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Posted: March 17, 2020

Teaching Philosophy:  What to look for when choosing a martial arts school.


I have to say that I am a little surprised by how few times I have been asked about the teaching philosophy of our martial arts school.  Over 25 years of teaching, I have come to believe that often times it is assumed that all martial arts schools, dance schools, gymnastics academies, and kids sports have the same teaching philosophies.  After 25 years of teaching martial arts and owning multiple schools I can say that is definitely not the case.  Over the 50 years our parent organization, Always Take Action Martial Arts, has been teaching children in the U.S., they have developed a proven, top notch instruction system.  Using that experience and empirical validation, I have come up with a list of things to look for when choosing an activity for your children.

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Posted: March 16, 2020

The Benefits of Leadership Training

Posted: March 13, 2020

The benefits of leadership training


I was reminded twice this week, not just about the benefits of martial arts, but specifically the benefits of a well structured leadership program within a martial arts school.  Uniquely, I have been able to see these benefits from three distinct points of view.  First, as a child growing up in Always Take Action Martial Arts’ (ATA) leadership program, second, as an instructor and school owner instilling those skills in others, and now as a father who’s children are in the leadership program.  

Set Your Child Up For Success

Posted: March 12, 2020

Set Your Child Up for Success in Sports


As a multiple martial arts school owner for over twenty years and as a parent I have had to guide parents in motivating their children and my own in both martial arts and other endeavors.  Here are some ideas that have helped our members raise successful martial arts athletes.  I hope they help you also.

8-Year-Old Girl Fights Off Would-Be-Kidnapper with Martial Arts

Posted: March 03, 2020

This is a great example of how Martial Arts can make the difference in a child's life at any moment!! 

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EL CAJON, Calif. - A young girl who knew some Kung Fu moves used them to escape a kidnapping attempt overnight, police in California say.

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