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What Kind of Martial Arts Do We Teach?

Posted: May 16, 2017

One of the common questions we get here at ATA Excellence is about what kind of martial arts we teach. In this video we go over some of the things you want to think about when asking that questions and, of course, some details on the kinds of martial arts we teach.

Do you have the proper training??

Posted: April 18, 2017

I think it’s true that almost every job in the world would be better if you didn’t have to deal with people while working! Most would agree that life would be easier if you didn’t have to deal with difficult people. Of course, that’s not going to happen. You’ll never get away from situations where you’re going to have to deal with a disgruntled customer, a professional road rager, or a screaming child.

So, what do we do about it? As a martial artist I’ve been trained in kicking and punching for 23 years now but sadly kicking people isn’t a socially acceptable way to deal with a verbal confrontation (nor is it legal)! Luckily, about 7 years ago I finally found the training I needed to deal with these kinds of situations.

It was amazing! Understanding how to deal with a verbal confrontation was the missing link in my self-defense training. This skill is sorely missing in our society today. We don’t train kids or adults on how to de-escalate confrontations. We tell them to “ignore” the problem which just doesn’t work.

Is your child a Follower, Leader, or Loner?

Posted: April 14, 2017

All people fall into one of these three categories. People are either followers who only do what others want them to do. They pick the path that is set out for them. Do the normal thing, and often don’t get to really express their own interests or desires.

Of course in today’s society it seems like we have lesson followers and more loners. These are the kids (and adults) who go to work or school and then spend all their free time alone. They spend hours on the computer watching YouTube or playing online games. They find all of their identity in their lonerness. This epidemic of loneliness is causing lots of long term problems. Most, if not all, of the recent school shooting purpetrators, came from this category.

The final category of people is leaders. Now, this doesn’t mean they are in charge of large groups or are going to be corporate big-wigs. Often a leaders is just someone who knows who they are, and how to live their life on their own terms. They have dreams and aspirations that they work to achieve. They are able to influence those around them to help improve the lives of everyone they come in contact with. This is a true leader and something we should all aim to be.

What No One Will Tell You!

Posted: January 26, 2017

I'm going to share with you something that 90% of martial arts schools out there won't and something every business consultant suggests against. I'm going to tell you how much we charge for our programs.

First, there's good reason most people won't share the cost on their website. It's because you don't understand the value of what a martial arts program has to offer without actually trying it out. If you just see the cost you say, "Man! I have to pay that for my kid to get to learn to kick things?! He knows how to do that already!"

Without first actually visiting the training location, meeting the instructors, and getting to know what the program actually provides you don't have a good idea what you're actually getting in the program you choose. So many people jump to conclusions when they hear the price of lessons. (BTW this happens with all kinds of products and services not just the martial arts.)

We Teach Grit...Do You?

Posted: January 26, 2017

Studies have shown that grit is one of the key indicators for children who will grow up and be successful. So what is grit?

Angela Duckworth is a Ph.D. in psychology and author of the book Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance and she define’s grit as, “passion and perseverance for especially long-term goals.”

When talking about her book she said, “So, the message of the book is not that grit is a good thing in particular. The message of the book is that like so many other things about us that are good, we can do something to intentionally cultivate grit in ourselves and in others that we care about.”

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