When Coaching Your Kids, Understand The 3 Ways They Learn

When Coaching Your Kids

👇 Actual Conversation 👇 “Don’t step back, step forward. Try again. The foot you just used, step forward. No no, the other foot. Step forward. No sir, step forward. That’s backwards, step forward. You just changed your guard completely. Please change your guard back. Perfect. Now, bring your knee and elbow together, and step forward. Watch me. Like this. Slap … Read More

Set Your Intention

Set Your Intention

One of the best ways to have an amazing class is to decide beforehand, exactly HOW it will be an amazing session.  Every time you are about to take a lesson, whether it’s online with our video classes or in person, DECIDE. Decide what your intention will be.  At the end of this class, will you be: More flexible? Stronger? … Read More

“Because You’re Fat & Out of Shape.”

“How dare you say that to me!! Fat?! Out of shape?! If I wasn’t eleven years old I would—“  That was all in my head. I was outraged. And I was hurt.  There was a young and inexperienced instructor teaching the karate class, and he saw me struggling on a technique. He came over to help, and in frustration, I … Read More

You’re on TWO Journeys, Not Just ONE?

You realize you’re on two separate journeys, right?  You start taking martial arts, and you decide to train hard, learn to defend yourself, and work towards earning your black belt. Ahhh black belt, the quest, the goal… the destination. You’ve begun your first journey.  The journey of achievement.  And it’s going to be awesome. You’re going to have to push … Read More

Our First Black Belt Little Leader!

I am proud to announce that this past weekend, we graduated a student to black belt that started with us in our LITTLE LEADERS program when he was 3 years old!  I remember watching his first few classes… He wouldn’t get on the practice floor. He held onto dad’s leg for dear life. When he finally got comfortable, he refused … Read More

When It’s Tough, We Get Tougher ❤️

“Thank you sir, may I have some more, please?!” “It hurts goooood!” These are some of the fun phrases we shout in class as students are working hard stretching, training, and practicing martial arts. It’s important to me that we teach our students that achieving anything great is going to be tough. You want to be a black belt? You … 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

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

9 Leadership Life Skills Our Kids Need to Learn!

Taught by the right instructor, martial arts classes can be SO much more than just kicking and punching and self defense. My instructor changed my life with these lessons, and I strive to do the same for my students. Here are 9 LIFE SKILLS that we teach in our classes on a weekly basis: Hurry up and fail! Often, the people … Read More

Give it to the Scariest Student

Scary students. That’s what I want. Mean. Intense. Kind. Compassionate. Monsters. Yes… yes, I do. And the red stripe this week went to… the scariest student! In every class, we finish by recognizing one student with a red stripe on their belt, the “attitude of the day” stripe. We present it to someone that we feel made the most progress … Read More