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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Kid's ABC's of Success Seminar

    Kid's ABC's of Success Seminar

    Ancient Ways Martial Arts offers the ABC’s of Success Seminar every year. it is a free community event primarily geared towards Manatee County Elementary School students. The seminar will teach the kids about the specific tools needed to succeed and how to overcome life’s obstacles. The class will culminate with your child breaking a real (but easily broken) board as a way to represent their ability to break past the obstacles that are in their way to succeed. This is a very high energy, motivating class to help get your child on the right course to make this their best school year ever, and hopefully give them tools that will stay with them the rest of their lives. ....

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  • Adults do Martial Arts Too!

    What we want non-martial artists to know One night I asked my Guardian students (highest tier students in our school) what they think are some early essential lessons we should teach all students. I heard some insightful things, but one thing I noticed was that most of what they contributed, had nothing to do with what you need to know AFTER you enroll, but what you need to know BEFORE you enroll. As a Black Belt who has been teaching for 35 years, I am guilty of, perhaps, assuming most people understand what we do and why we do it. It's called, "Seeing the world with Black Belt eyes." Here’s an example; people think in martial arts, all we do is ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - CLEAN bare feet in the Dojo

    CLEAN bare feet in the Dojo

    Why Bare Feet in the Dojo Weird Dojo Rules Many of the rules we follow in the martial arts training hall, or Dojo (dojo means: place of the way), are based on Asian traditions, but few, if any don’t also hold some common sense values too. For instance, we don’t wear shoes on the training floor and we encourage all students to have clean feet before stepping on the training floor. In some Asian cultures it is bad manners (and bad luck) to track in outside filth to a building, especially a home, so shoes are left outside. It makes sense though. If everyone comes in with super clean bare feet, then the house stays cleaner. If your bare feet are dirty, then you ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Becoming an expert.

    Becoming an expert.

    Building Expertise
    Becoming an expert at something is the same, no matter what the activity is. There are four primary levels of learning how to do something. The first level is called… Unconscious Incompetence
    To the uninitiated this almost sounds like an insult, but all it really means is, you don’t know what you don’t know. At this stage, you have never seen a karate move before, touched the piano or heard Spanish spoken. You don’t know that you don’t know the subject matter. Going from here to stage two is very easy. It’s just a matter of being introduced to the subject matter. It’s called… Conscious Incompetence
    At ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Redirection in battle and in child rearing.

    Redirection in battle and in child rearing.

    Redirection As martial artists, we use redirection all the time with an opponent. I might throw my back-fist up high to get my opponent to raise his guard, then follow up with a cross to the body, an uppercut or a push kick. With students and our children, it should be the same way…without the violence of course. As instructors we sometimes get a particular type of kid, he is referred to in the secret backrooms of the martial arts industry as… “Mirror Lickers.” These are kids who are usually very young, about when we like to start them at age 3, but their focus and impulse control has not been installed yet. This is perfectly ok with us, we love being a ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Your Worst Enemy

    Your Worst Enemy

    Poor coping skills are the leading cause of self destructive behavior, drug abuse, alcoholism, depression and suicide. I am a former Recreational Therapist in a psychiatric facility. It was my job to provide various activities, including physical activities and recreational games for our patients, to hopefully increase their tolerance to frustration and delayed gratification. Life gets overwhelming for everyone at some point or another. If in our youth, we developed our ability to cope with frustration, then as adults we find life’s challenges to be nothing more than speed bumps instead of impassable walls. The best way to learn how to cope, is for us to struggle to learn ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Guaranteed Black Belt

    Guaranteed Black Belt

    Parents, do you want a guarantee that your kid will earn a Black Belt and learn perseverance along the way? Perseverance by the way, is the one thing all successful people claim is required to really make it in life, over talent, education and luck. Want this for your child? Then read on... In my observations of teaching for the past 35 years, I can say I’ve seen the different levels and types of parent and family support and how each works. It boils down to about 4 different levels. Level One is when a student has a parent training with them. When the parent trains too, there is a 100% guarantee that child will make Black Belt. When their support team puts that level of ....

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  •  in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Climbing Everest

    Climbing Everest

    I have a friend who climbed Mount Everest. When I first met him, I told him I was really impressed and that it must have been an amazing experience. I told him that I could only imagine that it must be an incredible view from the top of the world. He said,” Don’t get me wrong, it was amazing, and looking back, I’m glad I did it, but at the time I was so intent on just not dying, that I didn’t really have time to appreciate it. At the time, I hated every moment of it and just focused on making one more step. And to be honest, every single step, I was just fighting not to give up and quit.” He spoke about all the people who helped him get to the top. ....

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