Stress Forces Growth

Published: May 20, 2024

Stress, when managed properly, can indeed play a constructive role in sports, fostering growth and improvement in athletes. This concept, often referred to as EUSTRESS (positive stress), contrasts with DISTRESS (negative stress), and is critical in various aspects of athletic development. Here’s how constructive stress can contribute to growth in sports: 1. **Enhanced Performance** 2….

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Categories: ATA, Health

Absolutely do NOT QUIT! Pushing through challenges is an essential skill for personal growth and success.  Do this instead: 1. **Set Clear Goals**: Have you set a Goal to be a BLACK BELT? A goal to be a competitor and CHAMPION? A goal to be an INSTRUCTOR? Goals give you a measurable and trackable Target! 2. **Stay Positive**: Maintain a…

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Categories: Health

Absolutely!  Summer training programs can be incredibly beneficial for combating boredom. They offer a structured environment where you can learn new skills, explore your interests, and engage in activities that stimulate your mind and body. Whether it’s a Summer Karate Program, an art workshop, a coding bootcamp, or a language immersion program, there are countless options…

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Categories: ATA, Health, Karate

KRAV MAGA Class “Field Trip”!

Published: April 8, 2024

Remember how excited you were as a kid when you got to go on a Field Trip?! Mr von Phul arranged for a few students [who were wanting to learn] to get some Range Time. Self-Defense includes many skills. And many tools. Instead of being untrained and afraid, our students learned and got confident.

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Categories: ATA, Krav Maga, Uncategorized

Absolutely! Summer camps offer a wonderful opportunity for children and teenagers to engage in a variety of activities that promote both fun and skill development. Whether it’s traditional outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and campfires, or more specialized programs like MARTIAL ARTS camps, Theater camps, or STEM-focused camps, there’s something for everyone. Here are some…

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Categories: Health, Karate, Kung Fu

Don’t Skip Taekwondo Graduations!

Published: March 11, 2024

Absolutely, participating in graduation ceremonies holds significant value beyond just receiving a belt or degree. Here are several reasons why you shouldn’t skip graduation ceremonies: 1. **Celebrating Achievement**: Graduation ceremonies mark the culmination of weeks/months/years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. It’s an opportunity to celebrate your martial arts achievements with friends, family, and peers….

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Categories: Health, Karate

Rank Testing makes us “Prove It”

Published: February 26, 2024

Martial arts rank testing, commonly associated with the awarding of belts, serves several important purposes within martial arts disciplines. Opinions may vary within the martial arts community, but there are several reasons why rank testing is considered necessary: 1. **Skill Assessment**: Rank testing provides a structured method for assessing a practitioner’s skills and knowledge. It allows…

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Categories: ATA, Getting Started


Published: February 12, 2024

Kids participating in karate competitions experience benefits: 1. **Physical Fitness**: Karate competitions require physical exertion, which helps children develop strength, flexibility, agility, and endurance. Regular practice and participation in competitions contribute to overall physical fitness and well-being. 2. **Character Building Benefits: Discipline, Focus, Self-Confidence, Goal-Setting and Achievement-> Karate training emphasizes discipline, focus, and self-control, qualities that are…

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Categories: Getting Older, Health, Karate

Bully Defense

Published: January 31, 2024

Bully Prevention? NO, Bully Defense! Bully Prevention? Nope! Bully Defense! Why do I say this? Because you and I have NO POWER to change another person. We also have no idea what is going inside another person- their thoughts, their home life, their ethics or morals -nothing! But we can do something about ourselves and help someone else…

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Getting Older

Published: January 31, 2024

I’m not as good as I once was…… Like it or not, we are all getting older. Remember being able to “put away food” and NOT getting fat or bloated. I remember being able to eat certain foods and not get extreme heartburn or other fun “Digestive Adventures”! I remember being able to bounce onto…

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