Give it to the Scariest Student

In Coaching, Discipline, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Training, Uncategorized by Don Alley

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 or had the most intensity, was the most focused or was the most impressive… with their ATTITUDE!

Students crave recognition and affirmation, and this is one of many ways we do that in our classes.

This week, in our advanced classes, we were practicing our Krav Maga self-defense techniques. Three different ones, against someone choking you with both hands from the front, the side, or the back.

So, when you perform martial arts, it has to be mean, right? It has to be intense. Especially when practicing grab techniques.

And this week I had students who were, well… scary! And it was AWESOME!!

Their intensity was SO high! The look on their faces was EXACTLY what I wanted!

I like to tell our students…

As martial artists when we go through life, we are kind and we are compassionate. We help people. We are good citizens and we set goals and we achieve them. That’s what we do and who we are.

But the moment someone EEEEEVER attacks us, we change. We turn into a beast. We learn to turn our fear into aggression, and we protect ourselves. We stand up for ourselves. And through proper training, we go home safely.

And the only way to make that happen is to practice with the facial expressions, the power, and the intensity that you would actually have in real life.

So this week, I awarded the red stripe to the students who were crazy intense. Eyebrows raised! Nose squinched! Teeth showing!!

And mostly, I gave it to girls. It was awesome.

How about you? Do you want kind, compassionate, goal-oriented, hard-working kids who have the ability to turn on their intensity and stand up for themselves and others?

Then take advantage of our 4 week trial, and get started with us. I promise you’ll love it.

And you’ll love the facial expressions we ask them to make too 🙂


Don Alley
Don Alley is the owner and chief instructor at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn and Leesburg, and has been training in the martial arts for 28 years. He is currently a 6th degree black belt, and has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to teaching children and families martial arts. He is also the owner of Center Stage Preschool, a Montessori-based, performing arts preschool; and co-founder of Testudo Addiction Recovery, a non-profit organization serving families in the Northern Virginia area.