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TBH It's Time to Put Down the Screen and HMU in Real Life!

Posted: September 20, 2017

Do you know that your kids are probably on social media fishing for interactions with the acronyms TBH and HMU? Why should you care? Because for the first time in 24 years suicide rates passed homicide rates as the leading cause of death for teenagers.

A survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that teens who spent 10 or more hours a week on social media were 56% more likely to experience some symptoms of depression.

This generation of teens are less likely to get jobs, have a driver's license, or socialize at all in person. It's been reported that 12th graders in 2015 spent less time out of the house then 8th graders in 2009. All this time is being spent in front of screens that are making us less happy, less connected, and less...EXCELLENT!

So Many Stripes!

Posted: August 30, 2017

Have you ever seen those planes that had marks on the side for each plane they shot down? Or warriors who kept different tallies of their victories? That's how I like to think of the belt stripes we have at ATA Excellence Martial Arts. Belt stripes are a way for our students to visually see their progress toward their next belt. Each belt has a series of stripes that are required to qualify to test for the next belt.

In this article we'll lay out each of the stripes and what they are given for. These stripes fall into two categories: rank stripes and life skills stripes. All of the rank stripes are black and the life skills stripes are colored. These life skills stripes are only required for our ATA Tiger and Karate for Kid students.

I'm going to list out these stripes in the order we aim for our students to acheive them.

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