10 Lessons for Girls

Here is a very intelligent resource for teaching/opening up a dialogue with young girls about Self-Defense.  

This piece was created by one of my teachers & mentors Master Teacher Tom Callos.

Click this Link to be taken to the 10 Lessons  http://10lessons.tumblr.com 

Over the years at TheDOJO we have been teaching Intelligent Curriculum such as this piece.  From time to time I like to re-send these powerful messages out to everyone as a reminder these resources are available.  You may find more topics on our website under the Everything Self Defense tab at www.TheDOJO.org

"In the following 10 lessons, I will touch upon these primary topics:" -Tom Callos

  1. Attitude
  2. Exercise
  3. Diet
  4. Self-Image (and the media)
  5. Relationships, Dating, and Boys
  6. Dangerous and Emergency Situations
  7. Alcohol and Drugs
  8. Environmental Self-Defense
  9. Education
  10. Sexism / Discrimination

Master Teacher Tom Callos may be reached at TomCallos@Gmail.com

Type 2 Diabetes Awareness & Prevention at TheDOJO


Type 2 Diabetes …Awareness & Prevention

One in three children will develop Type 2 diabetes so it just makes sense to discuss the awareness & prevention of this disease. This is a unique component of our modern day self-defense lessons for children, teens & adults. Through education we create awareness & through action we create a means for the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.  We discuss, educate & inspire a lifestyle of Healthy Eating & Regular Exercise.  This is yet another component of Intelligent Curriculum in our Martial Arts Education taught by Sensei Dan Rominski at TheDOJO.

Did You Know?

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. By the year 2050, one in three people will have diabetes. Children from certain racial and ethnic groups are at higher risk, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American children.  If you have a family member with Diabetes you are more at risk in developing the disease.

What is Diabetes?

In type 1 diabetes, the body can no longer make any insulin. Insulin is a hormone your body needs to use glucose. Glucose is a sugar your body uses to give you energy. People with type 1 diabetes inject insulin every day in order to live. At this time, type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.

In type 2 diabetes, the body makes insulin. But, it may not make enough, the insulin it makes may not work well, or both.

Type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed for many years

Preventing Diabetes in Teens

Risk for Diabetes goes up if you have a family history or if you are overweight.

Age is also a risk factor for diabetes as a person’s risk increases after age 45.

However, the number of teens diagnosed with pre-diabetes and diabetes is growing.  For this age group, being overweight is their number one risk factor.  Risk for diabetes goes up if you have a family history or if you are overweight.

Preventing Type Two Diabetes In Children

Children and teens may be able to prevent diabetes or delay its onset for many years. Small changes can make a big difference. Even a small amount of weight loss can help prevent or delay diabetes.

Losing weight is hard, especially if you’re trying to do it by yourself.  Get the whole family involved.  After all, a healthy diet for preventing diabetes is a healthy diet for everyone.

Lose Weight By Eating Healthy

Here are some healthy eating tips the whole family can try.

Drink water — Limit sugar-sweetened drinks including, sodas, juices, sports drinks, and coffee drinks. These drinks add calories with little or no nutritional value.

Eat more fruits and vegetables — If fresh is not available, try frozen or canned fruits (in natural juice, not syrup) and vegetables. They’re more affordable, easy to cook and they don’t go bad!

Make healthy snack foods easy to find in the kitchen — Place grapes, carrots or plain popcorn on the counter.

Limit fast food — When you do choose fast food, make healthier choices:

Choose salads with dressing on the side

Choose foods that are grilled or broiled

Choose to eliminate Soda

Hold the mayo

Choose baked chips, salad or apples slices instead of french fries.

Order the kid-size meal

Learn how to Create Your Plate — Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables. For the remaining side, fill half with a lean protein, and the remaining quarter with carbs or starches, like brown rice or whole grain pasta.

Lose Weight By Getting Active

Limit sitting in front of a screen time to no more than 2 hours a day — This includes TV, computer, phone and video games.

Get moving — Children and teens should get 60 minutes a day of exercise most days of the week. Here are ways your family can be more physically active:

Walk, bike, or scooter to school. Try a “walking school bus” or supervised bike rides.

