Health & Wellness

FMAA Instructor’s Perform Their Outstanding Forms For Nike

Danni Verona performing Guang Ping Chen Tai Chi
for Nike IHM Group
Nike Event Kung-Fu Team

Family Martial Arts Academy Instructor’s Michael Alcobendas, Danni Verona and Bryce Verona gave an outstanding performance last night at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, OR.  The special event took place at the Tiger Woods Building for Nike’s IHM staff, friends and family.  Bryce Verona started with “Yang Ban Hou” a Northern Chinese Spear yang style form he learned from lineage master Henry Look.  Danni Verona then gracefully and eloquently performed her Chen Style “Guang Ping” t’ai chi kata followed by Michael Alcobendas acrobatic performance of his Wushu Broad Sword.

Our American-Okinawan Shorin-ryu roots go back to China and it was exciting to acknowledge those roots and to see and bring these very high level performances to this Nike event.

Thank you Michael, Danni and Bryce for sharing your knowlegable and rich backgrounds in the martial arts!

Nike Photo Credits Jessica Peters

Video credit to Julie Magers:  Click Here to see our 10 minute video

Michael Alcobendas performing Wushu Broad Sword

Bryce at Nike Event doing Yang Ban Hou

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 Health & Wellness No Comments

I Can See Clearly Now….

“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity.
The soul must see through these eyes alone,
and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.”



Today is an historic day in the decades-long debate about health care reform.  I am posting this prior to the big vote on whether or not to pass today’s proposed legislation that will, if permitted, BEGIN the process of reforming how we approach health in America. There remains uncertainty of it passing.

There are many ways in which our view of what is healthy for us can be dimmed.  And there are many factors that contribute to or compromise our health – as individuals, as families, as communities, and as a nation.

Here is an article I found helpful in taking a step back from the political and policy realm of health reform, to get re-centered on “health” and “well-being.”  It addresses some definitions of health, touches on the distinctions of physical AND emotional/mental health, and takes a look at those things (both in and out of our control) that contribute to our health.

Mostly, for me it helped to remind me that the most important decision I can make, is to discern what is in my control and what is not – and then to decide in this moment, what is the healthiest choice I can make for me and those I love.

I hope you find something useful here:

Medical News TODAY – What is Health? What Does Good Health Mean?

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 Health & Wellness No Comments
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