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It’s Good to Struggle

In Coaching, Excellence, Kids Martial Arts Classes by Don Alley

I like seeing you struggle. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? 🙂 But I like it! I like seeing you struggle with that new kick. With that new grab technique . With that spinning hook kick where you jump off of your front foot and spin forward and land your foot, all while trying to hit the center of the target. I …

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Use the Cranking Motion to Get More Power

In Coaching, General by Don Alley

This past week at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn, our beginner students were practicing different open hand strikes. We worked on the axe chop, the straight chop, and the cross chop. The cross chop is an easy technique to learn, and it is a great one to use to teach the cranking motion.  What is the cranking motion?  It’s as …

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10 Steps to Helping Your Child Get Better Grades in School

In Coaching by Don Alley

There may only be one quarter left in the school year, but it’s never too late to help your child if they are struggling.  Here are ten steps to help your child succeed in school this year. 1. Develop a schedule. Many families today are incredibly busy. In the rush to meet all the demands upon each family member from …