Attend Martial Arts lessons with a qualified instructor

Turn up the music and dance

Walk outside, in a mall, at a park, or in a museum

Join your local YMCA

Take the stairs instead of the elevator

Get off the bus a stop early and walk

Park at the far end of the lot

Walk around while talking on the phone or watching TV

Set Goals — Challenge your child, and yourself by setting small goals. Reward your successes with non-food items. (Ex. Having a sleepover, renting a movie, going shopping)

Get more tips on setting goals, healthy eating and staying active.

Warning Signs?

Children and teens with type 2 diabetes often feel no symptoms at all. However, be aware of some common symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

Increased thirst

Frequent or nighttime urination

Blurry vision

Unusual fatigue

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, contact a health care provider.

What is the A1C Test?

The A1c test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research.  Individuals with diabetes and those at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes can have a regular A1c test, also known as HbA1c, performed by their doctor.

Learn more about how our Intelligent Curriculum with Sensei Dan Rominski at TheDOJO

Visit our Website www.TheDOJO.org  Email us at SenseiDan@TheDOJO.org or call us at TheDOJO (201) 933-3050 from 3 pm to 8 pm EST.  

Article contents from www.Diabetes.org & www.DefeatDiabetes.org


Teaching Children Safety

Teaching Safety to Children

The 5 Questions of How to Make a Good Decision

Making a good decision is Self-Defense.  Did you know that accidents are the number one cause of death among children?  Did you know that children who take swimming lessons are actually more prone to drowning due to overconfidence in their ability?  Children are impulsive so what if as parents & educators we taught them to “Think before they act”?  Teaching children HOW to slow down, think before they act & listen to their conscience makes sense to stay safe.  This is another component of Intelligent Curriculum in our Martial Arts Education taught by Sensei Dan Rominski at TheDOJO.  Also, these 5 questions work well for teenagers & adults.

1.  What Would My Parent’s Say?

Think before you act!  Making a good decision is about thinking before you act.  This usually results in a safer outcome.  Not thinking before you act is called being “Impulsive”.  Being impulsive can lead to something bad, dangerous or foolish to happen.  One is to be mindful the other is to be mindless.  Before doing something ask yourself, “What would my parent’s say if I…?”  Consider what your parent’s would say & then make a “good” decision.

2.  What Would My Teacher Say?

“It takes a village to raise a child”,  Parents & teachers are like the tribal elders of a village who have lot’s of life experience.  This means that when we listen to them & their wise advice we don’t have to re-invent the wheel. We can however learn from their past mistakes & successes.  Before doing something ask yourself, “What would my teacher say if I…?”  Consider what your teacher would say & then make a “good” decision.

3.  Could I Hurt Someone?

It’s easy to think only about ourselves, but that is a little selfish.  When we think of others we expand our awareness beyond ourselves & consider how our decisions may affect other people.  What we choose to do has a good or bad consequence.  Before doing something ask yourself, “Could I hurt someone if I…?”  Consider how your choices & actions could result in something good or something bad for others & then make a “good” decision.

4.  Could I Hurt Myself?

Look before you leap!  This idea can prevent something bad or dangerous from happening.  Think before you act & ask yourself, “Could I hurt myself if I…?”  Consider the answer & then make a “good” decision.

5.  Should I Do It?

The question of questions!  Ultimately ask yourself, “Should I do it?”Consider if your actions will be morally correct & how they affect the rights of other people.

After considering your answers of these five questions to Think Before You Act & Make a Good Decision go ahead & decide.  Think wisely…use your common sense & good sound judgement.  Trust yourself that if you thought deeply about it chances are you’ll come up

with the right answer.

Parents could give examples of something bad or something good, these questions actually apply either way.  Teach the child to go through all five questions for each scenario.  Be patient & let them come up with the answer, allow them to learn to listen to their own gut feeling or conscience.

Some ideas might be…

Bad Things

“What would your parents say if you climbed up that couch?”

“What would your teacher say if you cut in line while waiting your turn?”

“Could you hurt someone if you played rough?”

Good Things

“What would your parents say if you cleaned your room?”

“What would your Teacher or coach say if you ate all these vegetables?”

“Could you hurt someone if you share?”

EZ Defense for Children Setting Verbal Boundaries & More

EZ Defense & The 3 Colors of Awareness

Setting Verbal Boundaries & Nonviolent Conflict Resolution 

The Three Colors of Awareness are Yellow Alert, Orange Alert & Red Alert.  Each color represents a different action one takes for personal protection.  In Self-Defense Awareness is key to staying safe.  Whether one is warding off a bully, a stranger or a grown up which makes us feel uncomfortable knowing what to do & how to do it will protect us & could even save our life.  

