Let me be clear, I believe martial arts is an amazing activity that can help students gain confidence, discipline, and respect...but it's not a magic bullet. Helping a child learn these skills is a partnership. For students to internalize the lessons we teach they need to be reinforced at home as well.
Can you imagine if you went to a personal trainer who kicked your butt two hours a week and then went home and ate nothing but donuts and french fries the rest of the time? It's obviously not the personal trainer's fault you're not losing weight. It's the lifestyle outside of the gym that's causing the issue. Our instructors are like personal trainers. We're going to give you the tools but you have to help reinforce the skills at home.
I can't tell you the number of times I've seen a student show respect and confidence in class and then immediately start to act out after class and never get reprimanded by a parent. As instructors we do our very best to instill the life lessons we teach every time a student is in class but that gives us only a few hours of influence on a student a week. To really make the training stick parents and family members need to continue to carry on the Pillars of Excellence at home.
How to Be a Worker of Excellence
Posted: October 11, 2017
This past weekend I was working at our communities big festival. This festival features tons of food booths put together by local community groups and non-profits to help raise funds. It's an amazing event and a lot of fun.
Each year I get the opportunity to supervise a few of the shifts put together at our church's booth. Usually at least one of these shifts is manned by a lot of middle and high schoolers. Over the years I've observed a lot of kids and they usually fit into one of two categories.
The first group is the "teach me" group. These kids are ready to learn how to do a job and want to be involved. They look for things to do and opportunities to be useful. These individuals not only thrive at a job they are given they seek out other ways to be useful.
Our Manifesto - Warriors of Excellence
Posted: September 27, 2017
We recently wrote and published our Manifesto. This is a statement about who we are and what we're striving to become at ATA Excellence Martial Arts. It's our rallying cry and we hope you'll join us in making it yours.
"We're strivers, fighters, Warriors of Excellence!
We never give up.
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.