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Episode 22: Dr. Stacie Johns: How Karate Helps Raise Kids into Safe, Sound, Flexible Adults

Karate creates leaders. That's the goal. And take it from a graduate in medicine of the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, Dr. Stacie Johns, 2nd degree black belt and mother of another. Hear her perspective on the benefits of black belt training, from flexibility and strength-building (for adults) and leadership training (for kids and adults and all).

Podcast episode 21: Master Kyle Galloway

Master Galloway is a consummate martial artist, with a 6th degree black belt in American Freestyle Tae Kwon Do, a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and the title of Guru in Pekiti Tirsia Kali. He’s also a respected teacher, with hundreds of students spanning generations of black belts who still call him their inspiration. Listen to Master Galloway share his thoughts on helping families who suffered from the recent Colorado wildfires, how martial arts helps kids expel negative energy, and how his program at Success Martial Arts in Louisville, Colorado helps build strong relationships and community.

Podcast episode 20: Zac Chase, Karate Dad

Zac Chase holds a Masters degree from the School of Education at Harvard, a Principal's license, and currently serves as librarian of the St. Vrain public school system. But his most vaunted accomplishment is in the parenting of his two kids, ages 10 and 12, who have recently earned their green belts in karate. Zac talks about his kids' motivation, the promise of a safe environment for kids to grow, learn and thrive, and how karate instructors serve as partners for parents who want their kids to become great role models.

Podcast episode 19: Mary Nhin, Author of “Ninja Life Hacks”

Author Mary Nhin conceived her children’s series of “Ninja Life Hacks” books by telling stories to quell the fears of her sons when they were little. These are extremely relatable tales, helping kids to face fears, charge out into life and lead others out of dark, small places into the bright, wide world. In teaching kids how to develop leadership traits and black belt character, we use Mary’s Ninja Life Hacks books to help bring abstract concepts—bravery, respect, greed, anger—into context. Hear Mary talk about the influence of storytelling on developing strong character in kids.

Episode 18: Martial Arts, Leadership, and Life as a Stellar Six Year Old: The Glenn Family

Petitions. Meetings. Leadership. Sounds like a the docket for a chief member of the House of Lords. Well, that might just be where Aspen Glenn is headed. She’s six years old, an orange belt in karate, and a force of will everywhere she goes. In this episode, we talk with Aspen, her mom Montana, and dad Jacob about reading, school, music and martial arts. BONUS: Find out two fascinating facts about Aspen (trees, that is). Stay tuned through the end of this awesome dialogue with a future black belt!

Episode 17: Firefighting, Ferocity, and Family with Bill and Connie Fisher

Bill and Connie Fisher, along with with their two kids, signed up for karate not quite knowing how it would impact their lives. They’ve since earned 2nd degree black belts and continue to train, leading by example and never looking back. Oh and did we mention Connie was born in Taiwan and grew up in the U.S. working in her parents’ restaurants, and Bill is a second-generation firefighter stationed in Fort Collins, Colorado, with a couple decades of rescue experience under his belt? Hear their stories and get a candid view of black belt family life in this episode of the Ripple Effect Martial Arts podcast!

Episode 16: Martial Arts and Children’s Mental Health

How do we help kids stay strong in mind and body in these challenging times? In this episode we’re talking with Heidi Baskfield and Dr. Bruno Anthony of Colorado’s Partners for Children’s Mental Health, who advise on what you need to know about pressures kids face and how parents, teachers and martial arts instructors can help. Serious, fascinating insight from two fighters on the front for healthier kids!

Podcast Episode 14: Martial Arts and the Psychology of Well Being with Ms. Allie Hayes

An artist. A recent college grad. An advocate for healthy balance and self advocacy, especially for young women. A quintessential martial artist, leader, and competitor. That’s a blunt summary of the accomplishments of Ms. Allie Hayes, 3rd-degree black belt in American Freestyle Taekwondo and co-leader of the competition team at Ripple Effect Martial Arts. Listen to Allie’s honest thoughts on how martial arts can help young people—people of any age—overcome difficulties and self doubt.

Episode 13: Mr. Olmstead

From looking at cool martial arts silhouettes in the Yellow Pages as a kid, to earning multiple black belts and teaching Tae Kwon Do, Mr. Olmstead lives and breathes martial arts. He’s also a professional graphic designer, a webmaster and all around fun guy. Listen to why he feels there’s value in taking a hit and how he’s always striving to improve as a black belt.

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