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Michele A. Patient Expert

Reading, Pennsylvania
I am 40 years old and have a 10 year old daughter. I have been involved with the Martial Arts for over 16 years. I am a student and instructor. In April 2007, I injured my knee during a two-person bo form. I had a complete ACL tear. On May 15, 2007, I had my ACL reconstructed using a... Full Bio
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The Letter Cycle by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Last Christmas was difficult.  Actually, it was awful.  The events of Christmas 2013 have invaded my feelings towards Christmas in general.  I believe it was the last time ... Read on »
A PFA Is A Piece of Paper by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Disclaimer:  This is a personal web log. The opinions expressed are my own. Please note that I am not dispensing advice. These are my personal experiences and refle ... Read on »
“The Talk” No One Prepares You For by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts As a parent, you look forward to certain milestones in your child’s life.   There is joy in watching the first step or hearing the first word.   On the flip side, a ... Read on »
How Did I Get Here? by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts “I am telling you this as a friend, as your sister, take care of yourself.” The very sad truth is that I don’t remember how.  But here is where I begin. ... Read on »
I Have A Blog? by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Yes...yes I do. Sometimes I forget. Just a quick note to say "Hello!" to all the readers who still stumble upon this blog from time to time.  There is not much...o ... Read on »
Teaching Your Own Child Karate by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts My daughter turns 14 years old next week.  In a few weeks, she will graduate 8th grade.  In a few months, she will start high school.  In a few short years, she will head of ... Read on »
Listen.... by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Listen...to your body. In mid December, my sister Kim had surgery on her foot to correct a Haglund's Deformity and Plantar Fasciitis.  After the surgery, she had a list ... Read on »
White Envelope by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts A few weeks ago, I was handed a white envelope by Fritz who is one of my training partners.   The content of the envelope....pictures.  I don't know about you but I don't li ... Read on »
Might As Well Jump by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts An article from Science Daily :  Go Ahead and Jump: Learning How to Properly Jump and Land Can Help Female Athletes Avoid Serious Knee Injuries Female athletes t ... Read on »
Reader Question: What if the fear of injury...isn't your own? by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Hello blog readers! I received a kind email from Carolyn and she asked the following question "What if the fear of injury...isn't your own?" I ask because ... Read on »
Quiet by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts This blog is too quiet. I miss writing. I miss my blog friends. I miss the exchange of ideas.  I miss reading and learning. I will be in touch soon.  M ... Read on »
Out of Balance by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts It has been about 8 weeks since I was in the dojo. This was the first time I decided to take a break. In the past, my breaks from training were due to my work schedule or ... Read on »
Question - Total Knee Replacement / Karate by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Hello Readers, A karate friend asked me to post a question on the blog.  Do you know anyone who had a TKR (total knee replacement) and was able to continue kar ... Read on »
Catching Up by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts I am trying to catch up on everything from paperwork to my Google Reader.     A blog "To Do" list Update the recommended links column.  If you have a martial art ... Read on »
Thank You by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts It has been a busy few months. In March, I was notified by my instructor that I would be testing on June 29, 2012 at the IKKF Annual Training in Reading, Pennsyl ... Read on »
More and Less by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Over the last few months, I have been training more and writing less.  A few thoughts... 1.  Pay close attention.  Some of the best tips / connections are the b ... Read on »
ACL Reconstruction - Five Years by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts May 15, 2012 was the 5 year anniversary of my ACL surgery.  Five years! The initial purpose of this blog was to interact and document my recovery from surgery and my ... Read on »
Spreadsheet Karate by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts In my work life, everything has a spreadsheet:  sale forecasts, production plans, customer master lists, inventory, purchase orders, bookings and invoices.  At home,  I u ... Read on »
ACL Injuries in Women by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts From Science Daily :  For some reason, women tend to have knee motions that make them more susceptible to injury. Among other things, when landing from a jump ... Read on »
One...Two...Three by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts We count a lot in karate class.  One...two...three...ichi...ni...san. In the beginner classes, it is an easy way to keep everyone together and practice safely.  Coun ... Read on »