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Wisdom Keepers ~

Sharing wisdom through the art of storytelling

When I was a young man, I remember it was common to sit around an elder, a group of people, and even peers and listen to their stories, experiences and life lessons. In my childhood this would happen in my mother’s beauty shop, fishing with my uncle and during summers with tribal elders around a fire with lots of drumming. With so many other ways now to communicate, the tradition of verbal story telling has lost its power.

I still believe this is a very useful and empowering form of communication and knowledge sharing—so every month I am going to ask a few students to share their story.  You are more than welcome to come and join this powerful communication practice of live Storytelling.  

If you missed a Storyteller live,  video links are below.

~André Salvage

Join us for our next Storytelling events:

Monday, July 15, 7:30 pm - Insights on Intuition

As a visual effects artist and one who races motorcycles, Master Branko Grujcic has to rely heavily on his intuition. On July 15, Master Branko will share his insights into the power of intuition and “some of his thoughts that he would like to pass along.”

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Saturday, July 20, 11:30 am - Frame By Frame: Bringing Cruelty Into the Open  

Cruelty is a reality many would like to pretend doesn't exist.  Green Belt Mychel McGoy has courageously studied the how, why and even the when of cruelty in his film-making and forensic videography.  Mychel will share some of his awarenesses and insights into this uncomfortable but necessary subject.

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Previous Storytelling events:

June 22, 2019  Sharing your message: HarmonyA film by Blake Carlile

Blake Carlile is a high school student and an aspiring film producer who screened his award-winning short documentary “Harmony-A Point Reyes Documentary” for us and discussed its message and how expressing it brought him a new sense of drive and motivation.

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June 17, 2019:  Searching for Relief: Exploring Strategies for Healing from Depression

Chances are good you or some you know will experience a form of depression at some stage in life. For many, depression constitutes a personal failing—a weakness brought on by hypersensitivity that should be managed or corrected with self-improvement regimes and willpower.

The truth is depression is a medical condition.

Master Bevin Deiters powerfully shared her journey on how she sought treatment and eventually developed strategies for coping and ultimately thriving. She discussed the different approaches she has taken to wrestle with a condition that, at times, can be very debilitating.

May 20, 2019:  The Path to Becoming Non-Judgmental

Video Katie Sasso

The ability to not make judgments about a person, place or situation is not an easy thing to let go of. When we were younger, judgments helped us to make sense of a sometimes confusing and scary world. However, the habit of judging can be detrimental in your adult life.

Katie Sasso, a 7th-degree black belt,  talked with us about her lessons and journey through the arduous path to non-judgment and shared anecdotes about what to do when those feelings arise.

May 6, 2019:  The Evolution of Trauma—Death and Rebirth

One of the fallacies about moving through past trauma is that once you have processed it, the trauma goes away.  Trauma evolves, changes and morphs into positive attributes. These traumas can come up again, and although you can feel like you are re-experiencing a deep loss, it is not punishment.  While these moments may feel like unresolved traumas, they are often an opportunity to learn deeper and lasting lessons.

2nd degree Black Belt Ivan  shared his wisdom about the wins and challenges of being in the constant evolution of Trauma, Death, Living and being Reborn. 

April 29, 2019: Your Path to Creativity

We all desire to tap into our creativity. For some, like Kamau Montague,—one of our Green Belts—

Video Kamau Montague

having the courage to create has helped him have more confidence in life, tap into his intuition, diversify his life’s path, and strengthen his sense of self. 

“I think it’s important that everyone finds something that helps them be creative in life.”  Watch this extraordinary young man share his path of overcoming his sensitivities and finding the courage to tap into his creativity.

March 23, 2019: Staying Grounded as a Teenager

Video Dorian Wiederholt KassarThe world has a lot of ideas about who you should be—especially as a teenager.

Dorian Wiederholt Kassar has always thought about big philosophical ideas—but it was all theoretical; it just confused him. At fifteen, he asked a family friend to find him a therapist— “Someone weird. Really weird. Who won’t try to turn me into a conformist robot.” A week after his first session, Dorian started Kung Fu.

Dorian shared how he learned not to conform to or rebel against the world’s ideas but to instead discern what works for him.

If you are, know or have a teen who is struggling with identity, conforming or rebelling, it will be beneficial to view the video of this illuminating lecture and discussion.   

Video Ken Yee

March 18, 2019:  Managing Chaos

Black belt Ken Yee spoke about some of the principles he has learned to work with situations that appear unpredictable, rapidly-changing, and “out-of-control.” Being able to do this in your life as well as in Kung Fu is a very powerful skill.  View the video of this valuable lesson.

     Feb. 23, 2019: The Girls' Locker Room      Video Kathleen Buckstaff

Like a veteran who collapses when his own son registers for the draft,  Kathleen Buckstaff experienced PTSD when her daughter reached the same age she was when she experienced sexual abuse at a New England prep school.

Watch this powerful video of Kathleen sharing some of the things she has learned on her journey around sex, love and healing. Many of us have experienced past and present trauma around power and abuse. The wisdom this courageous story and message can offer will help everyone, especially young adults.  

About the storyteller:

A Yellow Belt in Kung Fu San Soo, Kathleen is an award-winning author, columnist and artist. Her latest book is 

Get Savvy: Letters to a Teenage Girl about Sex and Love.

Feb. 11, 2019:  The Creative Power of Intention and Living an Authentic Life

Video Master Wayne Dahler

There is an ancient formula for receiving and attaining what you want. The key to maintaining what you receive is being and living authentically.  Master Wayne Dahler  shared his experiences with this process from intention to manifestation and discussed the importance of living an authentic life to sustain it. 

It’s not about the acquisition of stuff; it’s the gratitude, worth and love of what you had, have and will have.  View the video of this compelling wisdom keeper event. 

January 26, 2019: Rape Prevention — Healing the Family Legacy of Rape

Master Barbara Koehler’s grandmother was raped at 18 years of age and this violent act meant deep shame, stigma and secrecy. Somehow, she survived, got married and had Barbara’s mother. But the legacy of shame, powerlessness, and guilt stayed with her family and has been passed down and manifested in a variety of ways that we can label as both healthy and unhealthy. 

“Kung Fu means so much more than just defending myself.”

Master Koehler will share how the history of her Grandmother’s rape has affected the women in her family and how this art and her life’s journey have and continue to reframe the historic story of past trauma.  

January 14, 2019: BOBBY-D CHILD - Changing the labels

Video Master Dave Williams

 Master David Williams was a “Bobby-D Child,” which is a term for someone who was brought up in the foster care system. The negative labels, judgments and biases that are imposed on these children affect their lives in a variety of unhealthy ways.  

Master Dave shared his unique story of the effects of being a “Bobby-D Child” and anecdotes about how he learned to survive and thrive.  Click on the image to listen to this wisdom keeper’s story and learn life lessons that can apply to everyone and to every aspect of your life. 

About the storyteller:

Master Dave is an entrepreneur and owner of SuperDaveDog where he specializes in  walking, sitting and training for dogs and cats—“it’s all about the cats and dogs.” A true dog and animal whisperer, Dave lives in the city with his wife Kirstin and his two sons.

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