Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kids Martial Arts Warm ups

How important is the warmup in a Martial arts class for kids?
Children need to warmup just as adults do before exercise.  It is true that children heal faster from injuries and tend to warmup faster, but thats no excuse not to warm them up before any activity.

Make sure the Martial Arts Warm-ups for Children are fun!
You can't just do the same thing all the time and expect kids to stay motivated and practice. You have to change it up, you have to inspire and excite them!

Here is a cool drill to try called Shadow boxing with a freeze:

Here is a cool drill to try called group warmup. It works on leadership skills as well as getting their bodies ready for class! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-hbq9GiTV4

Jeremy Molley is the owner of endlessmartialartsdrills.com. For more free drills, videos, and tips become a facebook fan. Also check out EndlessMartialartsdrills.com for hundreds of video drills including Martial Arts Warmups for children.

What styles work best for Children's Martial Arts games?

Do Martial Arts Games work for Any Martial Arts Style?

Of course! Any style of martial arts will benefit from playing games or using fun Martial Arts drills.
Here is a list of styles that the endless martial arts drills system works with:

Muay Thai
Gung fu
MMA-Mixed Martial Arts
Goju Ryu Karate
Tang Soo Do
Krav Maga
Kuk Sool Won
Shotokan Karate-Do
Wing Chun
Jeet Kune Do
American Kenpo
Kung Fu
Tai Chi
Wing Chun
Filipino Martial Arts

…and the list grows more as more and more Instructors are learning about the Endless Martial Arts Drills System online or are being referred to it by friends.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Martial Arts Games for Kids

Martial Arts Games for Kids

Teaching Martial Arts drills to kids is not that difficult if you make it fun. Add these fun Martial Arts games into your lesson plans today!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Keeping the parents at your Martial Arts school happy

As a Martial Arts school owner, you have to keep the parents of your younger students happy. Here are some tips to help:

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Classic Martial Arts Moments

Sometimes in business and life you just have to stop and laugh at those classic moments and situations you find yourself in. Here are some of the top moments of my experience

  • I'm teaching class one night and we are performing front kicks in place. All of a sudden, a jock strap complete with cup and supporter flys through the air over my head and hits the mirror. After class, no one claimed it....

  •  I had a student named we'll call "Earl". Earl was about 8 years old and pretty rough around the edges. Once in class another kid was bothering him and he said,"Man, I'm gonna take you out". I overheard this and explained to Earl how we cannot do that in Martial Arts, and that this is positive place, etc... Earl's next statement was, "I'm not gonna do it here....I mean like in the streets." On a side note: One day Earl is in class and drops a $100 bill out of his uniform. He picked it up and put it back in his belt like nothing happened.

  • I had a student who was a giant burly lumberjack type guy and we loved to give him a hard time. When I put together his sparring gear package I gave him the child XS cup. One of the funniest things I have ever seen was that guy's face and body language as he came out of the bathroom with that cup on.

  • Once I was in front of a panel of high ranking judges testing for my next belt, and in the middle of my performance a completely naked baby ran through the center of the testing. Talk about Self Control.

  • I had a student named Jason, who had a habit of acting up and misbehaving. One day in the kids class Jason was doing something he wasn't supposed to do and ended up hitting his head on a metal rail hard enough to make blood spray out of the top of his head. We quickly brought him into the back room and took care of his injuries. I came out and sat all the kids down and proceeded to tell them how when we don't follow directions we can get hurt. After explaining how dangerous it is to misbehave a little girl raises her hand and asks, "Is Jason dead?"

  • I was an assistant instructor in class one time and noticed that there were little brown balls on the mat that looked like milk duds. I walked over to get a closer look and right then as I realize exactly what it is - I notice the head instructor has one in his hand and in proceeding to bring it to his nose to smell. I was too late and it was a total slow motion "nooooooooo" moment!

What is your own favorite classic martial arts moment? Leave a comment below!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Teaching Life Lessons Through Martial Arts

Whether you call them Mat chats, life skills, focus words, life lessons, etc..., these lessons should be taught in your martial arts program if you want to develop well rounded martial artists. Here are some tips on presenting and implementing these types of lessons in class.

  • Use classroom examples. Whether you have an organized system of teaching life skills in your program or not, you will find many opportunities for life lesson discussions happening in each class you teach.  Example: Talk about Self Reliance when putting on sparring gear, or courage to spar someone bigger, perseverance for not giving up on a board break, pride in your self image with a clean uniform, etc...

