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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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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 …

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Ballerina Bob

In Personal Stories, Training by Don Alley

Has anyone ever looked into Bob’s eyes? Like reealllly looked into his eyes? There you’ll find a sensitive guy who will do anything to make a kid smile… Like take repeated punches to the gut… or dress up like a ballerina daaays before Halloween! He’s a real team player and loved member of our martial arts family. But, he’s been …

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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 …