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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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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 …

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4 Reasons Students Join Our Instructor Program

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

4 Reasons Students Join Our Instructor Program For some of our martial arts students in Ashburn and Leesburg, VA, learning karate and being able to defend themselves isn’t enough. They want more. They want to start giving back to others around them. These students want to become instructors. When we sense this in our students, we usually invite them to …

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Listen To The Sound Of Your Uniform – Part 1

In After School, Coaching, Confidence, Discipline, Excellence, General, How To, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Leadership, Personal Stories, Training, Uncategorized, Universal Technique by Don Alley

Listen To The Sound Of Your Uniform Can you hear it? Students, one of the things I want you to do when you are practicing your forms is to listen to the sound of them. I was just testing a student on their universals one through nine and their techniques were really strong, really good! However, I couldn’t hear their uniform! …

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Stretching For Speed

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

Hey everyone! I want to share another quick training tip with you, today. I want to share the importance of stretching! Stretching is a key element to becoming faster as a  martial artist.  The more flexible you are, the faster you’ll be able to move. And obviously, the least likely you’ll be to actually injure yourself. But if you want to …