  • Don't preach to adults. Quotes are excellent, short stories of how something affected you personally work as well. For example, everyone in town knew I had a crazy neighbor who had a bad reputation. She was trying to tow my students cars illegally, shut off my power at the box, yell profanity at me, burn her business down for insurance money, etc... She just wanted to cause trouble. I told them how for a while revenge crossed my mind, and I thought of all the rotten things I could do, but in the end I decided that it wasn't my place. Things always seem to work out because she was evicted and later thrown in jail. I felt much better that I didn't try to stoop to her level. I found that if I focused on positive things I got positive returns. Just sharing something like this can make an impact and get the point across without preaching.

  • For kids, I like to use examples that kids understand and relate to. For instance, "When I was a kid I decided that I hated ice cream. I had never even tried it, but determined it was gross. One day my mom fed me some ice cream and didn't tell me what it was. I was eating it and loving it. I asked what it was and when she told me it was ice cream I felt silly. I made sure to have courage to try new things from then on. Sometimes we can be scared to try new things but we have to have courage. Can anyone tell me about a time you had courage and tried something new?" These are the kinds of stories and discussions that you should be having in class. If you don't have a true to life story- make one up with make believe characters.

  • Try to find students using life skills and highlight them as soon as they do so. Don't be afraid to pause class for a moment and highlight something or someone that just happened. Example: You see a child share the battle ball with someone else. Call that person to the front of the class and tell them how proud you are. This will make every kid in the class want to share now!

  • Consider having a weekly theme to your life skills and posting it in your newsletter, on your message board, facebook posts, or weekly emails. Parents want to know what their child is learning and this serves as a constant reminder of the benefits of martial arts.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Utilizing Assistant Martial Arts Instructors Effectively

Utilizing Assistant Martial Arts Instructors Effectively

I know plenty of school owners who have many instructors in their instructor program, but they don't utilize them to the fullest potential. You do have an instructor program, don't you??? Lets talk about what I've learned over the years:

  • Enthusiasm isn’t taught, its caught. If you have several instructors that just don't seem to have a high energy level you should examine your own classes and your energy level. Are you excited about teaching class? If your not excited about kicking, punching, choking, or breaking things; changing peoples lives for the better, and having the coolest job in the world then I don’t know what else to say! It’s a privilege to be allowed to step out onto the workout floor and lead students. You have to communicate this with your voice, words, body language, and heart. A good attitude is infectious!
  • You should document everything about your instruction methods, re-analyze it, make it replicate-able, and have training sessions with your instructors. When I first became an instructor (back in the day) we were just expected to know what to do. Nobody practiced leading the class in a stretch, or a warm up, or how to communicate with a student. I was just thrown to to the wolves and had to learn the hard way. I would not advise that method - You have to train people to teach, and it should be done at least monthly with assistants, and weekly with employees.
  •  Let everyone enter your instructor program! Don't judge people, you never know who could end up your next superstar. Train everyone regardless, whats the worst that could happen- you don't let them assist because they aren't ready yet? In the meantime they are given the opportunity to become better. You are either on your way up or on your way out, there is no in between. Instructors will come and go for many reasons so don't put all your eggs in one basket.
  • Just because someone is a great Martial Artist, doesn't automatically mean they will be a great instructor. Occasionally some of the least talented martial artists I have trained have been the most talented instructors.
  • Don't correct instructors in public, unless its an emergency and always play it off so that nobody feels foolish or embarrassed.
  • Don't let instructors teach that don't train regularly. It always shows.
  • Don't just expect- inspect! After you teach your methods of instruction you should require them to show you what you expect periodically.
  • Don't "hire" and instructor until they have proven they will make you money. You must train them and expect them to bring in new students. Everyone is responsible for filling the room! Why would you hire someone who isn't going to make your business money in a time like this?

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Teaching Large or Crowded Martial Arts Classes

 Ok, so lets say you have a class to teach by yourself or with very little help and now your class is getting pretty big! Crowded classes do mean profit, but there needs to be a balance. If your class sizes get too big you will lose students because they feel they aren't getting enough attention, or their needs are not being met. I consider myself very skilled at teaching a class solo with up to 30-40 students, but that is because I have mastered the techniques of motivating, keeping attention, streamlining, and making things run efficient in my classes; and you can too!

