds like a great way to start a dialogue. After a few ideas were shared, the person's body language communicated that he did not care. He quickly told the group what he felt was the best path forward. It was clear that he was not really interested in other ideas. He was going through the motion of checking with others. He had a plan.

You can learn from people who do not practice good empathetic listening and sincerity. They can be models of what not to do as you work with people.

Within our martial arts curriculum, we emphasize the importance of sincere courtesy and awareness. The truth is that in many situations people can sense the intent of a person who is using a manipulative strategy in order to self-serve. Martial arts awareness has a place outside of the dojang.


Delaware Hapkido Goal: Self-Identity (awareness that you have a unique identity)
Black belt leaders are not afraid to take a risk and model what they are trying to teach.

Last week one of my colleagues was presenting to approximately 20 people she supervises. Rather than using a boring lecture or reading PowerPoint slides to make her point, she demonstrated the improvement skills by role playing. She showed "black belt courage" and was successful in getting the message across – everyone was alert and watching her closely.

Sometimes leadership requires you to "come out of your comfort zone" in order to make an impression and get results.
Chad C. Carmack, Ed. D.


When faced with fatigue and a mental-low, awareness of the state of fatigue is only half the challenge of pushing through. A "no give up" mindset must be engaged. The actions required for a "no give up" state of mind and success can be learn.

During our weekend class, several students were acting fatigued. After they became aware of their behavior – black belts communicated the observed fatigue behaviors – they took action to overcome the obstacle. Learning what fatigue feels like and reacting to it appropriately can be an excellent experience. Especially, since in our fast-paced world, fatigue is a part of life.

Congratulations to the students who participated in our weekend class and finished the lesson with energy and enthusiasm.
Chad C. Carmack, Ed. D.


Sometimes our "mental map" can hold us back. A mental map of, "I'm no good at math," can be self-fulfilling. If that is what you think, the reality will follow – you will struggle with the subject of math.

The opposite is true. If you believe in your ability to do something well, you have a much better chance of success.


At the end of our last class, one of our new students was struggling with a line drill called shrimping. I noticed three things happening. First, the new student demonstrated to the other 20 students that he was not going to quit. Even though he was tired and challenged with a new movement, giving up was not an option in his mind. Secondly, one of the instructors stayed with him the entire time. Side-by-side she encouraged and coached. The thought of moving forward and finishing the drill - leaving our new student - never entered her mind. Finally, seeing what was happening, the other students began to clap and cheer for the efforts of the new student. All of this happened without instructions from the leaders in class.

The best martial artists take these types of experiences into the real world


As Horace Mann, the great educator, once said, "Habits are like a cable. We weave a strand of it everyday and soon it cannot be broken."


Things learned during the April 1, 2013 black belt program leadership seminar:

Each of us carries a "mental map." We see the world through a lens created by our personal experiences. Understanding this allows us to improve our decision making by looking at other points of view.

From a martial arts perspective we always need to be open to new ideas. One style is not better than another style of martial arts. Always look for opportunities to learn and improve.


As Horace Mann, the great educator, once said, "Habits are like a cable. We weave a strand of it everyday and soon it cannot be broken." The habit of building character through martial arts training provides life changing attributes.


Look at the weakness of others with compassion, not accusation. It's not what they're doing or should be doing that's the issue. The issue is your own chosen response to the situation and what you should be doing. If you start to think the problem is "out there," stop yourself. That thought is the problem. Source: Franklin Covey


“Personality can open doors, but only character can
keep them open.”
Elmer G. Letterman, business executive


You’ve met the type (and they may have even fooled
you): The person who purposely assumes a certain
personality to trick others into thinking he or she is
someone else. At first, such people may receive a
warm reception, but eventually his or her real character
reveals itself; and it’s perceived as a deception.
Don’t use personality to hide character flaws; instead,
improve your character with Black Belt attitude. Only
then will your personality always reflect the positive
qualities that others recognize as character, and keep
the doors to success and prosperity open.



This is a friendly reminder to Black Belt Program members. Tomorrow, March 4, at 5 p.m. we will have our leadership seminar. We will answer several questions:  

.  Where does effectiveness start?

.  How does a person become effective?

We hope you can make it.


