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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - A born and bred teacher.

    A born and bred teacher.

    I began officially teaching in the early 1980’s. 35 Years now. My college education includes Elementary Education and Recreational Therapy. A degree in business might have served me better, but I think and believed, even back then, that these two areas of training serve my students best. I’ve always known I would teach. I don’t think it was ever a doubt. Throughout my childhood, at our house, my brother and I ran the neighborhood’s "unofficial" community center. The kids came to us to organize activities and games every day after school and all day in the summers. When we lived up north, for our last years there, we were on a cul-de-sac with 20 or so ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - However Long it Takes

    However Long it Takes

    However long it takes Some students asked me how long it took me to accomplish a thing. It was a particular move with the Kamas. I'm still not as good at the move as I'd like, but I'm better than many, but more than that, I'm better than I was yesterday. So, to answer their question, if you put a length of time on it, or a certain number of repetitions on it before you master any move, then if you don't master it in that time will you quit, or will you keep going? Personally I'll do the move "however long it takes." There is no time frame, there is no set number of repetitions. For some people, it may take two repetitions to accomplish a move, for others, ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Summer 2017 Belt Graduation

    Summer 2017 Belt Graduation

    Reminder: Graduation THURSDAY June 22ndand FRIDAY June 23rd
    ! All students (except Wee Warriors) are required
    to attend. If you think you are not ready to test, please talk to Master Brown. As your teacher, your readiness is by his discretion, not yours.
    All regular classes that start at 5:00 PM or later are CANCELLED those days to make room for the testing. Register for promotion and pay your promotion fee online here: http://member-site.net/?BP--MXwhc
    2017 SummerGraduation
    Beginners (White Yellow and Orange Belts) Thursday, June 22ndfrom 5:00 PM-6:00PM
    Intermediates (Green, Green Senior, Purple and Blue Belts) Thursday, June 22ndfrom ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Differences in Cultural Principles

    Differences in Cultural Principles

    Many years ago, a mom of one of our students came to me with a complaint. We love complaints because if it is a concern for one person, then there are probably others who have the same concern but won’t discuss it or bring it to our attention. So, I asked her what was the problem. “You are always telling the kids not to drink, smoke, do drugs or use vulgarity,” she said. I smiled, listening patiently, waiting for the problem. She just stood there, like that was the problem. “So, what is your complaint?” I asked. She was very annoyed, arms crossed and furrowed eyebrows, “Joey comes home from martial arts class ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Dads VS Kids FREE Annual Event

    Dads VS Kids FREE Annual Event

    This Free Annual Event is fun for all. Friday, June 16th, from 7-8:30 PM. Games and a great time. Substitute dads are welcome (moms who do both roles, step dads, family friends, grand dads, uncles, etc) and we will have some volunteer dads to fill in for those who can't make it too. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS WELL, Bring your kids, and have some fun. Call (941) 756-0800 for more details. ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Be a great Shopper

    Be a great Shopper

    People need to be better shoppers We recently had a family try our program and then enroll in a different school. The impression we got was that the dad was looking for an “old style school” that would be tougher on his son. My thoughts on that; good for you, at least you did your due diligence and shopped both schools. We’ve found that the typical parent doesn’t really do a lot of shopping before deciding on the right martial arts school. Frighteningly, most don’t shop at all. Many years ago, we had 4 families pull their kids from a different school and brought them to us. As a general practice, we don’t take students from other ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - PNO June 9th, Ninjas VS Robots

    PNO June 9th, Ninjas VS Robots

    This Friday, June 9th from 7 -10 PM $25 each, but students can bring a non-student friend for free. Ninjas VS Aliens (Team Sword vs Team Nerf Guns) Click here to enlist! http://member-site.net/?EV--MXXcg ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Lee Middle School Awards

