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Welcome to the Balanced Life Skills "Digital Dojo" for our members.  Our Life is our Dojo.

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Bully Prevention Partners

Bully Prevention in 3 Minutes a Day

Look for our program for schools, teachers and parents. 

3 Minutes a…

When girls are mean to girls

The little girl, Jennifer, with cute pigtails and freckles who loved school and having the approval of her teacher also had lots of friends in school. What she did not know was there was another young girl - her ‘friend’ - who really wanted to be the most popular person in class,…

Listen with respect

In learning about bully prevention and really just about being a good friend our first rule of conduct is:

Listen with respect!

Everyone universally likes to feel heard. They want to know that you understand them. They do not want to feel like they are being judged.

Try to understand what someone is saying, before rushing to judgement.


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2014-2015 BLS Year Calendar

Download & Print the 2014-2015_BLS_Year_Calendar.pdf !!!

Then mark your calendar and save the dates!

Balanced Life Skills Black Belt Test 2013

Blog Posts

Showing Compassion for ourselves

Posted by Joseph Van Deuren on August 28, 2014 at 9:41am 0 Comments

This was sent to me by one of the parents in the schools.  Perfect advice on the subject we talked about this week:…


Red Belt Lemonade Stand

Posted by Catherine Griswold on July 24, 2014 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

Today, we, the red belts ( aka the black belt candidates ), set up a…


chin ups and pull ups

Posted by Christian Ciccarelli on July 21, 2014 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

I have been working every morning and night to become…


How persistence affects BLS

Posted by Joseph Van Deuren on July 6, 2014 at 8:40am 0 Comments

Balanced Life Skills will be 11 years old this November.  From the very beginning I personally had a dream of combining different arts under one roof.  The ultimate goal was to work with students on building character - their own way. …


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Showing Compassion for ourselves

This was sent to me by one of the parents in the schools.  Perfect advice on the subject we talked…See More
Catherine Griswold posted a blog post
Jul 25
Christian Ciccarelli posted a blog post
Jul 21
Christian Ciccarelli commented on Mason Brunner's blog post Masons Community Service Project
"Good job Mason!! I did a similar community service project at Quiet Waters Park. It felt good to…"
Jul 21

BLS Schedule

School year 2014-2015:

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Balanced Life Skills is OPEN  on the 2014-2015 schedule. 

BLS is CLOSED Fri. 8/29 - Mon. 9/1 for LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

No Saturday AM workout.

Closing policy can be found here.

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Balanced Life Skills

Don’t believe everything you think!

Of all of our discussion about compassion the last week of discussions were the most telling for me.  We talked about compassion for ourselves.  More directly we talked about how negative self talk damages us, prevents us from moving forward and how it lasts a lifetime. In a survey done of thousands of women only 4% thought they looked good or beautiful.  Why?  Most had something that they did not like about themselves.   Their nose, ears, hips, weight, height, eyes, hair and on and on.   Really?  Is this just limited to women?  I don’t think so. While men may not


Life Skills: Confidence – The Definition

Each month we will discuss a life skill with all of our students. This month the word is Confidence.  This word will be defined in the following ways for our students. Young students: Compassion means: “I believe in me and you!” Older students: Compassion means:  Complete trust in ourselves and others. Each age group has a worksheet that parents can use to continue the discussion at home with their children, and one for adults to allow them to think more deeply about the skill and how it applies to them. Would you like to receive the worksheet? Stop by our studio at


Three Arts… One Dojo

The mission of Balanced Life Skills is to cultivate awareness, compassion and respect in all of our students.  We do this by helping them be aware of the negative messages that they hear and then be compassionate with themselves by replacing them with positive messages.  Replacing the negative thoughts we have with positive ones will help them to be willing to put forth greater effort in studying for school, trying new things, even standing up for themselves.  When this happens they can respect themselves. Did you ever have these challenges as a young person?  Most of us have.  In fact



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