“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the
United States

Your reputation is what people think of you. That is
the shadow in the quote from Abraham Lincoln. Your
character is who you really are. That is the tree. At first,
character and reputation may seem to be separate
qualities, but they are so closely related that they seem
to merge together. If you want people to think you are
kind, then you must be kind all the time. If you want
people to think you are trustworthy, then you must be
trustworthy all the time. Your character is the real you,
and that is what you want others to see all the time.
That means you must have a Black Belt attitude everyday
and everywhere you go.


”A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and
greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is
worse, to avoid trouble.”
Mahatma Gandhi, 20th century proponent of
non-violence and the spiritual leader of India’s

Translation for Kids
There will be instances throughout your life when
people you know will ask you to do something you
know is wrong, such as try drugs or alcohol or hurt
another person. This will test your character. When
faced with peer pressure, it is important that you have
the Black Belt confidence to say, “NO,” and stand by
your beliefs. It is far better to keep your beliefs strong
and do what you know is right than just to say, “Yes,”
to please your friends.


Leadership Seminar
Special thanks to the Black Belt Program students who participated in our monthly leadership seminar. Our objective was to answer the following questions:

.  How do people reach personal victory?
.  What habits do people use to attain success?


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Participants generated the following ideas:

.  It isn't easy to be successful.
.  They overcame many obstacles.
.  They use individual gifts to achieve success and focus on those gifts to continually improve.
.  They utilize knowledge, skill and the desire to achieve their goals – they never quit.
.  Great leaders can't wait for luck – they take action and take advantage of opportunities.
.  They never give up – don't give up on your dreams!
.  Leaders celebrate small victories.
.  They set realistic goals.
.  They are “driven” people.
.  Adversity can come in many forms but leaders overcome the challenges and never give up.

Special thanks to Ms. Elyse Carmack and Mr. Keith Rudy for assisting in our workshop. Our next Black Belt Program leadership workshop will be held on March 4, 2013 at 5 PM.


“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he
treats those who can do nothing for him.”
James D. Miles



It is easy to be kind and compassionate to those who
help you; however, it can be construed as a lack of
character to act that way because you are receiving
a kindness in return. You demonstrate real character
when you are kind to those who do nothing for you.
Do what is right because you want to be a better
person and because it is socially accepted behavior.
To have real character, you must treat others as equals
and not just those from whom you receive a benefit.



“ We often take for granted the very things that most
deserve our gratitude.”
Cynthia Ozick, 20th century American
novelist and short-story writer

There are many people that take small actions everyday
that make a big difference in your life, but, admit
it, you don’t always notice their helpfulness: the
coworker who always ready to make a fresh pot of coffee;
the relative who watches your kids whenever you
ask; and your spouse who makes you breakfast every
morning because you are too busy to make it yourself.
These little actions can mean the most when you take
the time to acknowledge them. Typically, however,
they are taken for granted because they are everyday
occurrences, so you are less likely to show your appreciation.
Open your eyes and mind and recognize these
small, daily actions and take the time and make the
effort to say “thank you” and show your gratitude.


“ As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that
the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to
live by them.”
John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States

Translation for Kids
It is really good manners to say “thank you” when
someone does something nice for you. Not only is it
polite, but also it makes the other person happy to
know you are grateful. You can make that person even
happier if you show your gratitude, instead of just saying,
“Thank you.” You should thank your mom every
day for the meals she prepares for you, but you can
really show your gratitude when you offer to clear the
table, wash the dishes or help her make tomorrow’s
meals. Your actions can say much more about your
attitude than the words you speak.


“ The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables
us to count our blessings.”
Eric Hoffer, 20th American philosopher and poet

Translation for Kids
It’s always better to be grateful for what you have than
be negative about what you don’t have. Your bike may
not be as cool as your neighbor’s or your best friend
may have the newest video gaming system—and you
don’t. Instead of wishing for what others have, think
positive about your life. Be grateful that your parents
love and take care of you. Be grateful that you eat well
everyday and sleep in a warm bed—many children do
not. Most importantly, tell your parents, your friends
and your teachers how grateful you are for what they
do for you.


Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.?
Julie Andrews, international stage, film and television actress


Self-discipline helps to bring clarity to life. When you discipline yourself to
accomplish a task, you avoid the frustration that comes with procrastination. The work which must be done may still be difficult, but achievement will be easier. Self-discipline is a goal we announce during each Delaware Hapkido class.  We want students to apply self-discipline in class and other parts of their life. Contrary to what many people think, self-discipline does not restrict a person's life, goals and achievements, it let's them fly.


“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so
pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.”
Anne Bradstreet
a 17th century American poet




The old saying is always true: “You don’t know how
great you have it, until you lose it.” Adversity is a
reminder to treasure a long life, a wonderful family,
your many abilities and the opportunities to accomplish
much in your life, which are easy to forget.
Suddenly, adversity will challenge you again and actually
make you focus on all the positives in your life.
You should be always appreciative of your life and
not just when adversity reminds you. During the next
week reflect on all the wonders and opportunities in
your life. Not only will you be more fulfilled, but also
you will be prepared to overcome future obstacles.


“No pressure, no diamonds.”
Mary Case

Diamonds are one of the most beautiful jewels and are
formed by immense pressure deep in the ground for
many years. That pressure is a symbol for the adversity
in your life; and as pressure is necessary to create
exquisite diamonds, so adversity is necessary to create
your greatness. You have many opportunities to use
the pressure of adversity to create a great life and a
great Black Belt attitude. Those accomplishments may
sparkle like diamonds, but they are so much more


”The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the
Michael Altshuler, known as The Results Coach,
is one of America’s top authorities on personal
achievement, sales and valued-centered living

Translation for Adults
You control your effort to achieve any goal. Just like
the pilot who controls the airplane, you control your
future. You are in charge of your success and achievements
and being the best you’re able to be. You are
responsible for reaching your full potential. Even when
obstacles block the path to your goals, remember, you
are the pilot; you’re still in control, and that will make
the achievement of your goal much easier.

Translation for Kids
Just as a pilot controls an airplane, you control the
achievement of your goals. You must take the responsibility
to perform the necessary steps to be successful.
You must try to do your best in martial arts class, to
kick strong and punch quickly. You must study and do
your homework to achieve good grades in school. YOU
are the pilot, and you are in charge of becoming the
best Black Belt and person you’re able to be.

Class Discussion for Kids
1. When did you take control to reach a goal?
2. Why is it important to remember that you are
responsible for achieving your goals?


Franklin Covey Co. and Delaware Hapkido Announces the Passing of Dr. Stephen R. Covey,
Renowned Author, Speaker and Consultant


SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 16, 2012-- Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC) today announced that Dr. Stephen R. Covey, co-founder and a former vice-chairman and director of FranklinCovey, passed away peacefully this morning due to the residual effects of a bicycle accident he suffered this past April. He was in his 80th year. In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each of his children and their spouses.

Dr. Covey made a decision early in his life that his greatest contribution and life's work would be as a teacher. Beginning with his role as a university professor at Brigham Young University and then as an internationally-renowned author, speaker, and consultant, he has impacted the lives of countless millions worldwide. From grade school and university students, to Fortune 100 CEOs and numerous heads of state, he made teaching principle-centered leadership his life's work.

In 1996, Dr. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans. He is the author of a number of acclaimed books, including the international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold more than 20 million copies in 40 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, and The 8th Habit. His most recent books include The 3rd Alternative, The Leader in Me, and Everyday Greatness.

In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the 10 most influential management books ever written. Chief Executive magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential books of the 20th century. Dr. Covey received the Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative, was named Speaker of the Year, received the Sikh's International Man of Peace Award, and The National Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

In 1984, Dr. Covey made the decision to leave full-time teaching as a university professor to establish a business organization, Covey Leadership Center, that could take principle-centered leadership throughout the world. From the inception of that business, Dr. Covey's focus was always on writing and teaching, leaving the leadership and management of the business to others. In 1997, Covey Leadership Center merged with FranklinQuest, to form Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC), a global performance improvement company that now operates in over 125 countries throughout the world. From the time of the merger to his retirement from the board last year, Dr. Covey devoted essentially all of his time and effort to writing and teaching.

