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Andrea Harkins (The Martial Arts Woman)
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Writer, Motivator, Speaker & Martial Artist
Writer, Motivator, Speaker & Martial Artist

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It might as well have been a trunk of wood of magnificent stature. I stood there facing two 12 by 12 inch boards a couple of inches thick. I had no idea how quickly my confidence would drain when staring down a couple of pieces of wood. I was at a my…

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Martial artists often enjoy practicing while looking in the mirror.  It helps to identify areas of improvement because they can see where technique or form does not look quite right.  I always found looking in the mirror while practicing fascinating…

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Imagine if you could take your physical strength and kick it up a notch by adding in a few other ingredients to the mix.  Wouldn’t that be an awesome combination?  That’s exactly what I did and I’m about to share the secret behind this explosive…

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You probably have a hectic schedule, like I do.  If you are raising a family or building a dojo, working full-time, or teaching martial arts, life can be exciting, but draining. Every morning you wake up with a list of “to-do” items that seems extremely…

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Martial arts and life are parallel spheres in many respects. What works in one often works in the other. Both require  bravery and decision-making. Being brave enough to learn a great kick and then perform it in front of a lot of people can take a lot of…

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Like you, I have had tons of struggles with time issues, staying positive through challenges, raising a family, working, and multi-tasking just to keep up.  I do not have a lot of “me” time and I sometimes compromise sleep or eating well. Where does…

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Doubt Sets You Up for Failure Overcome self-doubt, or set yourself up for failure. There are no great options here. When you doubt, you are bound to become what you believe. That’s right. Once you start doubting yourself, you will fall into the depths of…

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AS INSTRUCTORS  As instructors, we often think about teaching in the context of how it benefits our students. We help them understand how to protect themselves, defend and escape. Through their training, they begin to improve in many ways. Their…

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On your first day of martial art class, you know nothing.  You cannot hide that you know nothing. Everyone there knows that you no nothing. You worry about knowing nothing. It is probably not the most confident day in your life.  You might be excited to…

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