MARTIAL ARTS

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Secret #6: have fun Let’s end our TIGER discussion with that first image of the class about to start.    Problems arise when the instructor gets fearful of either being able to control the kids or is overly concerned with accomplishing certain Taekwondo objectives.   They are just 4-year-olds. And Chief Master Clark gave me this very […]

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While we focus on the benefits of martial arts for kids a lot at our academy (they’re obviously a big part of what we do), you’d be amazed at how many adults have seen the benefits their kids are getting from our program and said, “What about me?  I want to try martial arts”. So […]

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QUALITIES OF A LEADER–Enthusiasm, Self Control, Ambition A few years ago, we went to Porter Elementary and conducted a “safety night” for the entire school.  We used the same material you hear in our classes about “saying no” and “safe side adults.”   After that class, more than twenty-five children came to our academy.   Alexis Campbell […]

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SECRET  #5:   CREATING VALUE Here’s a tip: go to the library and read some business books on customer service.   None of this is “rocket science.”   Most of it is just common sense, courtesy, and honesty.  Here are a few recommendations:  SWIM WITH THE SHARKS, IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE, and CUSTOMERS FOR LIFE. Here are SEVEN […]

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Secret #4: create a smooth, personalized transition to K4K Once a TIGER turns age SIX, we watch him closely, looking for signs of the need to move to K4K.  We always do a “training conference” with the family to make plans for this transition.  It ‘s a great opportunity to build value.  More on that […]

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Secret #3: progress is slow              In my school, over the last twelve to fifteen years, we have used TWO different advancement formats before settling on the one that has worked best for us.  At first, there was PLAN #1: advance them every three months.  This approach worked rather well because they spent THREE FULL […]

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Secret #2: TIGER class is not about punching and kicking “But we are teaching Taekwondo!”   You shout!  Yes, indeed we are.   Our Taekwondo program, however, is a vehicle through which we teach discipline and character.  In fact, I believe that the development of physical skill in Taekwondo parallels a child’s physical growth pattern.  In other […]

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A Scary Situation!   You’re standing in front of FIFTEEN   3, 4, and 5-year olds about to teach some “kids karate.”   These are the youngest, newest, and lowest ranks in your school: the TINY TIGER BASIC class. Some are lying down; some are asking for a drink of water; one is crying to go see […]

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Valeria Tapia’s story begins like so many others.  By age six, she had tried dance and other activities.  Nothing seemed to spark her interest until she learned that one of her school friends, Leah Millman, was coming to KARATE FOR KIDS.   Mom, Maria, and dad, Albert, brought her in and, from that day on it’s […]

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“If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit I discovered an amazing video on YouTube you just have to see.  It shows an animal behavior expert named Kevin Richardson roughhousing and rolling around with full-grown, adult male lions.  This man possesses […]

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