Do You or Your Child Fall Into These Categories?

I love what martial arts training does for people. The bottom line is…martial arts, taught well, can be life altering. Martial arts training can transform a shy little girl into a confident, self-assured young lady. Martial arts training can help a wild, ADHD diagnosed little boy channel his energy into becoming a focused, enthusiastic young man. Martial arts training can … Read More

Beautiful Song, Horrible Life Coaching

I just listened to the song “ Que Sera, Sera .” I have heard it my entire life… but only JUST paid attention to the lyrics. It’s a beautiful song by Doris Day, and the people she is singing about are asking about the future, and her blanket answer is: Whatever will be, will be.   Whaaaaaaat?!! I’d like to … Read More

Stop & Bow… at Starbucks??

We are the products of our habits, whether good or bad. It’s been said that we are what we repeatedly do. Which is why we regularly walk into Starbucks and BOW AT THE DOOR! Every time we enter the karate school, we teach our students to bow in as a sign of respect. The karate school is an oasis, a … Read More

I’m the Worst. And It’s the Best!

One of my favorite things to do to my dad and son, is, well… to scare them. Back in 2016, I knew my dad had less than a year left to live, so I moved him up to Ashburn to be closer to me. It was an amazing year, full of wonderful memories… memories that helped heal the past, bridge … Read More

Sorry, I Can’t Teach You

Several years ago, my son Judah decided he had an interest in playing the violin. “Hey Dad, can you teach me how to play? I’d love to learn!” I started playing the violin in the 2nd grade, and have played ever since, so it was only natural that he would ask me. I’ve taken breaks during my life of course, … Read More

Community is Everything

Recently, families and friends from Super Kicks Karate participated in the Loco ride, a 26, 50, or 70-mile bike ride through western Loudoun. It was such a bittersweet day. I loved getting to ride with some of our students on the bike trail, creating new memories with friends. Congrats to those who rode with us ❤️ And it was also … Read More

Discouraged About Your Progress? Read This [90-second read]

Ever had a week that was busy, crazy, you were hustling and pumping, and you knew that you were moving the ball forward… but when you stopped and looked back, you couldn’t figure out what you ACTUALLY accomplished? Welcome to every human, EVER, right?! Sometimes, this is also how it feels with our martial arts training. We come to class, … Read More

What, You Don’t Struggle Getting to the Gym?

Every so often, I hear this from a parent: “Master Alley, he loves it when he’s here, but sometimes it’s a struggle actually GETTING him here? What do I do?” You bring him to class. “But I don’t want to force him.” Bring him to class. Sometimes, we need a push, don’t we? No one is motivated 100% of the … Read More

Protein from Beans, Nuts and… CRICKETS?!

Any time someone finds out that I eat a plant-based diet, the immediate question always comes up: Where do you get your protein? Where do you think, people?!? Crickets! They are a quick snack, you grab them on the go, and you find them just like you find chips in the couch! YUM!! Everyone knows the answer (beans, legumes, hummus, … Read More