Reminder – Tomorrow!! Self Defense Skills Seminar

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Self Defense Skills Seminar for Runners and Athletes

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The True Master

Posted: January 18, 2011 in 1-Sports Psychology

A way of measuring our success is by helping others become successful.

  • When an employee makes their boss look good, they will usually find dynamic progress upward.
  • A helper (doctor, therapist) gains recognition by having saved many lives or improved health in many patients.
  • A coach becomes popular when they are producing top-performing athletes.
  • A leader is revered when they help inject leadership into others.
  • When a teacher / researcher’s knowledge base is surpassed by their students, they are said to have instilled great favour upon their students.

The old adage:

“A True Master is one whose student becomes better than they”

is indeed correct!


Performers always need to raise the bar.  They need help doing so and a good coach/leader will help them to do that – even if it means that the performer will out-perform the leader at some point in the game.

Out-Performing

It is necessary to have “out-performance” on a regular basis, otherwise levels and standards would never change.  The same old rate of production would remain and nothing new would challenge it.

The world is ever-changing and so are the people in it.  You and I will always fall somewhere on the comparison continuum as better in some things, worse in others, superior in skill to some, inferior in skill to others.  Also, those who we surpassed will maybe one day surpass us.

The Comparison Continuum

Life has a start and an end.  It’s a continuum.    The teacher/student relationship also falls within a continuum

These are measurements…let’s use whole numbers just to express this point.

0–1–2–3–4–5–6–7–8–9–10…….

We are either lower or higher in measurement…and this changes constantly around things, and between people.

Brand New (rookie)–Learning–Improving–Highly Performing–Excelling–Surpassing……..

Ponder this further.  Think about what it means to you.  Are you a leader being surpassed by your followers?  A coach whose skill is being surpassed by his/her athletes?  A teacher whose student is about to make the next big wave in the world and be far away and long gone?

Let’s hope so!!!!

The next time a fellow competitor yells a scathing insult at you, be sure to thank them.

They are actually doing you a favour – in fact, their insult is beneficial to you in THREE ways!!

 

BENEFIT #1:   People have all sorts of reasons to be angry, frustrated, emotional, or irrational.  It is never appropriate to behave unpleasantly towards others, but it happens.  Benefit #1 is a REMINDER to you that not everyone out there competing is ‘sportsmanlike’ or ‘sportswomanlike’, and not everyone behaves appropriately, or pleasantly.  In life, in our own little bubble, the perfect world we try to make for ourselves, we tend to forget that there are nasty, rude, angry, and ill-behaved people out there.  A good reminder is always helpful…!!

WHY?

Because it keeps us from living too much in our bubble and becoming ‘soft’.  It keeps us on our toes, reminding us that there are always tough challenges out there.  Nothing like a little boost of mental toughness in the form of an attack from an outsider!

 

 

BENEFIT #2:   That insult got under your skin.  Made the veins in your neck pop out, made your face turn red.  But rather than muster up the perfect response to the person who yelled stupid things at you, and rather than focus on how to respond or react – you should take this externally created energy and apply it to your riding, swimming, running, or whatever you are doing at the time.

Look at this as a gift!  You now have a huge burst of strong energy in you- and it can be channelled wherever you’d like it to go.  Might as well speed up your stride, or pack on more power…

Yes, the best benefit is that you can now use that energy that is welling up in you, not to REACT to the attacker, but to ENHANCE your performance at the moment.  This is energy that you didn’t have to dig up, you didn’t have to eat an extra power bar to obtain, you didn’t have to take a rest to get.  This is bonus energy.  Use it wisely!  Run/swim/bike faster and pass the insulting offender EVEN FASTER!!  Heheheheheh!

 

 

BENEFIT #3:  It never hurts to work on your own behaviour, comportment, finesse.  Work on your patience at every chance you get.  Work on your drive, focus, concentration, and distraction-control every moment that presents itself.  If you are yelled at by an insulting competitor, here is an OPPORTUNITY to PRACTISE that strong, resistant dignity and focus.  It helps you to perfect your own qualities.  Use that insult to your advantage.

For example, when I play golf, I welcome every opportunity to play a sand shot.  It’s a difficult shot to play, and generally, we never get quite enough time to practise it well.  So when my ball rolls into a bunker during a game, I don’t get upset and anxious.  I am grateful and welcome this chance to practise my sand-shots.  I look forward to it.   I am happy when it happens.

