For the longest time, the words “martial arts”, “karate” and “black belt” conjured up images of Bruce Lee single handedly fighting off the bad guys, or Ninjas leaping out of the dark. Of course, Hollywood still promotes this image, but in reality, martial arts classes offer a much more family-oriented atmosphere.

These days, we see parents and their children participating together in martial arts – learning side-by-side in an environment that is empowering, motivating and positive. Classes tend to be structured to develop not only the fighting techniques, but also a fitness program that the whole family can enjoy. In addition, a holistic approach helps to build strong character, discipline, leadership skills and … good manners.

Family oriented dojos (martial arts schools) do not just teach self-defense, but are interested in the complete personal development of each student. Focus, patience, perseverance and physical condition are developed through the practice of various katas (movement exercises), Kumites (sparring routines) and kihon (basic techniques).

In a society where we often juggle complicated schedules, martial arts classes offer the opportunity to combine our family and fitness time in an activity where family values, respect and responsibility are promoted.

Karate and Martial Art in Montreal


Link: Is Yellowpages still useful, or has Google stolen their thunder?

Most of us have used The Yellowpages directory at least once in our lives, but since the arrival of Google and their dominance of the Internet, Yellowpages has been slowly losing it’s importance.
So, who really wants to waste time looking through thousands of pages for an address or an ad, when Google is a simple, effortless click away?

Link: How companies orchestrate social media programs within their organization


Key findings from a report by Spredfast, a social business software provider for corporate social media management:

  • Companies are expanding social engagement opportunities through increased publishing and activity. While a few companies published more than 155,000 messages that garnered over 250 million interactions, the average company published 4,924 messages.
  • Social media is no longer one person’s or one team’s job. On average, 29 people are participating in social media programs within a social media management system (SMMS) across 11 business groups and 51 social network accounts. 
  • Social media is allowing companies to communicate directly and reach an “opted in” network like never before. Companies have an average social network size of 1.8 million people with an average potential social reach of 47 million impressions over one quarter. 
  • Publishing is heavier on Twitter, though engagement on Facebook is higher. Companies are publishing an average of 50 messages per day on Twitter as compared to 16 messages per day to Facebook. However, Facebook yields 549 engagement interactions for every message published while Twitter yields 60.
  • Corporate social programs are multi-channel efforts that require employees to participate in a variety of roles. Companies are expanding social beyond simply the marketing or customer service teams, and engaging internal subject matter experts in social activity to deliver relevant, interesting content to audiences.