To Stephen, more important than his professional work was his work with his family. Stephen was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and spent a considerable amount of time with his immediate and extended family, getting together for vacations, games, celebrations, birthdays, and events of all kinds, and having one-on-one time with each of his children and grandchildren, which he loved doing. Stephen truly believed that the greatest work we do is within the four walls of our own homes and was a model of a loving and committed husband and father to the end.

Bob Whitman, chairman and CEO of FranklinCovey, said, "We lost a dear friend today. Stephen was one of the world's great human beings. His impact is incalculable and his influence will continue to inspire generations to come. We extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Covey's family, his wife Sandra, their nine children and spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Stephen frequently referred to them as his greatest joy, inspiration, and most significant contribution and legacy to the world."

About Franklin Covey

Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is a global company specializing in performance improvement. We help organizations achieve results that require a change in human behavior. Our expertise is in seven areas: leadership, execution, productivity, trust, sales performance, customer loyalty and education. Franklin Covey clients have included 90 percent of the Fortune 100, more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, thousands of small- and mid-sized businesses, as well as numerous government entities and educational institutions. Franklin Covey has more than 40 direct and licensee offices providing professional services in over 140 countries. For more information, visit

Source: Franklin Covey Co.


Finding The Right Balance
Balance is everything. Nature, the universe, depends on balance, and that includes the martial arts and how students participate in the martial arts.

For example, ignoring the "arts" of the martial arts and doing too much technique practice or sparring causes imbalance in our training. You must also be careful that you don't dwell on forms, and slight the self-defense side of martial arts.

Techniques should be practiced, using both left and right sides. Kicks and punches require adequate treatment and training. Balance in motion techniques with striking techniques. Ignoring one reduces your ability to defend yourself and limits your skill level.

As you constantly strive for physical perfection, you must also develop your mental skills. That's why martial arts instructors at our school encourage meditation, emphasize character development and strive for nonviolence.


When you neglect part of your training, you limit your abilities. Concentrating solely on kicking leaves you ill-prepared to go to the mat. When your opponent or an attacker crowds you, you won't know how to respond.

Finding balance requires that you practice what may seem pointless. You may rather practice specialized techniques, but forms contain many, if not all parts of our hapkido art. Forms were designed to provide balance; they contain the "grammar" of the martial arts. Within each form are a variety of hand strikes, blocks, body movements and stances.

Granted, forms don't do much for self-defense against a live opponent. That's why our training includes the practice of self-defense. Yet, the muscles and coordination that allow you to punch, kick, and more are practiced and developed in our forms.

We also encourage our students to balance life outside of the training facility (dojang). "Living" the martial arts is an admirable pursuit. However, when a martial art becomes an obsession, overshadowing your family and social life, then you're probably living an unbalanced life.

When you strive for balance every day, you are an example of the true spirit of the martial arts and black belt excellence.


Nutrition Tips
Follow the Leader. When eating out, order your meal first and make it a healthy choice. Chances are good your dining companions will follow your lead.

Nonmeat Proteins. Replace one daily serving of red meat with nuts, whole grains or a low-fat dairy product. A recent study found that this simple change could reduce your risk for diabetes by 16% to 35%. Red meat is high in "heme" iron, which can contribute to diabetes. Processed meat has a high sodium content and contains chemical preservatives, such as nitrates, that can damage insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. So, limit unprocessed red meat to two or three (4 oz.) servings a week and keep processed meat choices to just one (4 oz.) serving a week.

Side Outs. Get in the habit of skipping the fries and onion rings and ordering a side salad, cottage cheese or steamed vegetables when eating out.

It’s Only Right. If you are hosting a party that involves food and other people, take care of their health. As a parent, we should think about how the food we serve feeds others. When other kids are placed into our hands and under our responsibility, we should make sure we take care of their health, too. We don’t give kids alcohol and nicotine and nor should we give them foods that increase their health risks.

Source: Health E Tips


Health Kick – Six Myths About Stress
Managing stress is an important part of healthy living. Knowing the facts about stress will help you understand your problems, and then take actions to solve them.

Myth 1: Stress is the same for everybody.
Wrong! Everyone experiences and responds to stress differently. What is stressful for one person may or may not be stressful for another.

