Friday, September 12, 2014

Kicking Zumba Fundraiser

We had a great time and raised a generous amount of money at our Mantone Family fundraiser last Sunday, 9/7. Both parents are battling cancer and they have 12 year old twin girls, one with special needs. Thank you to Heatherly Law and her Zumba team for making the event a success. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Day at the Beach Weapons Style with Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

We trained in Twin Brooks Park on Saturday. The sand made for a tough workout but loads of fun. This is Traditional Okinawan kobudo. And you thought my only weapon was my tongue..... Join us at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts, in Trumbull CT to start training in Karate, Kickboxing and/or Kobudo. Osu!



Sai with the guys!

Tonqua vs. Bo


Sai kata


Gedan (low) block

Nunchaku, Tonquia, Bo, and Sai

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Training every week with Lisa and Maria at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts is a joy. Maria and I tested last month. Lisa tests soon for her next black belt kyu. Osu!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Karate Girl Street Fight: Why Women Should Train

This video shows actual technique we learn in the dojo in traditional Karate - in "bunkai" or application. It's choreographed, of course, but conveys the message that Karate is about self-defense and having an arsenal of ideas to fall back on in case of emergency.  Few of us will ever be in a street fight with 5 or more attackers. But any of us can face an attack coming out of the grocery store, the mall or even in our own homes. Get your daughters into a dojo. Join yourself. I was 47 when I first put on a gi.  You don't have to be fit or thin to start - you just have to have a desire to work hard, learn and practice at your own pace and level.  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Matayoshi Okinawan Weapons at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

So fortunate to have had a weeklong seminar with Kyoshi Andrea Guarelli at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull, CT. We trained 5 and 6 hours a day and tested. Maria snd i are running away to Verona, Italy to train every day! 

Kyoshi Torri (owns Hanko Ryu), Lisa V., Jeremy A., Kyoshi Guarelli, James A., moi, Maria B.

Bo staff kata. 

Sai kata.

Watching. Absorbing.

Kama kata. 

Tonkuwa kata.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bakery On Main Granola Sandwich Cookies

Target had this great brand Bakery On Main  on sale so I snatched up every bag.  I made a chocolate chip cookie base (gluten free) and a peanut butter fudge protein cream filling. A new lunch for the girls this week. 

Recipe? Hmmm, I wing it but here is a try.

1 cup Spectrum butter flavor shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 Brown sugar
Mix until smooth
Add 2 eggs mix
Add 1 tsp vanilla
Combine 1 1/2 cup Pamela's Artisan GF baking mix, 1 cup GF granola, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt in bowl
Add to wet ingredients
Add walnuts, raisins, chips as desired
Bake 350 10-12 min based on size
I use either melon ball scoop for small cookies (8 - 9 minutes) or a Pampered Chef MEDIUM scoop for a 3" or so cookie 12 minutes.


1 cup natural peanut butter
1 melon scoop coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered.sugar
Smidgen of water as needed to spreadable consistency
Mix in mixer

Make sandwiches!