    Lee Middle School Awards

    Three of the 5 voted Outstanding Lee Middle School 8th grade boys are Ancient Ways students. They are all so humble, we had to find out through other parties. Out of seventy 8th grade students nominated as Outstanding, 10 finalists (5 girls & 5 boys) were recognized. Aaron Thirion won the 2016-2017 Most Outstanding Student of the Year Award!!! He also won the Citizenship Award, Perfect Attendance and Teacher's Choice Award-TV Production. Ryan Willey and Jordon Miller were fi nalists for Outstanding Student and also won the Citizenship Award! Jordon also won the Million Word Challenge. Jordon is a Black Belt, Ryan is soon to be a Black Belt and Aaron has been an amazing student of ours ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Thank you!

    Thank you!

    Hubris is a very old word. We don’t use it much anymore. Most people don’t even know what it means. It is the opposite of humility. It’s a word that describes someone who thinks they are better than everyone else, an egotistical or self-centered individual. Humility is an old word too and we don’t use it much anymore either, especially these days in the era of selfies and Facebook Live. When you ask children what humility means, they say, “it’s when you are embarrassed.” Um… no. Humility means to be modest, to be humble, to not think you are “all that.” And it may surprise some of today’s young people to know, humility is ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - The Most Valuable Lessons

    The Most Valuable Lessons

    Last night I spoke to my adult class about how, as parents, we need to make sure our kids get 3 primary things from us. 1. Education – Meaning knowledge and common sense 2. Social Skills – They have got to get along with others and be able to communicate well 3. Character – In the past a person’s character was marked by their grit, gumption, pluck, drive, work ethic and determination. I think an easier definition is: A person’s ability to adapt and overcome life’s challenges. I spoke to the class about how education is, of course, vital. I think social skills are probably even more so. After all, success is more often dictated by who you ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Dads who want us to toughen up their kid

    Dads who want us to toughen up their kid

    Dads who want us to toughen up your kid. Many years ago I had a dad of one of our students who didn’t appreciate that his wife had enrolled their son in our martial arts program. I think he had watched his son in class maybe two or three times in the 2 years the boy trained with us. He spoke to me candidly once at a social event where he had a drink or two. “I have to tell you, I got where I am in life by being a bully and my son will have an easier path to success if he is a bully too. At your school, you just train all of that out of him by teaching him to defend himself only when necessary. He needs to be the one forcing things to happen and forcing others to ....

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  • What style is best?

    I had an old friend write to me recently and asked about a video circulating that shows a Tai Chi master losing, pretty brutally, to an MMA fighter. The friend asked my thoughts on the matter. This type of discussion comes up frequently, the old "what's the best style," question. So here's my reply: There are as many martial arts, there may be more types of martial arts than there are types of fine arts. Theater, painting, film making, the many different types of dance, prose, sculpture, pottery, leather working, glass blowing, blacksmithing, photography, etc. Each serves a different outlet of expression. Some serve a very practical purpose other than just an expression, some not, yet all ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Adult Martial Arts Students

    Adult Martial Arts Students

    On a Facebook page today, some of my martial arts colleagues started debating the attention yoga gets and why they get all the adult students and we get all the kid students. Here was my response: You want adult students? It's not hard, quit treating them like kids or recruits in the military. So, let's think about a typical adult's first experience in a typical martial arts school. We teach them military style commands and ask them to refer to us by our title and use the "Yes Sirs," and "Yes Ma'ams." They have to wear this white uniform that reminds them of some terrible shows from the 70's like the Flintstones, Bewitched and Gomer Pyle. From their standpoint, we are talking down to ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Patience and forgetting your belt.

    Patience and forgetting your belt.