Myth 2: Stress is always bad for you.
Wrong! According to this myth, no stress would make you happy and healthy. Stress is to the human condition what tension is to the violin string: too little and the music is dull and raspy; too much and the music is shrill, or the string snaps. You must learn to manage stress, so you’ll be productive and happy; mismanaged stress is dangerous to your health.


Myth 3: Stress is everywhere, so you can’t do anything about it.
Wrong! You can plan your life, so stress does not overwhelm you. Set priorities and work on simple problems first, solving them, and then proceeding to more complex difficulties. When stress is mismanaged, problems seem to be equal, making it difficult to prioritize them.

Myth 4: The most popular techniques for reducing stress are also the best.
Wrong! No universally effective stress reduction techniques exist. We are all different; our lives are different, our situations are different and our reactions are different. Only a comprehensive program customized to the individual works.

Myth 5: No symptoms, no stress.
Wrong! Absence of symptoms does not mean the absence of stress. In fact, camouflaging symptoms with medication may deprive you of the signals you need to reduce the strain on your physiological and psychological systems.

Myth 6: Only major symptoms of stress require attention.
Wrong! This myth assumes that the “minor” symptoms, such as headaches or stomach acid, may be safely ignored. Minor symptoms of stress are the early warnings that you must do a better job of managing stress.


Youth Program News: Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do.  To focus martial arts efforts at our academy and clearly define what our students are going to do in our martial arts program, we are using weekly goal charts. A student's goals might relate to home, school, or work behaviors, e.g. school attendance, grades, improved confidence at work or school, weight loss, aerobic ability, leadership skills, and more.



Congratulations to the Delaware Hapkido students who successfully passed rigorous martial arts testing.  During March 2011 they received promotions:

Emma Barnes, Brown Belt with Black Stripe, 2nd Kup – Ki Do

Patrick Brown, Blue Belt, with Red Stripe 6th Kup – Ki Do

C. Gage, Brown Belt, 3rd Kup – Ki Do

Matthew Gray, White Belt, with Yellow Stripe 10th Kup – Ki Do

T. Pisklak, Brown Belt, 3rd Kup – Ki Do

Keith Rudy, White Belt, with Yellow Stripe 10th Kup – Ki Do

Edwin Sikes, White Belt, with Yellow Stripe 10th Kup – Ki Do

Bonnie Yeatman, Blue Belt, with Red Stripe 6th Kup – Ki Do


How do we know our martial arts program improves self-identity? This week I had the opportunity to work closely with one of our red belts. I remember him as a white belt and yellow belt not doing well with improvement feedback. He used to take it as, "I'm not good enough." Through training, he now has the self-confidence to use constructive feedback to improve. He knows our instructors want him to be the very best martial artist and person possible.


We are seeing some outstanding mentoring in our buddy program.  Thanks to two of our youth leaders, Colin and Thomas, for going out of their way to support a new student. As mentors, they have demonstrated that they care about the progress of others.


We are happy to announce that Mr. and Mrs. Phillips (both black belts) are the proud parents of an 8.4 lbs baby boy (future hapki-do master)!  Kate and baby are doing well.  Congratulations Phillips family!


Have you noticed in life that no achievement which has value is free? This week we had the opportunity to work with a new youth student, Philip. Part of the process of becoming a new student in our program requires learning goal setting. Philip had to earn a white belt. Most achievements in life come after hard work and focus. We are very proud that Philip earned his white belt, and happy he is a part of our martial arts family. He did a great job of making adjustments and demonstrating listening skills.

“The road to success is always under construction," unknown author.


As with adults, the number of obese children continues to grow.



"About 60 million adults, or 30 percent of the adult population, are now obese,

which represents a doubling of the rate since 1980." 

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (CDC program)



Regular participation in a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health.

Martial arts training produces happier, healthier, and safer people.

Health Kick –Small Changes, Big Impact!

Committing to a Healthier You, By Jennifer G. Galea MS RD

During this past year, I volunteered for the Wellness Committee at my children’s elementary school.Our charge was to improve and/or establish programs focused on wellness, including activities, foods, education, etc.

