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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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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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9 Reasons We Are Martial Arts Instructors

In Coaching, Confidence, Discipline, Excellence, General, Leadership, Nutrition, Personal Stories, Training, Uncategorized by Don Alley

It’s the beginning of a new month and I am reminding my staff why we love being martial artists. Yesterday, I held a team meeting and gave my team nine different reasons they are martial artists, just to remind us why we do what we do. Number 1- We get to share our passion. I love martial arts! All of …