Karate Mom Chronicles

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My life is busy and it doesn’t leave too much room for free time but I make some anyhow. Well on Friday 5-18-2018 it was “bring your mom to karate” day. I decided to partake, why did I do this? Let’s just say that afterward, I had an achy wrist.

Do you see the picture above. My experience looked nothing like that, lol. In my mind it did though.


It was very eventful. I was able to see how the children felt when in karate mode. I learned how to take someone down who was trying to choke me out. Pretty cool! Now, will I use this if that was to ever happen? I don’t know, lol. The first thing that you are taught to do is not to panic. Well, I have this thing about my neck. Hands don’t go there, lbvs. I had a bad experience as a child and it was not a great one. I literally was almost suffocated on the playground. So anytime there are hands around my neck or even if I am congested, I tend to panic.

Enough about my fears. You probably are thinking come on get to the good stuff. Well… it was fun but going back looking at the video was hilarious. I looked crazy! I was going to post the video but instead, I decided to take some shots from the video to share. I cant have Y’all seeing me flailing around like a chicken with my head cut off. That’s not a good look.

First, we did the basic things. We started off with different types of punches as a group. We had the reverse punch, the jab and cross punch, elbow strikes and palm strikes. Then we moved on to how to get out of a bear hug. My lovely 8-year-old was my partner. You can just imagine how that worked, lol. I would’ve had some pics of that but my cameraman (son) was distracted.

Then there was on to the getting out of a choke hold. This exercise was fun. It was fake so I didn’t panic. However, when someone has there hands around your neck, the first rule of thumb is not to panic. Once you are past the panic phase then you would grab their elbow opposite your dominant hand. Pull them forward, reach around their head with your free hand and grab an ear, eye socket or their carotid artery and pull hard. This will make you attacker release you. I must make a disclaimer, Please do not try this at home. Only a professional can show you how this is done so as not to hurt the person you are partnering with. I am not a professional nor am I liable for any injuries.

It was then on to the heavy bag (this is where I hurt my wrist). We did roundhouse kicks, palm strikes, stepping back fist and elbow strikes. Each time you make a strike we had to say Kiai. Most people see this rendered as hi-yah in writing.


Now, Kiai also pronounced ki-yah or Ki-ah is the sound that is made to startle your opponent. The karate instructor always says harness the power of the Kiai whenever you are making a strike. The term Ki means mood or energy. The kiai is taught as a breathing technique as this sound does not come from your throat but from your stomach. Yeah, I can do it right.

Now Fridays are sparing days. Good thing the moms didn’t have to do this. My son was extremely excited about this but was let down when the instructor said that moms couldn’t spar. I quote him, “Mom, you about to get these hands”. No way was that about to happen. He was going to have a rude awakening if that is what he thought, lol. I may not know karate but I can pull the “Remember I am your mother” card real quick and shut it all down, lol.

I think the most fun part for me was the Samurai Run. I ran alright, lol. I ran away from the person I was competing against. It was simple, you run down to the opposite side of the dojo doing a technique the instructor yells out. Once to the other side you turn around, run back and touch the wall. You then have to make it to the middle of the floor before your other opponent to grab the samurai sword (it was foam, lol) and tap your opponent. I lost! I was so busy running to not get tapped that I didn’t pick up the sword.

Being a karate mom is cool. It was nice to learn a few self-defense moves. You never know when you may have to use them. It was empowering. Now I am really thinking about joining the dojo. Maybe I’ll be a black belt karate mom, hmm. I can see it, karate mom by day and ninja mom by night, lol. I’m just kidding.
I know this was not the norm of what you see from me but I had to share this experience.


Until next time leave no line left behind!

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7 MAJOR Blogging Mistakes to Avoid!

This is great information. Helps take the pressure off. When your new to the blogging world you can get overwhelmed.




A lot of times when you’re trying to be perfect in your writing instead of just being 100% you – your posts seem to either not get as much attention as you’d like for it to have or you don’t get that good of a response (feedback). People can tell when the words are more so of forced and not really flowing like they should. For some people, self-doubt of being yourself in blogging can actually be crippling. Just be you. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical, creative, awesome, amazing person that you are!! Remember to write about things that actually interest YOU. Don’t stress and write about what you think people will like. Write about what stays on your mind the most and I promise you the right people will find, follow and keep up with you and your posts.

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Author Spotlight: Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest Judge: Tehilayah Ysrayl

Don’t Forget to get ready for this years poetry contest. Get those pens ready!

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Today we are introducing and spotlighting Tehilayah Ysrayl, mother, wife, poet and our 2nd Annual Poetry Contest judge! Join me as we catch up.

Copyright©2018. Tehilayah.

Tehilayah, whose name means song of praise, is an aspiring author and poet who was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended IPFW and Ivy Tech Community College and currently works for a life insurance company. Tehilayah has been happily married for six years, has four beautiful children, and a Jack Russell named Sevyn that is selective in who he deals with and has a “big dog” mentality.

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This mother is not afraid of the stage, presenting her poetry at various venues and impromptu poetry gatherings in her city. She enjoys singing, sewing, reading, wine, whiskey and, most importantly, words. Some of her favorite poets include but are not limited to, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Countee…

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“The Vibe”

Hey, there beautiful people. I don’t know about you guys, but there is a certain way this girl writes poetry. I call it, “The Vibe”. I personally don’t like to write assigned poetry. I really suck at it. For example, write me a poem about a little yellow bird. Yeah, can’t do it, lol. However, I don’t knock it either. I’ve read some great poems written that had a subject matter assigned to them. The people that have that talent are truly awesome. But for me to pick up the pen, there has to be a “vibe” to it. Every time I have ever tried to write a poem with an assigned subject it was an epic fail. My all wasn’t put into it. So, I write when the vibe comes. And if it just so happens, that it falls into the assigned subject it’s a win-win. I just have to have the “vibe”. If you are like me then you always have a handy dandy notebook and pen hidden somewhere on your person when the vibe comes.