So the next time someone yells at you during a race, remember to thank them!  Narrow into yourself and transfer your anger and shock into new energy to fuel your race…be grateful that you are one of the ones who behaves well and that there are tons of people out there who don’t (for whatever reason – and the amount of compassion you feel is up to you), and remember that you are only able to perfect your toughness and other qualities when you have a challenge and an opportunity to do so.

Looking forward to more challenges and opportunities!

SELF DEFENCE WORKSHOP FOR RUNNERS & OTHER ENDURANCE ATHLETES

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

SELF DEFENCE WORKSHOP FOR RUNNERS & OTHER ENDURANCE ATHLETES

Ever been for a run alone in the evening and did not feel completely safe?
Hear about runners who were attacked and unable to fight back?

Well, hopefully that will never happen to you…but it could…IF YOU ARE NOT ADEQUATELY PREPARED!

Thankfully, it’s possible to protect yourself and enjoy a run anytime, under any conditions. All you need is a few easy-to-learn self-defense skills.

This hands-on two hour clinic will introduce you to several effective and easy-to-use techniques, with expert instruction from a local Black Belt Shotokan Karate Sensei (Master instructor), who understands the need for developing self confidence and awareness.

This workshop is being offered on January 22nd at 7pm, at the Traditional Martial Arts Center (http://tmac-sd.com/) in the Highland Village Place shopping center in Carmel Valley. It is just off the 56 at Camino Del Sur.

Cost is $30 for the two hour clinic, and the first 5 to sign up will get $5 off their attendance fee!
Additionally, if you sign up as a group of 3 or more, you only pay $25 each!!

You will have the opportunity to practice what you learn in this safe and controlled environment, assisted by other black belts, and myself (the facilitator; not a black belt!!) I will also provide you with hand-outs on how to bolster your self-confidence in intimidating situations, plus there will be step-by-step pictorial guides to all of the techniques learned.

Please contact me to get signed up right away!! Maximum 35 attendees per workshop.
Thanks!
Anna Weltman
619-573-8794

 

 

Anna Weltman
Top Performance Consulting Co.
1-619-573-8794
http://www.topperformanceconsulting.co
http://www.psychforsport.wordpress.com

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Mindfulness Therapy

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Mindfulness Therapy is no Fad

SELF DEFENCE WORKSHOP FOR RUNNERS & OTHER ENDURANCE ATHLETES

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

SELF DEFENCE WORKSHOP FOR RUNNERS & OTHER ENDURANCE ATHLETES

Ever been for a run alone in the evening and did not feel completely safe?
Hear about runners who were attacked and unable to fight back?

Well, hopefully that will never happen to you…but it could…IF YOU ARE NOT ADEQUATELY PREPARED!

Thankfully, it’s possible to protect yourself and enjoy a run anytime, under any conditions. All you need is a few easy-to-learn self-defense skills.

This hands-on two hour clinic will introduce you to several effective and easy-to-use techniques.

This workshop is being offered on January 22nd at 7pm. Details about location and instruction available by contacting me.

The cost is $30 for the two hour clinic, and the first 5 to sign up will get $5 off their attendance fee!
Additionally, if you sign up as a group of 3 or more, you only pay $25 each!!

You will have the opportunity to practice what you learn in this safe and controlled environment and I will also provide you with hand-outs on how to bolster your self-confidence in intimidating situations, plus there will be step-by-step pictorial guides to all of the techniques learned.

Please contact me to get signed up right away!! Maximum 35 attendees per workshop.
Thanks!
Anna Weltman
619-573-8794

Does learning complex motor skills while watching a teacher (in most cases- at mirror image) have any positive effect on children before a certain age? At what age can they handle calculating complex tasks, at the same time as coordinating their complex motor movements? In addition, if the language of instruction is not the learner’s first language, does this hamper or have no effect at all on their processing of the tasks? It certainly tasks the student more because he/she must process the translation, the understanding of the concept, and then try the motor skill and perfect it.
Does learning this complex ‘bundle’ improve the child or hinder their development? What are the benefits of having been exposed to such situations at a young age? (younger than the normal developmental age of these skills)
Comments welcome!