    So recently on one of the many martial arts school owner Facebook pages, someone asked “What do you do about students forgetting their belts?” This has come up many times in the past and I usually am too busy to reply. This time I saw a couple of answers and had to jump in. Hundreds of instructors chimed in and the answers were, to be honest, a bit terrifying. In some cases, the responses were borderline abuse. “We make them wear a pink belt.” “A hundred pushups and they have to be a white belt.” “20 pushups and they line up with the white belts, 30 pushups if they blame their parents.” “They wear a white belt with ‘I forgot ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Arrogance vs Confidence

    Arrogance vs Confidence

    Arrogance vs Confidence Some in my inner circle know about my war against my own arrogance or the appearance of arrogance. With that being said, what does arrogance look like? Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I think in the same respect, when confidence in a person gets high enough, to those with lower confidence, it is indistinguishable from arrogance. Raising confidence is done by, “finding a way to succeed in insurmountable situations.” Martial Arts is a great example. Everyone says, “I can’t do that” when they start, and we prove them wrong. The result is a ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - World Champions, Hall of Famers and High Degrees of Black Belt.

    World Champions, Hall of Famers and High Degrees of Black Belt.

    World Champions, Hall of Famers and High Degrees of Black Belt. You can go to any city in North America and you will find martial arts experts who tout amazing backgrounds of martial arts training experience, world champion titles, hall of fame inductions and multiple degrees of black belts in many different styles. Naturally this all goes on their websites and the typical layman doesn’t know how bogus it really might be. So here it is:
    In the martial arts world, certificates in different martial arts styles are sometimes traded with friends (and family) without actually training or earning it. Some styles have no prearranged curriculum so if the instructor thinks ....

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  • Ancient Ways Summer Camp Early Bird Pricing ends in 12 days!

    Ancient Ways Summer Camp Early Bird Pricing ends in 12 days!
    Our Summer Camps are always popular and we offer an early bird pricing so you can book your weeks and secure your spot. That early bird pricing goes from $139 per week currently and increases to $199 per week on May 1 st . To secure your spot just pay $50 per week that you want to reserve now, and then pay the remainder on the week of camp. Our Camps are one of the few (possibly the only one) in the area that welcomes teenagers too. Ages 6-17. Too learn more about our camp, follow this link to see our agenda: http://awmaa.com/blog/67988/Summer-2017-HYPER-Camp-Information#.WPY0W4grLic Follow this link to see a video of ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - NO MEANS NO

    NO MEANS NO

    NO MEANS NO KENYA works to provide simple, high impact Self- Defense training to as many women and children as possible worldwide. We believe prevention is key in the global rape epidemic. For far too long the overwhelming focus has been on aftercare strategies – this needs to change. It is believed that Self Defense training can raise a woman or child’s chance of prevailing in a sexual assault by up to 85%. No Means No Worldwide is a comprehensive rape prevention organization for girls and boys. We are a school based program that uses the IMpower system of violence prevention training. We teach classes in 6 week cycles, three times per school year, with the number of ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - BUDDY DAYS

    BUDDY DAYS

    BUDDY DAYS! The weeks right after graduation are a perfect time to bring a buddy to class with you. After graduation, you are learning new material and will be almost as lost as they are…just kidding. So, this week and all next week, April 4- 14 th is Buddy Days. Basically, you bring a friend to your regular class time, someone who has never been here before and will be a great student, just like you. You are going to help them learn some of your new material, together. It can be a friend from school, a coworker, someone from the neighborhood or a family member. Minor’s need their parents to come too and sign a waiver. You should only bring one buddy per ....

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  • OPEN HOUSE

    This Saturday, March 18th from 11 AM until 3 PM, Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy will be hosting an Open House in their new 6000 square foot facility at 5566 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton, in Cortez Commons Plaza, right next door to YouFit. Come join us for... • Amazing demonstrations from our students • Customized private lessons for guests • Special character development classes just for the preschoolers • Workshops in self-defense and bully proofing • Specialty classes in by our weapons masters in sword handling and basic nunchakus skills. • We will be giving away door prizes, through the day. • Akiko the Face Painter will be there ....

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  • IT IS TIME! WE ARE OPEN IN OUR NEW PLACE!