Tip #1
Make it a rule to never have a student sitting down, or standing still. Split lines of students into more lines if necessary and ensure that they are not waiting their turn for more than a few seconds. I try to have 3 people in a line, depending on what we are doing. A great drill to keep everyone busy and work conditioning is to have the first student in the line performing the drill or technique, then he/she runs to the back of the line and performs X number of pushups/situps/etc.. Here is a video example of a similar drill done for Form/Kata practice. By the time he/she stands up again, the others in the line are already finished with the technique and its his/her turn again. This reduces the amount of time students spend standing around waiting for the person ahead of him to finish.

Tip #2
Plan your class for little supervision, and choose appropriate drills. If you need to watch a few students, make sure the others that are not being watched are well informed as to what they are supposed to be doing. If you are doing an activity that students will have to wait their turn for, have them doing pushups, situps, squats, etc.. For instance if I am watching a group of students perform a form I will have another group practice something in the back of the class, or if space is really tight, the rest of the students hold squat position against the wall. I then rotate the groups.

 Tip #3
Make up for a lack of individual attention - The odds are you will only get to interact with each student for a few minutes total in a large class so make sure you use their name, make some kind of physical contact with them such as high five, pat on the back. Make it your mission to give everyone something to improve on, and tell them something they are doing well.

Tip #4
It is recommended that when you play any games, drills, or activity that involves a crowded class moving around a lot that students leave their head gear, mouthpiece, and elbow pads on. I have found that this cuts the amount of head collisions and accidental elbow bumps down dramatically, which is better for retention. Most injuries in kids classes occur from them running into each other, so modify the game or play games that have them crawl on the ground instead or running, or have them stay in place. It doesn't take too many times for a kid to leave class crying before mom takes him out of your program. It doesn't take too many days of missed work for an adult to quit either. Here is a video of a warmup you can do with a crowded class easily.

Tip #5
Floor Drills/Line drills work excellent in large groups because it allows you to walk around and interact with everyone without them running into each other. If you are really short on space, instead of having them step forwards or backwards with each technique have them step their feet together backwards and then step the other foot forward, effectively switching sides of the body in place. You can also have them step out at 45 degrees instead of moving forward if they are in danger of kicking others.

Crowded classes can be good or bad for your business. It depends on how you handle it, but ideally you should schedule as many assistant instructors to help as possible!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Martial Arts Instructor One Man Show Pt. 2

In my first post we discussed the disadvantages of operating as a One-Man-Show on a long term basis. In this post we will discuss tips to transition your role of running a business into owning a business.


It is very scary to release control of business tasks, especially when times are tough economically. I remember the first time I had a new instructor teach a class for me. I stood behind the front counter white knuckled, cringing, and analyzing everything that went on inside as if everything I had worked so hard to accomplish would be wrecked in 45 minutes. That was the most stressful class I never taught. :) After the class I thought sure I would lose students, they would not enjoy themselves, or somehow be upset that I didn't teach. This was not the case at all, in fact they actually enjoyed the class because it was different! Now was it as good as I could have taught it? Probably not, but this instructor now had an opportunity to improve and share his unique teaching style with the students. You cannot let fear get in the way of progress. Successful people often do what others are too scared or lazy to do.

I was terribly afraid to have employees answer the phone, because I knew that my phone closing rate was 90%+. Every time that phone rang and I was able to answer it was money in the bank for me. That was my reasoning for always answering the phone and not allowing others to have the opportunity. This went on for years, until finally I realized I couldn't just train my staff on what to say, and expect mock rehearsals to prepare them. I actually had to let them get on the phone. Yes, I lost money in the short term.  Appointment rates went down to 70% or 75% for a while, but by allowing them to make mistakes (and coaching them along) I was able to free up enough time to focus on another aspect of my business which more than made up for the cost of a few missed appointments. A few months later they are at a closing rate of 80-85% and I don't have to answer the phone anymore because ITS OK. The time I used to spend on the phone is now spent on social marketing, spending time with my family, traveling to a martial arts seminar, or something that gives me a higher return financially or even personally than the extra 5-10%. Who knows, in a year they could have a 95% closing rate and do a better job than I ever could!

