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Have a Plan


     In light of the recent disasters that have been at the forefront of all of our news feeds, minds and hearts lately, compounded with our crazy Oklahoma spring weather, I asked the kids in class the other day if they had a plan for if things go bad at home or at school. The answers I got were great: “If there is a fire, I go outside the house and across the street.” “Hide in the bathtub if there is a tornado close by.” “Learn to swim in case of a flood.” Ok, well, most of them were great! But in all seriousness, many of our kids are at an age to where their parents may not be with them when there is an emergency, and it is critical that they have a plan for themselves, and practice that plan enough that they can pull it off without a hitch.

     When I brought up this subject with the kids in our teen class, I saw more than a few eyes get big. I realize that emergency situations can be a scary topic, but the only reason to be afraid is if you don’t have a plan-if you are caught unprepared, it is easy to panic! I told the kids that it was their job as a martial artist to be prepared for any situation. After all, one of the core concepts that we teach is Self-Defense. Most people, when they think of Self-Defense, think of defending themselves against people who intend to do them harm. But what if it is a storm that wants to do you harm? What if it is a fire? An animal? Are you prepared for every situation?

     As I am writing this, I recognize that it sounds paranoid. But paranoia involves fear. And fear is what you experience when you are stuck with no plan. If you have a personal plan for your safety in every situation, you will never have to worry about what-ifs! For Pride parents, I encourage you all to talk with your kids about developing their own plans for when things take a turn for the worse. Have them write out and practice their preparations on a regular basis, and they will be able to stay safe no matter how crazy things get!