Yellow Alert

The first Color of Awareness is Yellow Alert.  Yellow Alert is when there is no danger but there could be, in other words paying attention to our surroundings & environment.  Children could be in Yellow Alert while riding their bike such as paying attention to cars or driveways to prevent or avoid accidents.  Grown ups could be in Yellow Alert while driving like paying attention to the road or cars around them to prevent or avoid danger.  We should always be in yellow alert, always looking to prevent accidents or dangerous acts from happening to us through paying attention to our environment & surroundings & what is going on around us at all times.

Orange Alert

Orange Alert is when one gets that weird gut feeling in their stomach like something is wrong and they LISTEN to it.   We also know this as having “butterflies” in our stomachs.  This feeling could happen when we are scared or nervous such as the first day of school or getting on stage in front of an audience.  It could also happen when we are being picked on by a bully or a grown up makes us feel uncomfortable.  In orange alert we take some sort of action when we feel something is wrong.  We might assume a self-defense stance, we might assertively set a verbal boundary or we might leave a dangerous situation & tell a grown up.  Usually something bad occurs when we get that gut feeling like something is wrong & we ignore it.  A great example of orange alert is setting a verbal boundary for either a bully, a stranger or to anyone when they make us feel uncomfortable.  Here is more information on to how set a verbal boundary correctly.

The Verbal Boundary a Tool for Non Violent Conflict Resolution

When it comes to communication it is important to say the right thing in the right way. Be aware of using the right body language, the right tone of voice & the right words for the a situation.  If we are too passive we might unintentionally make ourselves out to be an “easy target”.  If we are too aggressive we may escalate a situation to become worse than it started.  Assertive communication is not too passive nor too aggressive but is just right to show that we don’t want any trouble but are willing to protect ourselves if we have to.  There is a physiology to every emotion we feel & body language is the biggest form of communication.  The next biggest form of communication is our tone of voice & last are the words we use.  In self-defense we want to become aware of our verbal & non-verbal communication.  

Passive Communication

Examples of Passive Communication might be avoiding eye contact, looking down, hands in the pockets or the body sunken in as if we are “shrinking away from the trouble”.  The tone of voice would be speaking quietly or sounding “mousey” projecting a lack of confidence or willingness to protect oneself.  The words used in Passive Communication may be in the form of asking instead of telling such as “please don’t hurt me” or “please leave me alone”.  Passive Communication could make us seem more like an “easy target” & unintentionally invite more trouble towards us.

Aggressive Communication 

Aggressive Communication is not good either.  While it may display more confidence than being passive if we are too over the top we might invite trouble by escalating a confrontation rather than deescalating it.  Also if we lose control emotionally we will not be able to “think straight” & make good decisions.  Examples of aggressive communication might be shaking our fist at someone, pointing a finger at someone’s face or standing with fists up looking like we are ready to fight.  Shouting & yelling uncontrollably while saying mean or derogatory things is not an effective way to communicate as well.  We might “set someone off” to lash back at us out of anger or embarrassment.  This may start a fight rather than preventing one.   

Assertive Communication

Assertive Communication is as if to say through our body language our tone of voice & our words “Look I don’t want any trouble but I will protect myself if I have to.”  It may be as simple as “standing up” or “speaking up” for yourself or it may be setting a verbal boundary.  How do we set a Verbal Boundary with Assertive Communication?  We need to include the right body language tone of voice & words.  The Body Language is a self-defense stance with one foot back, both hands up & the palms open as if saying “stop” while making good eye contact.  The tone of voice is loud & sharp projecting confidence.  It might be like a “Bad Dog” tone of voice like when yelling at a dog after it goes to the bathroom on the rug.  The words we use change for different situations.  

Orange Alert for a Bully

When confronted by a bully we might shout “Back Away!” or “Stop!” or “Leave Now”.  Tell them exactly what you want them to do but don’t say anything that might embarrass or anger them.  Always allow them an honorable exit especially in front of peers.  It’s also smart not to “get into it” by getting drawn into an argument going back & forth with an aggressive discussion.  Be loud to set the verbal boundary & show you are not an easy target & also to attract the attention & help from a teacher or parents nearby.