So, what is the vibe? Well, the vibe is the inspiration. It’s the feeling that you get when you see a photo, a person or even hear a word. It triggers something in you. Whether that feeling is from pain or joy. You get this feeling in your gut. Sometimes it’s an ah-ha moment. It may make the hairs on your arms stand up. Tears may find themselves leaving tracks on your face, and anger may cause your nostrils to flare, so you write.

The Vibe is a dance with language. It’s the tango with metaphors and the cha-cha slide with stanzas. Its a waltz with a haiku and a 2 step dance battle with the spoken word. Yesss! It’s “The Vibe”.

Have you ever had that vibe broken? Whew… it can be the worse. Can you say, “flow wrecked”? You lose that rhythm and the poem seems to lose its passion. If “The Vibe” can be described in a better way, it would be PASSION! Can we get a do not interrupt the vibe sign to tape on our foreheads, lol? I’m laughing but being a karate mom and a wife I need one.

The vibe has a rhythm of its own. If you’re are not careful you may dance with two left feet and that’s not good for the lines on the page. I find that when I stay in rhythm with the vibe my poetry is not idle. It heals and provides an increase that subject driven poetry doesn’t bring for me. I imagine that the greatest poets also let their pens dance to the rhythm of “The Vibe”.

What’s your favorite poetry writing style?
Vibe or No Vibe?
Post your comments.
There’s no wrong answer. It’s all love.

Remember that No Line is Left Behind!

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Lastly, be on the look out for “No Idle Word”, coming soon!


Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest 2018: Rules, Guidelines, Entrance and Prizes

Make sure you check this out!

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Yess people! It’s that time! Time to reveal the guidelines to this year’s contest and our amazing prizes! Read on…

Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest 2018

Theme: Self-Care, Self-Love – Our theme this year is on self-care and self-love!

Submissions Accepted: Thursday, July 12th – Tuesday, July 31stWinners Announced: Wednesday, August 22, 2018



  • The poems submitted must be original work. This means that the poems must be written by you. If we find a poem that resembles any previously published poem in any way that poet will be disqualified from the competition. Poems must be your own work.
  • The poem must not be previously published in a book or anywhere online (including your blog)
  • The contest will be judged based on writing, style and how closely the poem adheres to the theme.
  • We are judges of the competition only. All poets…

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Poetry Never Stops


As we know National Poetry Month 2018 ended a couple of days ago. Does that mean that poetry should not be celebrated? Should we tuck it away until April 2019? Should we stop it all together? No, poetry never ends, it goes on. It’s in the very fabric of our beings and we find poetry in everything. It’s in the way a mother looks at her children. The way a baby opens his eyes to hear the voice of his father for the first time. Its how grandpa and grandma hold hands like their love is sprouting anew. Poetry is in the caress of the wind on a hot summers day. Poetry is___________.

You can fill that in with whatever you desire and call it “Poetry.”


Vulnerability is one of the important parts of poetry. It’s a moment of truth. The definition of vulnerable is the capability of being physically or emotionally wounded (source: Merriam Webster). Poets are sometimes people with a heavy past, and that’s okay! Matter of fact that’s great because you have something to speak about. In speaking about it in a poetic way you can bring about healing. You allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to not only yourself but for others.

Currently, I have some poetry work in process. Be on the lookout for that. (That’s my 1-second plug, lol). Now back to what we are discussing.

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Release Date TBA. Stay Glued.

I have a poem that for me, is my truth. It’s pain seen through my eyes but I know I am not the only one with a story like this. We all are connected some way or another. The poem, however, doesn’t shed a good light on a situation and or person. Initially, this poem was a part of the work and I removed it. I felt as if I would stir up old wounds and cause strife in some relationships. I was so bent out of shape about it that I was ready to throw the baby out with the bath water. I was ready to call the whole thing quits. I felt like someone was placing duck tape over my mouth to shut me up. So, I took it out! I even sought advice from a dear friend who suggested that I write it in 3rd person.

I pondered it. I started to rewrite and I paused. But again, poetry doesn’t stop because I did. I sought out some more wisdom. Wisdom said, “Don’t leave it out, that’s your truth. Never let anyone silence your truth.” That was what I needed to hear, never silence your truth! So yes, I am going to put it back in the work because the words must go on. Stains need to be left on the lines. Healing needs to come forth. The funny thing about healing is that you first have to have a wound. That wound is the vulnerability. Find that vulnerability and let the pen bleed.

Remember that poetry never stops we just stop being vulnerable. We find a way to cover up that vulnerability with steel (which is more like aluminum foil, because aluminum foil cant protect that heart of yours, lol). We have been lead to believe that being vulnerable is weak. But vulnerability is a strength. Its because you’re not afraid to stand in the face of whatever pain you have and demand it’s exit. That vulnerability is what makes great poetry. My husband always tells me, “leave it all on the page.” So, I will carry on that wisdom to you. Never let anyone silence your truths and leave it all on the page.

Poetry can’t stop and won’t stop!

Until next time beautiful people, leave No Line Left Behind. Peace!