Tips for overcoming fear

1. Stop making excuses.

2. Get out a pen and paper right now and write down every single job/task that you do in your school. Everything. Here is an example of my own school's task list to help you get started.

3. In your free time, take out your camera phone or use free screen capture software and film each and every task being performed with yourself explaining how it should be done, common mistakes, and your expectations. Don't make a huge project out of it, just start with a few 5 minute videos next time you actually go and do the task and build from there. You are doing it anyway, so you might as well video it!

4. Save this on your office computer so your staff can always get to it.

5. Start small and give one task at a time to your staff member, volunteer, etc.. (this will be discussed in a moment)

6. Review the video with them, or email it to them. You can even have them make their own video of themselves doing the task and have them send it back to you verifying that they know how to do the task and that they watched your video. Rate them on it. Make them repeat it over and over until they rate a perfect score.

7. Inspect what you expect. Don't assume they are doing everything you ask of them. Periodically check and hold them accountable for their results.

8.  You have to train them how to do something many times, and continue to remind them several times. They will forget, they will mess up, and this happens with even the best staff members. Nobody is perfect.

Low or No Cost

Most school owners in this position cannot afford to hire a staff member because they are stuck in the transitional phase. There are many FREE options to accomplish this even if you cannot afford to hire someone. Many of these are temporary solutions, but will get the ball rolling. Remember, your students are loyal, appreciate everything you do, and will gladly help in any way they can. With that in mind, do not abuse your students. They are the reason you continue to have a business.

1. Volunteer Hours - You can require students to perform 1 or 2 volunteer hours per testing cycle or month which could range from answering the phone and taking a message when you are in class, cleaning, distributing flyers, holding pads in class, etc..

2. Cleaning  - At the end of the last class, usually adults, you can make it the responsibility of everyone to clean the mats (usually takes everyone 5 minutes). Ask if anyone has an old vacuum or mop bucket, etc.. and they will usually donate one for free. The most cleaning equipment, the less time it takes everyone to finish. This is an age old tradition in martial arts.

3. Volunteer Coaches - Have select parents or higher ranks hold pads in class, etc.

4. Setup a once a month training session with these volunteers/leadership team and practice the skills they will be doing. Don't just assume they know automatically know how to help or that you can train them as the classes are going! Email them the videos you took or put them on youtube.

5. Allow a student to train free in exchange for cleaning, or working the front desk, etc.. When a student loses his job or has to quit for financial reasons offer them an option like this. Its a win win solution.

6. "Hire" a student to market for you and pay him/her a commission based on a each student they can bring in to enroll. You must provide marketing materials such as flyers, doorhangers, business cards, etc.. The good thing is that they get paid on their results, so if they do not perform you do not have to pay them.

Remember, you should control your business- not the other way around.

-Jeremy Molley

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Martial Arts Instructor One Man Show Pt. 1

I remember when I opened my first Martial Arts School... I was teaching class, answering the phone, taking out the trash, and signing up students all by myself. Most school owners start out in this scenario, and unfortunately most get stuck and continue to operate in this scenario.

You have to ask yourself some questions: How long do I plan on doing everything myself? Did I plan on running a business or owning a business? If I got sick right now, for an entire week and could not get out of bed, what would happen? Would business continue as normal for that week, or would all hell break loose? What about 1 month?

Nobody will care about your business as much as you and (although many come very close) they will always fall short in their passion and dedication. This fact must be accepted. You have to be willing to let someone else do an OK job at cleaning the toilet several times until you can teach them how you want it to be done. You have to accept that when you put a new staff member in charge of the front desk they will bomb some sales. You have to learn to accept the fact that they are NOT as good as you.

I believe business owners make the same justifications I did for years: "I can't afford to let someone else sign a new student up!", "I can't afford to let (instructor X) experiment with the warmup because students will quit.", "I'll just clean the mat myself, because if you want something done right you have to do it yourself!"

Welcome to being a One-Man-Show! Look forward to years of working day in and day out doing the same repetitive tasks, limiting your student body growth, and living like a control freak. Watch awesome potential staff members come and go because you didn't provide them with an opportunity for growth. Put all your eggs in one basket, and assume you will have the desire and ability to kick and punch every single day for the rest of your life. Sound like a good plan? I didn't think so.