Orange Alert for a Stranger

When a stranger either aggressively or quietly approaches a child or signals them or asks a child to go with them somewhere we assume the same self-defense stance & loudly shout “This is NOT my mom this is NOT my Dad, Stranger Help!”  Be loud to attract attention & then look around & go for help.  Tell a grown up immediately.  Go back inside a school, into a house, find a parent, friends parent, teacher, police officer, fireman, paramedic, security guard, life guard & life guard station or someone who wheres a uniform at a store, a mall or an amusement park or find a mom with kids.  The main thing is to be loud & to attract attention, get help & stay in a place with lot’s of people.  Never allow yourself to go with anyone.  Sometimes getting away is not an option.  If this is the case wrap your arms & clasp your hands together around a bicycle, street sign, park bench or some object to make it difficult for someone to pick you up.  All the while shout the right words & attract help by being loud.  A stranger may give up & leave if you are a difficult target.   Also if a grown up, teenager or peer who is not a stranger but someone we & our family knows & trusts is making us feel uncomfortable through touching us also set a verbal boundary. Be loud & clear yelling “STOP!” or “NO!” then leave & tell a grown up right away.  You might tell your parents or a teacher at school.  If the grown up who you tell doesn’t do anything about it, tell someone else & keep telling someone until you get the help you need.

Turn Fear Into Power

When we become scared or nervous we experience the effects of adrenaline.  Adrenaline is something natural our body produces when under stress which can make us stronger or run faster to get away from danger.  It can also cause us to “Tense Up” or “Freeze Up” at a time we don’t want to.  It can produce effects like “Tunnel Vision” which is when we become fixated visionally on something while under stress staring at a fist, a finger pointing at us or a weapon.  “Auditory Exclusion” is when we “Block Out” all sounds like instructions.  We keep control by remembering to breathe.  Breathe in & out.  This helps us to remain calm & make good decisions.  When we shout we naturally breathe out & it forces us to breathe back in & is another great way to break “The Freeze Response”.

Whenever we set a verbal boundary be sure to breathe & keep a safety distance.  Don’t let anyone inside your “Bubble”.  “The Bubble” is the safety distance to keep away from a Bully or Stranger.  If we are to close they could reach us to do harm.  For bullies keep back at least three arm lengths away & for strangers at least ten.  Extend your arm out in front of you & imagine counting these arm lengths from an object in the room or practice stepping back from an object in the room so you know how far away to stay back.  Never let anyone inside your bubble you don’t want to be there.

Red Alert

Red Alert are the physical self-defense techniques of the martial arts & are used only as a last resort.  If we do Yellow Alert & Orange Alert correctly we may never have to get to Red Alert.  Preventing something dangerous from happening is always better than dealing with it after something bad occurs.  That being said never let anyone harm your body.  Always use as much force as necessary to protect yourself or to get away but don’t go beyond that, this is called Justifiable Force.  For instance if a bully calls you a name & you push him that is not justified because you are using more force than is needed to protect yourself.  Perhaps it would be better to leave & tell a teacher.  However if a stranger tries to take you away you can use the techniques of the martial arts to defend yourself against the stranger.  When it comes to strangers & grown ups hurting children or anytime you fear for your life in this case there are no rules in self defense.  You do what is necessary to protect yourself.

 “Children Protect Themselves with their Knowledge.”  This is why as a part of our Martial Arts Education at TheDOJO Sensei Dan Rominski teaches through our Intelligent Curriculum The Three Colors of Awareness.  For more information regarding this & other self-defense concepts please contact Sensei Dan Rominski.

Thank you.


Sensei Dan Rominski


52 Park Avenue

Rutherford NJ 07070 USA

Phone (201) 933-3050

Email SenseiDan@TheDOJO.org

Website www.TheDOJO.org


Written by Dan Rominski

Content complied from

Dan Rominski

Tom Callos

Tom Patire

Bill Kipp

Good start good finish.