As a registered dietitian, with almost 20 years of experience in the wellness field, I opted for the subcommittee on nutrition. Our aim was not only to improve the school’s menu, but also establish nutrition and “food” education programs. We made menu substitution recommendations, provided educational resources to parents, and suggested ways of incorporating nutrition education into other school subjects, such as math, science and language.

What was most exciting was to show how tiny changes could have a huge impact on the overall diet and wellness of children. That’s a lesson we can all learn and implement daily, as we enter the New Year.

Examples of small changes that could have a great impact on your health: Reduce the amount of sugar in your tea; replace the mayonnaise on your sandwich with mustard; train an extra day each week; take that fun kickboxing class you’ve been considering; take the stairs instead of the elevator; park on the far side of the parking lot; or commit to train with your child in class.

It’s the accumulation of these small modifications to your routine that will make significant differences in your diet and energy level. In addition, each time you make a healthful decision, you reaffirm your commitment to improve your health and wellbeing. Your body will thank you for fueling it with good food and adopting a healthier lifestyle. You’ll feel like a finely tuned automobile rather than a car that merely goes (most of the time), when you push the accelerator.

Give your year a jump-start. Identify parts of your diet and activities that could be improved. Then, decide to commit to those changes; and implement them! Start slowly, and add more as you feel more comfortable with the changes you’ve already made. Good luck in the New Year!



Congratulations to the Delaware Hapkido students who successfully passed rigorous martial arts testing.  On Thursday, December 1, 2011 they received promotions:

Emma Barnes, Brown Belt, 3rd Kup – Ki Do

Patrick Brown, Blue Belt, 7th Kup – Ki Do

C. Gage, Red Belt, Brown Stripe, 4th Kup – Ki Do

George Phillips, Blue Belt, 7th Kup – Ki Do

T. Pisklak, Red Belt, Brown Stripe 4th Kup – Ki Do

Mary Jane Reeve, White Belt, Yellow Stripe, 10th Kup – Ki Do





Thank you to DE Hapkido students, family members, and friends who supported our clothes drive. Because of your effort, we were able to collect over 30 used and new coats for needy families.



Friendly Reminder - Academy Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot and Winter Coat Drive:  Please join us and bring a friend! On December 3, Saturday, at 10 AM – 12 PM, DE Hapkido will be holding an Academy Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot. The event will also benefit children in our community who do not have appropriate winter clothing.



DE Hapkido Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot and Winter Coat Drive

Is it always a challenge for your family to create a family Christmas card photo? It is for our family. DE Hapkido will make things easier for you this year by holding an Academy Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot. The event will also benefit children in our community who do not have appropriate winter clothing.

On December 3, Saturday, at 10 AM – 12 PM, we will be holding an Academy Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot.  Professional photography equipment will be used in the photo session. Our martial arts families will be photographed – an opportunity for you to create Christmas card photos. Families will receive a CD with the family photographs. Students in our Academy should bring their uniform for a martial arts portrait.



In addition to being a fun morning with a lot of memorable photographs, we are asking participants to bring coats or gloves for needy families. We believe that this clothing drive will support children in our community who do not have appropriate winter clothing.

Mark your calendars! Many families will use this opportunity to get the family Christmas portrait ready for    distribution to family and friends.

Please let Dr. Carmack know if you plan to attend.


Our Delaware Hapkido family felt the last "high tumbling drill" post was not high enough and was missing a "Hollywood" feel.  Is the new post better?

See our "Mother and Daughter Time" video on Facebook …

Families that train together stay together!

Crime Awareness and Avoidance Tactics

  • When traveling, carry only the credit and ATM cards you absolutely need. Leave the others at home, safely stored.

  • Avoid dangerous environments -- e.g. going for a walk alone in the city at 3 a.m. (National Crime Prevention Council)

Crime Awareness and Avoidance Tactics

  • If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body; if a wallet, keep it in a front pocket.  
  • Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
  • Don’t leave valuables in view in the car. Leave them in the trunk or, better yet, take them home immediately.
  • "Be alert; stay alive!"  As you walk down the street, through a parking garage, or in other public areas, walk alertly and assertively. Don’t weigh yourself down with too many parcels. Take several loads to the car if necessary.  
  • While walking or running on the street, use your sense of hearing – can you stay alert if you are listing to music on an iPod?


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