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Protein from Beans, Nuts and… CRICKETS?!

In Uncategorized by Don Alley

Any time someone finds out that I eat a plant-based diet, the immediate question always comes up: Where do you get your protein? Where do you think, people?!? Crickets! They are a quick snack, you grab them on the go, and you find them just like you find chips in the couch! YUM!! Everyone knows the answer (beans, legumes, hummus, …

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Burpees in the Boardroom

In Discipline, General, Leadership, Uncategorized by Don Alley

It’s a new month! I love beginnings. With goal setting, you can always reset or start something new at any time, but it always feels like something magical occurs on the firsts. First of the week, first of the month, first of the year… So it’s the PERFECT time to evaluate where you are with your goals! Are you on …

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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 …