The Law of cause & effect simply states that we are where we are because we have done what we have done.  For instance when we pick up one end of the stick we pick up the other.  For every action there is a natural consequence & behind every action is our freedom to choose.  Good choices lead to good consequences & bad choices lead to bad consequences.  Today my practice is to exercise my freedom to choose.  To put into practice taking action on the things which are most important & putting down the things which matter least.  At sunrise a run,  after that reading inspiring literature & so the day continues taking action on my highest priorities.  At the end of the day these good choices will inevitably lead to good consequences physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually & I can rest myself in peace. Character strength takes responsibility that nothing else & no one else is to blame where we end up.  Sure some days I blow it but today is today.  


2013 Hit The Ground Running...

It’s 2013, Let’s hit the ground running…

When is your black belt test?  Students who have studied the martial arts with me for some time know that the answer to this question is…TODAY!

HOW 2013 at TheDOJO will change your life
Typically one would think that their black belt test would be years from now, sometime in the distant future. Think about it though, what we choose to do today makes us who we are tomorrow. 

We Make It Happen
How we focus, discipline ourselves & overcome adversity will set us up for failure or success.  How we interact with others in relationships, How we forgive, How we listen with empathy, How we be the change we wish to see in the world is all a part of our test, today.  For instance what if for your black belt test (which is today right?) I looked on the floor of your car, garbage can at work or school back pack?  Would I find junk food & fast food wrappers or tofu & an apple?  What if for your black belt test I brought your parents, school teacher or spouse onto the training floor and asked, “So how is this candidate’s empathy, behavior & attitude?”  What would their response be?  The real question is what would you want their response to be then let’s begin right now with that end in mind today, and start working towards that goal.  When it come to our future we can either let it happen or make it happen.

Black Belts Evolve as Human Beings
So a black belt test shouldn’t be a 2.5 hour event years from now it should be a way of life & what we do right now, today, that will either bring us closer to our goal or further away.  Right now it’s how we think, forgive, respect, eat, exercise & persevere.  It’s how we evolve as a human being beyond just punches & kicks.  It’s showing up for your test years from now in the best shape of your life because of the smart choices you made at every snack & meal…TODAY! 

Short Term Pain for Long Term Gain
If you want instant gratification download an app but if you want sustainable life changes in a very positive direction it takes commitment, patience & time.  It’s how we fall down seven times but get up eight times.  It’s doing what is necessary & difficult not just what’s fun & easy.  We don’t just learn it in class we live it.  We take these black belt qualities of focus discipline confidence & grit out of TheDOJO & Into the world.

We Take Consistent Action
It’s time to hit the ground running & with a new year comes new opportunities.  That’s my role as sensei is to lead & inspire.  When the student is ready the teacher appears.  To achieve goals you never achieved before you have to do things you have never done before, easy to say hard to do but that is what makes us black belts, we “welcome the task that makes us go beyond ourselves. 

TheDOJO is re-open see you in class, let’s hit the ground running! 

Not Yet a Member?  Get involved Today Contact me 201-933-3050 or email SenseiDan@TheDOJO.org

Environmental Self-Defense

Students of TheDOJO & the community collected over 200,000 plastic bottle caps & created a Butterfly Mural designed by Artist Kim Christian. The collection of the bottle caps was initiated by Black Belt of TheDOJO Christopher Mack who studied marine biology. The Mural towers at 8 feet high & is 12 feet long. This act of environmental self defense brings awareness to our consumption of plastics & to reduce our use of them. Sensei Dan Rominski Chief Instructor at TheDOJO has made TheGREEN Project a part of one’s study towards earning their Black Belt. His wife Kim Christian has brought brought Art into the curriculum to teach this worthwhile lesson.

There are just some things you want to teach children, how to defend themselves is one of them. The focus, confidence, fitness & stick-to-it-ness speaks for itself in this video. When I see them learning to fight this tough I see them fighting not just a would-be-opponent but against developing diabetes from a sedentary lifestyle. I see them stepping way out of their comfort zone fighting against mediocrity. They learn to think for themselves confidently & independently which can protect them from peer pressure commercial marketing such as fast food or the pressure for girls to “be thin”. They learn Peace Education, Anger Management & Non-Violent Conflict-Resolution. This is TheDOJO with Sensei Dan Rominski & our atypical members. The weak hearted need not apply however you don’t need talent to enroll only the willingness to evolve & be challenged without giving up.

It’s really not that hard to exercise if you make it fun & enjoy your time with other people who share your goals.  The Physical self defense skills are a bonus the real self defense is the fitness.  Heart disease is the number one cause of death among adults.  To be moving and sweating like this coupled with healthy eating is the more real & relevant means of self defense training here.