We want to establish our school so that we teach the classes we enjoy, we still have time for our family, we can take a day or week off when necessary, and we perform the tasks that are most productive and enjoyable to us because we want to; not because we have to.

How do we transition from a One-Man-Show to a delegating tasks and getting the pressure off our back? Most importantly, how do we do this for low or no cost? Most school owners in this position cannot afford to hire a staff member because they are stuck in the transitional phase. There are many FREE options to accomplish this even if you cannot afford to hire someone and we will discuss this in Part 2.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Actual FREE Martial Arts Drills Found On The Internet

This is a humorous collection of my absolute favorite FREE Martial Arts drills I have found on the Internet. Typographical and grammatical errors left for effect. You truly get what you pay for....




Date Added: 10/16/2004

This is a game aimed at children in the 4 to 8 year age group. 

The instructor has a focus opad and explains to the children the the pad is the face of a criminal. The criminal has just broken into their hoomes and is in their bedrooms holding a large knife or batton. The criminal is about to attack them and they have to defend themselves by punching or kicking the criminal's face, which is the focus pad.

Sounds like the perfect game for a 4-8 year old. Imagining someone breaking into their room at night with a knife or baton is fun fun fun!

If the student is too slow or punches/kicks too softly or for any technical reason does not perform the skill correctly, the instructor taps the kid on top of the head and shouts "you're dead" and gives the reason to the student for the tap. The instructor must tap the student on the head very lightly to prevent injury.

The kids shriek with exitement when playing this game. 

I don't think that is excitement they are shrieking with. That might have something to do with the fact that you are smacking a child on the head and shouting, "Your dead!"

 Tsung Sau Mo #1

From: Perry

Organization: ACA Combat

Date Added: 8/4/2008

Three students stand in a triangle pattern 10 ft apart. The student at the top of the triangle is the defender. Student in bottom left of triangle runs in and performs lunging side thrust kick at chest or head level.

Defender Ducks down completely and dives forward so that the kick passes right over their head and their shoulder impacts the kicker's inner thigh on the support leg or groin. The defender traps the support leg and stands up quickly so that the attacker is lifted completely off the ground and thrown.

You lost me somewhere around the part where someone runs in and performs a flying side kick to my groin.

Without hesitation the student in the bottom right of the triangle runs forward and tries a lunging side thrusting kick but low. This time the defender must jump over the kick and deliver a flying knee strike or punch and yell.

I was confused for a bit there, but then I read the descriptive title again and it cleared everything up for me.

Flying Fucus Pad
From: Derrick Maretti

Organization: Superkids Martial Arts FL

Date Added: 9/4/2008

Lightly hold a square fucus target so the student can strike it with any technique and send it flying as far as it will go.

What is a fucus pad and how exactly is that pronounced?

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaching Martial Arts to Children Utilizing Time Out

Whether you teach kids Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, or MMA, we all have children in our martial arts program that are difficult to teach. Watch this video for tips on how to teach kids martial arts, and utilize a time out box effectively!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Teaching Martial Arts to Children 4-6 years old

Here is a collection tips and advice for teaching Martial Arts to children 4-6 years old. Such as teaching little dragons, teaching little ninjas, teaching tiny tigers, etc...

Tip #1 - It's Not Chocolate
Remind them before every class to go to the restroom first. If you see something brown or dark colored on the floor don't pick it up with your bare hands!

Tip #2  - Colored Tape
I recommend putting small strips of colored electric tape on the mat in the places where you want your 4-6 year olds to line up or stand. This will make your lineup process 100% faster, gives them a place to stand so they keep still, and serves as reference point or markers for games and drills
Tip #3 - Age Specific Classes
I strongly recommend putting 4-6 year olds in their own class because they obviously require completely different teaching methods. If your methods are efficient you will be giving equal attention to everyone, but if a student isn't getting enough attention they will get bored, become disruptive, and/or quit.. If you place a 4-6 year old in a class with older children or... *cringe* ... with adults, you will be working harder to get much less results. Your class will not meet the needs of either the age group and you will continue to wonder why your program/school isn't growing.

 Tip #4 - Imagination
4-6 Year olds are still discovering the concept that they are not the center of the universe, so avoid games that involve too much teamwork. Many games that have more complicated concepts or directions will simply be out of the realm of possibility for them, limiting you to more simple games. However, kids in this age group love using their imagination, so take a simple game and make it fun or different by allowing them to use their imagination. Examples would be telling them they are ninjas during dodgeball, or they are kicking monsters, etc..

