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When Coaching Your Kids, Understand The 3 Ways They Learn

👇 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 …

“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 …

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 …

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Quitting isn’t an option…

He was in tears, struggling with the new curriculum we were teaching him. Everything about his demeanor was shouting defeat.  This wasn’t like him. He would normally rise to the challenge, work hard and figure it out. But this day… it was getting to him.  I had a chat with his mom after class, explained what I saw, let her …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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Turning Failure into Success

This week in our classes… We have been teaching our students an important life skill–“failure.” I love talking about this. I like teaching our students that it’s okay to fail, and as a matter of fact, it’s GOOD to fail. How often does that message get communicated to our kids? How often does that message get communicated to US? It’s …