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When I needed to get in shape for television pilot season; Ellen was the person that drove me to be my very best above any other trainer I ever had. I had the privilege of being trained by her during my Kick Boxing Ultimate Training (KUT program). She not only taught us to perform the movements safely, she motivated us to get the results we wanted. And above all...she always made it fun! She has an amazing personality and her nonstop energy is contagious. I looked forward to every class. I HIGHLY recommend her for any fitness/Karate program. She is the best!

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My kids began taking karate about 5 years ago. My kids are not at all into sports or competitive but I am so glad they went. They grew so much in their confidence and inner strength. This was in part of their Masters and teachers. Master Ellen, however, was one who took my daughter under her wing. She recognized immediately when she was feeling anxious or sad. Her pep talks were so heartfelt and meaningful to her and for that, I am incredibly grateful.

It was not much longer when I joined in school’s KUT program. It was such a motivating group and the instructors were so encouraging and supportive. There was a point when I was feeling very discouraged about my progress (lack of). Master Ellen immediately pulled me aside and helped me through that period. Her words of encouragement and her belief in me stays with me to this day.

I am so glad she is taking this amazing venture. Master Ellen is truly gifted and a wonderful individual with a caring soul. She is an excellent and fun (my kid’s words) instructor.

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That’s where I met Master Ellen.

She has great patience in showing the correct form and would come over to my bag to “fix” me if I was doing something incorrectly. Encouraging me by letting me start at my own pace yet motivating me to keep up with her once I figured out what I was doing.

When I started I could not do a full push up, with the training motivation my highest was 42!!

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5 Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween

Halloween is such a fun time of the year for children; but when children
encounter tricks instead of treats, this holiday can become very scary –
and not just because of the decorations and frightening costumes.
Abductions, bullying, candy that has been compromised; these are all
things that can make Halloween a dreadful holiday for children and
parents alike.

In order to keep your kids safe this Halloween, educate them before
they put on their costumes and start knocking on the neighbors doors.
Here are 5 tips that can help keep those little ghosts and ghouls safe
this – and every – Halloween.

Plan a Route. Before your kids hit the town to gather goodies, plan a
route for them. It should be one that leads them through well-lit areas
that are heavily populated. The lighter the area and the more people
around, the less likely there will danger lurking. Make sure to discuss
the route with your kids beforehand.

Give them a Cell Phone. You may not want your kids to have a cell
phone on a regular basis, but on Halloween, you might want to make an
exception. Pre-program the phone with emergency contact numbers so
that if there is an emergency, your child will be able to easily call for
help. Also, it will allow you to call and check up on your child at regular
intervals. They’ll have the freedom to trick-or-treat by themselves, but
you’ll still be able to keep a watchful eye, or ear, on them.
Talk to Your Child About Potential Dangers. Discuss possible scenarios
that could occur that would be dangerous. For example, what they
should do if someone tries to ask them to get into their car, or go into
their house. Provide them with the right response so that they know
how to react and so that they can avoid a potentially dangerous
situation.

Light them Up. Give you children flashlights or have them wear glow
bracelets or necklaces while they are trick-or-treating. Doing so will
allow them to not only see what is around them, but will allow others to
easily see them. Cars can be a particular danger while walking on dark
streets; lighting up your kids will make them more visible to drivers.
Don’t Eat Candy! Of course, children are going to find it difficult to keep
their goodies out of their mouths; however, you really need to stress the
importance of waiting until they get home to eat their candy. Once they
get home, you can inspect them to make sure they are safe. Spread the
candy out and go through it together. Remove anything that is
unwrapped or looks questionable. And while homemade treats may
seem like a nice gesture, there is no telling what is inside of them, so nix
them.

Your kids can have fun while being independent this Halloween. By
following these 5 tips, you can ensure that they have plenty of treats
and avoid any tricks.

Take care!
Master Ellen