Tip #5 - Time Out
Have a Time Out Box and use it! If I have someone sit in the time out box, you should always ask them to restate why they are sitting out and what they need to do next time.
Tip #6- Discipline
You have to be silly at times, but always remain consistent with discipline. They will test you every class, and if you cave in 1 time its a major setback. How many times have you seen a parent in the lobby with a child saying," No jimmy, put it down, I mean it, I said put it down, come here jimmy, stop running from me jimmy, do you want time out jimmy, sit still, do you want me to take you home, I mean it, now sit here." It is my personal rule to never to tell a child to do something more than twice. If they do not follow directions after the 2nd time, they are sitting out on the side in the time out box. That is my policy and it works because it has always been and always will be. They know this. They learn to be "first time listeners" because if they don't do something the first time, they will be corrected, and if they don't do it again, they will be sitting out for a while. 

Tip #7- Emotionless Corrections
Never EVER get angry when you correct a child, and try to be almost completely emotionless and matter of fact about it. They don't take it personal when you do this and they understand its not me being mean, its simply just what happens when they don't listen. Its like when they put their hand in fire, it burns but they aren't upset with the fire. I believe this solves many issues with pouting and temper tantrums, which by the way you should completely ignore. If a tantrum distracts the class or continues longer than a few moments I escort the child into the lobby and have them sit with mom and dad and watch the rest of class. If this happens more than once we re-evaluate whether this program is for their child or not.

Tip #8 - Constant Change
Change activities every 3-5 minutes because 4-6 year old attention spans cannot handle anything more. If you are going to talk, keep it under 1-2 minutes max.

Tip #9 Short Term Rewards
I award my 4-6 year old with a sticker at the end of every class if they didn't have to sit in time out more than once that day. Its a great short term reward system. Many 4-6 year olds are not capable of understanding a goal such as a new belt in several months. We have to teach them this. Why do you think Kindergartners have a behavior system of colored cards that gets reset each day or week?

Tip #10 - Always Change It Up!
You shouldn't be doing the same boring games, and the same drills again and again. They will lose interest, and you will lose interest too. Check out some of the drills we offer:

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Martial Arts is Too Expensive!

I hear this statement from time to time and I think its important for your students and parents to know exactly where their money is going. Often I hear Martial Arts compared to team sports, gymnastics, YMCA memberships, etc.. If you are comparing Martial Arts lessons to any of these activities you are making a fundamental mistake. Lets examine a typical Martial Arts Program, in this case the Active Martial Arts Program, for a moment so you can understand exactly what you are paying for.

Martial Arts is not a “sport” or an “activity”, its a lifestyle. For thousands of years entire civilizations and cultures have lived by and continue to live by the values our program is based on. Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Courage, Honor, and Community. Yes some aspects of martial arts have been taken a made into a sport, but that is not what our lessons are about. That is called a tournament and is completely different. We don't attend “practices” we attend lessons or classes. We don't have “games” we have testings. The entire purpose of our program is higher education. This is not a game, and we aren't just another afterschool "activity". To compare our program to something like swimming or gymnastics is like comparing a car to a roller skate. 

What are the biggest concerns in our society right now?

1.Lack of Confidence and Self Esteem
2.Lack of Discipline and Self Discipline
3.Protecting yourself or loved ones
5.Poor role models
6.Obesity and poor health conditions
7.Lack of respect for others and one's self.

This is a very bold statement, and I challenge you to prove me wrong.

Our program is the only program in the world that address all these concerns in 2-3 lessons per week in 1 hour or less.

Go ahead, pull out the yellow pages or google and see what you can find. The only thing that comes even remotely close is the Military which is not an option for children and is a far greater commitment than a few lessons per week for an adult.

Lets now focus on the benefits of martial arts and exactly how we accomplish this because you deserve to know exactly what you are paying for:

Our reward/ranking system improves self esteem. Every time you earn a new belt, stripe, etc.. you know you have worked hard for it and it wasn't given to you. Through board breaking, sparring against larger classmates, and performing in front of others you will learn to handle stressful situations without relying on teamwork or others. Martial arts is all about YOU. We make the weak strong, and the strong even stronger! Nobody sits on the bench in our program and there are no star players.

