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Practice Tip For A Jump-Back Fist–Reverse Punch

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Hello everybody! So, the jump-back fist- reverse punch. I’m noticing some of my students have the hang of it and some are struggling with when to throw and land. Here’s a quick tip for those who want to improve on this combination. Skip! Try practicing the jump-back fist- reverse punch by incorporating a little skip into it. You can come …

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Listen To The Sound Of Your Uniform – Part 1

In After School, Coaching, Confidence, Discipline, Excellence, General, How To, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Leadership, Personal Stories, Training, Uncategorized, Universal Technique by Don Alley

Listen To The Sound Of Your Uniform Can you hear it? Students, one of the things I want you to do when you are practicing your forms is to listen to the sound of them. I was just testing a student on their universals one through nine and their techniques were really strong, really good! However, I couldn’t hear their uniform! …

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Stretching For Speed

In Coaching, Discipline, Excellence, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Leadership, Personal Stories by Don Alley

Hey everyone! I want to share another quick training tip with you, today. I want to share the importance of stretching! Stretching is a key element to becoming faster as a  martial artist.  The more flexible you are, the faster you’ll be able to move. And obviously, the least likely you’ll be to actually injure yourself. But if you want to …

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Use An Event To Improve Faster

In Coaching, Discipline, Excellence, General, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Leadership, Personal Stories, Uncategorized by Don Alley

Use An Event To Improve Faster Hey, what’s up, everybody?! Welcome to Master Alley’s Training Tips – episode number one! The training tip for today is: Use an event to improve, faster! You’re already making sure that you’re coming to class and that you’re training. You may be working towards your yellow belt, your orange belt, eventually your black belt, right? Some …

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Ways To Practice Martial Arts At Home

In Coaching, Discipline, General, Kids Martial Arts Classes by Don Alley

3 Ways To Practice Martial Arts At Home, especially if you’re a beginner… Earlier this week, a parent reached out to me- “Master Alley, my child isn’t practicing at home.” My response was, she probably doesn’t really know how to practice. Honestly, as a beginner, when you’re first starting out, all you’re learning are very basic movements, one move at …

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Incorporating Black Belt Respect At School And At Home

In Coaching, Discipline, Excellence, General, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Leadership by Don Alley

Hello everyone! Earlier this week Mrs. Garcia talked about some ways to work with our children on being respectful, courteous and kind at home and at school. I wanted to share it with you. Here is what she had to say: “Hi guys, this is Mrs. Garcia with Super Kicks Karate in Leesburg! I hope everyone’s having a wonderful 2018! I …

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9 Reasons We Are Martial Arts Instructors

In Coaching, Confidence, Discipline, Excellence, General, Leadership, Nutrition, Personal Stories, Training, Uncategorized by Don Alley

It’s the beginning of a new month and I am reminding my staff why we love being martial artists. Yesterday, I held a team meeting and gave my team nine different reasons they are martial artists, just to remind us why we do what we do. Number 1- We get to share our passion. I love martial arts! All of …

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Excellent vs Excellence

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This week our leadership life skill is understanding the difference between excellent and excellence. Hello, everybody! Years ago, I can remember going into a school and teaching a gymnasium worth of students. One of the questions I asked was, “What does it mean to have excellence?” Invariably, students raised their hand. They were saying things like, “The best, great, perfect.” …