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Crying at the Karate School

In Personal Stories, Uncategorized by Don Alley

It’s happened twice in the last two weeks… Once by myself as I walked into the school, and once yesterday while I was teaching a class. Last night, I was lining up my beginner class, and this overwhelming feeling of gratitude hit me. Our students were on point. They were totally engaged. They were focused. Everyone was there to train. …

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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 …

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Everything is Difficult in the Beginning!

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

Remember these 6 words: Everything is difficult in the beginning! It’s always important to remember that as you’re learning a new skill, as you’re learning a new technique, it’s possible you’re always going to be bad at first. Maybe you’re one of those people that are super talented and can pick something up immediately. That’s awesome! I’m not one of those …

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I Confirmed Their Suspicions: Americans are CRAAAAZYY!

In After School, General, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Personal Stories, Training, Uncategorized by Don Alley

Shock. Awe. Disbelief. Who thinks that way? Who says that? The look on everyone’s face as we all sat there eating was worth the whole trip 🙂 Let me back up. Last year, I went on a vacation to Italy, but not a sightseeing trip. It was a swim vacation! Every day, 4-5 kilometers of swimming along the coastline of …

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Ballerina Bob

In Personal Stories, Training by Don Alley

Has anyone ever looked into Bob’s eyes? Like reealllly looked into his eyes? There you’ll find a sensitive guy who will do anything to make a kid smile… Like take repeated punches to the gut… or dress up like a ballerina daaays before Halloween! He’s a real team player and loved member of our martial arts family. But, he’s been …

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Turning Failure into Success

In Coaching, Confidence, Discipline, Excellence, General, Leadership, Self Defense by Don Alley

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 …

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The Attitude of Giving, Serving, and Encouraging

In Coaching, Discipline, Excellence, General, Leadership, Training by Don Alley

I love what I see happening in our schools. I not only see instructors encouraging students, but I’m also watching STUDENTS encourage students, parents encouraging parents, older students helping younger ones…it’s a beautiful thing. Let’s keep building relationships. Let’s keep growing those around us. And let’s keep serving one another. As a member of our community, in case you don’t …