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The Goal of Martial Arts

Aggression with Discretion.

Martial arts training focuses on developing the emotional, mental, and physical fortitude needed to defend yourself if needed and also to overcome obstacles, and seeking the wisdom to know not just how to fight, but when and why to fight.

We practice aggression with discretion: we hone our skills and develop our warrior spirit; more importantly, we learn discernment: making the right choices and learning how to use our minds to solves problems we face in life.

A Little Bit Better Every Day

There are numerous benefits to martial arts training: improvement to both physical and mental wellness; confidence and a greater sense of self-worth; the feeling of acceptance and belonging due to being part of a like-minded group of people who share similar goals and values; fulfillment in knowing goals are being reached.

I could go on, but the point is that martial arts changed my life and continues to add value to my life. I teach martial arts to share this wonderful gift with those around me.

Come see for yourself what training can do for you!

Values-Driven, Mission-Focused

We strive to be a business and a school that’s grounded in our values. Everything we do needs to have the proper WHY behind it. We don’t want to do anything “just because,” or because “that’s how other martial arts schools do it.” We do everything with a purpose. Our mission statement is clear: We better ourselves to better our world.

Our plans, projects, and lessons are designed to fulfill our mission, and our mission is grounded in our operating values.

Our Values
– We strengthen each other through respect.
– We promote honesty and integrity.
– We foster a culture of acceptance.
– We are a safe place.
– We are leaders through service.
– We encourage a positive mindset.
– We celebrate individual progress.
– We live a healthy lifestyle: physically, mentally, and spiritually.
– We grow through regular training and personal development.
– We are fiscally healthy and responsible.
– We leave our training facility, our community, and our world better than we found it.

Women’s Self-Defense

Ashlyn is starting a Wednesday evening Women’s Self-Defense program. First class begins January 30 at 7:00 PM, and is free to everyone who is interested in trying it out. Message her if you are interested!

The program will focus on practical non-physical and physical methods for staying safe, addressing the particular challenges women face in our society.

How to Motivate Children

I want my students to succeed. I only see my students a couple times a week. Parents on the other hand wrestle every day with how to get their kids to care about the important things: schoolwork, chores, listening, brushing their teeth… the list goes on. How can parents motivate their children to be more responsible?

First, keep in mind is that even though they are children, they are individuals. Each child is a person with needs, desires, hopes, and a personality. Parents must acknowledge and respect the individual person their child is.The goal should be to help them grow into the best version of who they are rather than try to transform them into who we think they should be.

Second, don’t expect your children to be “perfect.” Their brains are still developing and don’t reach their peak until their early 20s. Balance the standards you set for your kids with the truth that, no matter how good they are, they are still kids, and as such need continual guidance and grace.

All children need guidance, love, encouragement, and a proper education. They need clear boundaries and consistency from parents. Discipline applied inconsistently can be worse than no discipline at all.

By “discipline” I don’t mean just “punishment.” There is certainly an element of providing negative consequences to improper action or behavior, but keep in mind that you can’t punish your child into good behavior. Children, generally speaking, don’t respond to punishment the way parents would like. In fact, negative consequences taken too far can turn into a battle of wills between parent and child, or create an atmosphere of resentment in the home.

Punishment shouldn’t be used to motivate good behavior; rather, proper discipline shows the child that actions indeed have consequences regardless of how we feel. Bad actions and behaviors lead to negative consequences, and good actions and behaviors lead to positive consequences. Give consequences to show your child the result of their poor choices, not to try to force them to suddenly care about doing the right thing.

Likewise, give positive consequences (rewards), encouragement and praise when they do something right. Show the good that comes from doing what they should. This is most effective when parents understand what their children genuinely care about and think about all day. What drives this individual? What lights a fire inside them? Remember that children are individual persons with hopes and desires like anyone else. Communicate with them. Listen to them. They need to know you’re invested in their lives and you care about them.

A big mistake parents make is giving the impression to their children that their love or acceptance is based on a “pass/fail” grading system. Personally, I haven’t met a child who has been given such an impression who felt like they had a passing grade.

So much more can be said about this topic than I can fit here. My goal here is to provide a perspective on how to begin the process. Remember, the parents’ job is to guide, teach, prepare, love, and show their children that they are ultimately responsible for their own choices.

Sensei Bud