2. Our class structure teaches Self discipline. For the past twelve years I have had parents coming to me at least once a week thanking me for doing what they have the most difficult time doing: making their child sit still, making their child listen and follow directions, setting boundaries, sticking to them, and holding them accountable for their actions. We train students to have self discipline. Discipline is where I tell you to do something and you do it because I said so. Self-Discipline is when you do something on your own because you know you should. See the difference? “Mr. Molley how do you get him to listen! I don't know how you do it!” Well, I know how I do it. Spending years studying child development and social dynamics, and practicing every day through Martial Arts Teaching.

3. Our program teaches you Self Defense skills that could save your life. I will repeat that: Save your life. I have had more than one student placed in a life threatening situation and thank me personally for giving them the skills/ and or confidence to protect themselves. Words cannot describe how I feel when a parent comes to me to tell me how their child stood up to the bully at school. The words many of them used were “Priceless Training”. Don't take my word for it, watch one of my students who fought off an armed attacker in a home invasion last year in Monroe. Read the news.

4. Our program teaches you to deal with stress in a healthy way. Stress is normal, and we teach you to manage it in many ways such as proper breathing, relaxing, learning to handle a failure/defeat, and confronting problems before they become huge problems. In fact, one of the reasons we bow when entering the training floor is to symbolize emptying the mind of all the problems going on outside the training floor. Forget your issues and focus on the here and now because that is all that matters.

5. We provide positive role models. We don't just talk the talk, we walk the walk. Our instructors undergo criminal background checks and are selected based on character and not simply skill. We are not professional athletes paid millions of dollars to play a game. We are professional life coaches and role models for the students. I take this very seriously and have removed some of the most physically talented martial artists from the program in the past because they did not meet our standards. I don't care if you can fly through the air and break bricks with one finger, if you can't follow the tenets you will not be an instructor, and I may not even take you as a student.

6. Our lessons will get you in great shape, and educate you on how to take care of your body for the long term. We do not develop short term athletes such as Football, UFC fighters, etc.. Our program is designed to develop lifetime martial artists. In fact a university study was done on our specific style of Taekwondo (which our striking program is based in) with years of research into body mechanics and hip/posture alignment. Many traditional methods can cause injuries over time. We have improved upon these techniques and have a program that is designed to be safe throughout your lifetime. I have had black belts at my family's school that were in their 70's and have even trained students in their 90's. My original Taekwondo instructor is in his 70's and is still in amazing shape looking decades younger than his age. The most dangerous and hardest contact you will receive in our program is if you trip and fall on the ground, and you can do that just walking to the mailbox. I doubt you have 1.5 inch olympic grade Judo padded training mats by your mailbox.

7. We teach respect for others and respect for one's self. From the moment you walk through the door and are greeted by an instructor (by name) and are expected to say “Hello sir/mam!” to the moment we end class by bowing to the instructors and saying “Thank you sir/mam!” you will realize how much respect is a part of our lessons. We bow to partners and others as a greeting and mutual sign of respect. When I was training in Korea I watched an entire elementary school line up in attention as they got on the bus, even bowing to the bus driver! A complete stranger commented that one of my 4 year old Wolf Pup students was on the playground and helped her daughter down the slide because she was afraid. He looked her in the eyes and shook her hand with a polite greeting that is part of our curriculum. Again, nothing can match our lessons of respect.

8. You will enjoy training because its fun! Why not surround yourself with others who are living healthy lifestyles, improving their lives, and having a great time. In the children's classes it may look like they are just playing a game but I assure you it has an important purpose that will be the subject of an entirely different post.

So again, I challenge you to find something that matches what we do, period. There is no comparison. I am not even talking about the price. I remember my first semester of College cost me $600 for books. Just the books! That's almost 6 months of tuition in our program! I have asked a question to the hundreds of black belts I have trained and their parents. It is the same question my instructor asked me. I am getting teary eyed just thinking about it...

“If I were to give you $100,000 dollars, but everything you have learned throughout your training was forgotten, and every single memory of the journey disappeared. Would you do it?”

When he asked me this it took me 5 seconds to say, “No sir”. Then he upped it to $1,000,000. I really thought about this for a while because that's a lot of money. Eventually I said “No Sir.” That was a defining moment in my life. The moment I realized that martial arts training was priceless.

-Jeremy Molley

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