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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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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 »
Habit by Michele A. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Martial Arts Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightl ... Read on »