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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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So, what’s YOUR story gonna be?

In Community, Discipline by Don Alley

So there I was head in my hands, crying like a baby in the middle of the afternoon, completely devastated by what was happening around me. And this wasn’t just once… this was an everyday occurrence. But I didn’t quit. I didn’t stop. I wiped my tears, cleaned my face, and got back on the martial arts floor, and kept …

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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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When It’s Tough, We Get Tougher ❤️

In Coaching, Discipline, Excellence by Don Alley

“Thank you sir, may I have some more, please?!” “It hurts goooood!” These are some of the fun phrases we shout in class as students are working hard stretching, training, and practicing martial arts. It’s important to me that we teach our students that achieving anything great is going to be tough. You want to be a black belt? You …

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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 …