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Posted: March 13, 2019

Building ‘Yes I Can’ Confidence 


As children, we have big dreams about doing and becoming anything our heart desires.  I mean, who hasn’t thought about going to the moon or becoming a Ninja Turtle?!  The older we get, however, the more reality sets in.  It’s not that you can’t do everything you dreamed of.  But it’s certain that there are steps you have to take in order to achieve those goals and often times, the road to get there is paved with some pretty insurmountable obstacles.   


Posted: February 20, 2019


Enrolling your child in a martial arts program is just the first step in achieving the outcomes you want for them. Just like signing up for a gym isn't going to make you the next great swimsuit model or Mr. Universe, a martial arts membership isn't going to make your child more disciplined, confident, and focused without putting in the work.

So how should you as a parent communicate the importance of your child's training to them? Well, let's first remember that communication take all different forms. Kids and adults are both guilty of their words saying one thing, but their actions communicating something completely different. So we need to make sure our actions and words match when we are communicating the importance of training to our children.

DISCIPLINE YOURSELF: The Secret to Getting What You Want

Posted: January 30, 2019

The Secret to Getting What You Want

Let’s be honest.  When you hear the word “discipline,” chances are you don’t get all warm and fuzzy inside.  In ATA, we say it means “to obey what is right.”  A dictionary definition uses terms such as “proper behavior.”   When you refer to discipline, you don’t usually hear “eat all the ice cream you want” or “skip class to get caught up on Netflix.” 

Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick: 5 Top Tips From The Experts

Posted: January 27, 2019

“New Year, New Me!” It’s a slogan that has become so familiar that it’s almost a cliche this time of year, with a torrent of jokes and memes on social media to drive the point home. Most people fail to keep their resolutions, often giving up completely by the time Summer rolls around. As many as 88% of resolutioners are said to abandon the change they sought in January, with as many as 43% lasting less than one month! 

Still, science tells us that the new year is a great time to make positive changes in our lives because we are able to dissociate ourselves from our previous habits and better envision ourselves with new patterns and new beginnings. There is a reason why the new year has been a time of goal-setting and vision-casting ever since the ancient Babylonians, thousands of years ago. And with the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions involving health and fitness, it’s never a better time than NOW to find expert tips for success! 

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents, Pt. 2: Night of Halloween

Posted: December 27, 2018

Halloween night is supposed to be filled with scares – but only scares of the pretend variety. Unfortunately, Halloween night poses a few unique risks for kids of any age. Here’s a complete checklist for keeping your little monsters safe while they’re out trick or treating.

Safety in Numbers

Children 12 and under should be accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult. When out trick or treating, accompany younger children to the door. Also, never let children enter the home or car of any stranger. Kids 13 and older are usually mature enough to trick or treat with a group of their friends. However, you want to make sure they only trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods. Be sure those communities and areas are well-lit with sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly features.

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