Saturday Morning Children’s Classes at TheDOJO.  Teach kids how not to hit but when it is time to hit teach them to hit with 100% focus & intent.  Should anyone stranger or otherwise, ever try to hurt one of these kids they will rely on their training.  Training is an investment not for now but for later.  Some days we don’t feel like going to class & getting out of the comfort zone.  Those are the days we SHOULD go to class because that is when we will learn the most!  Anyone can do it when it easy, it takes a black belt or an individual who is committed & focused on one’s goal to take action even one one “doesn’t feel like it today”.

The Power Of Action

It’s called the Monday meeting…

"We are what we repeatedly do, excellence than is not an act but a habit"  -Aristotle

Each Monday I have all of my students
line up outside the door of TheDOJO

One by one they come into my office sit down
and we evaluate their progress. We make suggestions.
We check to see if we are on course or off course for
the student to get to black belt & to achieve
the goals they (or their parents) want to achieve
through studying the martial arts with us.

Actually it works a little bit different…
you see in a perfect world that is what I would do.
Since I can’t sit down with each student each Monday morning
I grab the Attendance Cards & look.

The Attendance Card tells me a great deal.

If a student hasn’t tested in a month, year or decade,
or if their attendance is sporadic, inconsistent or is zilch

All of these things are red flags signaling something
is wrong and needs to be fixed IMMEDIATELY otherwise
it is reasonable to assume the next thing will be
frustration, lack of motivation, dropping out,
a poor performance at testing, missing testing altogether,
a feeling of failure, lack of confidence, self-doubt even shame,
all of which lead one AWAY from the goals
they set out to achieve upon enrolling at TheDOJO.

This doesn’t unleash one’s human potential, it squashes it.

"The teacher can only point the way, the student must walk the path" -Unknown

What I expect, need and ask is for each student to come to class
regularly, home practice, make up missed lessons & train at a level 10.

The simplicity of regularly doing what I mentioned above is the
very thing it takes to succeed at earning a black belt or anything else in life.

Taking regular & consistent action is certainly one of the crucial keys in attaining goals.

It has been my observation that when regular & consistent action is taken
by a student progress occurs.  One discovers what works & what doesn’t.
Momentum takes hold in a POSITIVE direction.  One feels accomplished. 
Confidence is built by making AND keeping a promise to ones self.
Focus, discipline & perseverance transcend as mere words &
are put into action, they become real when they are practiced.

"Fall down seven times get up eight times" -Zen

We are all going to mess up, when we fall it’s that getting up part
that makes a failure or a champion.  This time of year schedules get
a bit crazy or getting used to.  That’s life.  When we get off track, no blame no shame,
Just start from wherever we are at and get back to it.  Have compassion for yourself
& be in the present moment.  Don’t compare where you are now to where you were
before dropping the ball.  Become aware of how good you are doing in the present moment
rather than living in the past.  Also know what will help (or hurt) you achieving
your long term goals. 

Know the difference between what would be nice to do & what needs to be done.

"The unexamined life is not worth living" -Socrates

Evolve.  We study the martial arts to improve
ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally & spiritually.
To improve ourselves we must have an awareness of where we are at,
where we need to go & hold ourselves accountable to get there.
Whether it’s working on our eating, exercising 3 times a week, getting better grades,
it all starts with taking regular & consistent action.

If you need anything, just ask we are here to serve.

We offer
Free Make Up lessons,
Free Private Lessons,
Free Get Ahead Classes
We are committed to your progress.

Call me anytime.  (201) 933-3050

Sensei Dan Rominski

TheDOJO Removes Unhealthy Choices for the Individual and the Earth

When TheDOJO opened up at it’s current location in Rutherford NJ one of the things that was left behind in our previous location was the soda machine. This was a conscious choice towards a healthy lifestyle for all students and families. We eliminated beverages that were sugary, contained artificial ingredients, artificial colors, or high fructose corn syrup, making the switch to only bottled water. Then, we took it to the next level. In our ongoing practice of self awareness and environmental consciousness, we reduced our consumption of single use water bottles by removing our vending machine. We encourage our students and families to participate by using re-usable water bottles whenever possible. Caring for the environment IS self defense.