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You’re on TWO Journeys, Not Just ONE?

In Coaching, Confidence, Discipline, Excellence by Don Alley

You realize you’re on two separate journeys, right?  You start taking martial arts, and you decide to train hard, learn to defend yourself, and work towards earning your black belt. Ahhh black belt, the quest, the goal… the destination. You’ve begun your first journey.  The journey of achievement.  And it’s going to be awesome. You’re going to have to push …

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Quitting isn’t an option…

In Confidence, Discipline, Excellence by admin

He was in tears, struggling with the new curriculum we were teaching him. Everything about his demeanor was shouting defeat.  This wasn’t like him. He would normally rise to the challenge, work hard and figure it out. But this day… it was getting to him.  I had a chat with his mom after class, explained what I saw, let her …

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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 …

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Do You or Your Child Fall Into These Categories?

In Community, Confidence, Discipline, Excellence by Don Alley

I love what martial arts training does for people. The bottom line is…martial arts, taught well, can be life altering. Martial arts training can transform a shy little girl into a confident, self-assured young lady. Martial arts training can help a wild, ADHD diagnosed little boy channel his energy into becoming a focused, enthusiastic young man. Martial arts training can …

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Discouraged About Your Progress? Read This [90-second read]

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

Ever had a week that was busy, crazy, you were hustling and pumping, and you knew that you were moving the ball forward… but when you stopped and looked back, you couldn’t figure out what you ACTUALLY accomplished? Welcome to every human, EVER, right?! Sometimes, this is also how it feels with our martial arts training. We come to class, …

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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 …