Our First Black Belt Little Leader!

In Coaching, Community, Confidence, Discipline, Excellence, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Leadership, Training by Don Alley

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 any tapeline other than the purple spot 🙂

He transitioned to our Leadership Program after a year or so, trained in classes with older students, did amazing, and then transitioned to our after school program, where he has been ever since. 

I can’t tell you how many testings he failed. How many times we made him get back in front of an instructor to try again, only to be met with more feedback—and not pass. 

But he kept going. He persevered. He demonstrated EXACTLY what it means to be a black belt—a warrior, not just on the outside with techniques, but on the inside with heart, determination, and grit. 

And the culmination… when he performed at graduation on Saturday night, just before we presented him with his black belt, he was more intense and on point than we have ever seen him. 

Congratulations, Ruhaan! We are all incredibly proud of you, and can’t wait to see how much farther you progress! 

On to Mastership! 

Do you have a child 2.5—4 years old? Want to try our Little Leaders class for a month for free and find out why it’s one of our most popular classes? Click here and let’s get started!

I don’t know how long it will take your child to earn a black belt, but I can promise you—the journey of achievement will be amazing ❤️

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.