    We are so excited! Today is the day of our first classes in our new facility. It is in Cortez Commons, across from Walmart, right next door to YouFit. The address is 5566 Cortez Rd. W. Come visit and see our MUCH larger facility! For now, we are following our regular schedule which you can see on our blog here: http://awmaa.com/blog/62647/Schedule#.WL16bDsrLic But to make it easier, here it is for today:
    3:45 PM - Wee Warriors
    4:30 PM – Intermediate and Advanced
    5:15 PM – Beginners
    6:00 PM – Wee Warriors 6:00 PM - Bo Staff
    6:30 PM - Red Seniors and Black Belts
    7:15 PM – Jujitsu
    7:45 PM – Adults and Teens As I stated before, we ....

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  • New Studio Update. Grand Reopening, Monday March 6th!

    After seven years, today I hung a banner announcing that we moved, locked the door and turned to keys over to my attorney to return to the landlord. Time to focus on the present. At our new location, we got through our last inspection and everything is good. We still didn’t have water this morning though so I got with the city and they sent a nice guy out to check the meters. Sure enough, there was a problem and when we turned on the water valve outside, an uncapped pipe in the wall started filling an inside wall with water! Apparently, there was a drinking fountain attached to that wall at one time. We caught it quickly, but it still needs some work. Can’t have ....

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  • The move is nearly complete, but we aren't open yet...

    In case you missed it, Ancient Ways has moved to 5566 Cortez Rd. W. We hope to reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1 st , but we are waiting to hear from the City of Bradenton inspectors. We will keep you updated via our Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/ancientwaysma Or our Blog (probably where you are reading this): http://awmaa.com/blog#.WLVzozsrLic Or through email. We have had some of you tell us you don’t check your email, so we will also text. See the map below to find your best way to get to our new location, just a bit down the road. Better parking, easier to get to from the main roads, larger training hall, we can’t wait to start training and ....

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  • ALL HANDS ON DECK!

    So, I’m sitting in the new studio watching the carpet layers, flooring guys and painters put the finishing touches on everything. We are still waiting on the inspector tomorrow. I met our mirror guys yesterday and they are going to remove our mirrors, clean them up and install them in the new studio tonight. Due to the amount of work still to do, we are going to cancel all classes tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb 28 th . Not only is it about the move, but it is also about leaving our old premises in pristine and respectful condition. We got permission from the city inspector to go ahead and start moving things over, but we can’t put anything into place until the City of ....

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  • Disney World or the County Fair


    Disney World or the County Fair
    We had a dad who came in and asked about our programs a couple of years ago. My experience with him has been repeated dozens of times over my 35 years of teaching martial arts. I’ll tell his story, I just wish it was an isolated instance. His son did the trial for a month and loved it. He was a hardworking, smiling and happy boy. We immediately saw him as a future Black Belt. Dad was one of those parents who didn’t stay to watch class during the trial. He would drop him off and leave, sometimes he would sit in the car, on his phone or he would wander down to the bar at the other end of the plaza for a beer. ....

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  • Your Child’s Self-Esteem, Why It’s Important



    We know that when kids feel good about themselves and their accomplishments, they have a much easier time succeeding later in life. It can affect all areas of their lives, from their education to their personal life and even their career. Does your child have trouble coping with mistakes? Are they overwhelmed by new experiences? Are they afraid to try new things? When a child has positive feelings like self-acceptance or self-confidence, they handle all of that better. Feeling pride about their abilities and accomplishments can help kids do their best. On the other side of the coin, children with low self-esteem are more likely to feel unsure of themselves. If they are ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Ancient Ways Moving!

    Ancient Ways Moving!

    Many people are asking about our upcoming move and I’m sure a few people might not even know, yes, we are moving Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy. The date is to be announced, see below for details. WHY? This location has been great. We love it and it feels like home for many of us. It’s been praised by martial arts school owners from all over the world as one of the finest and most beautiful they have ever seen, (some are pretty bad though). So why leave? There is a lot of space here that we are paying for, that we cannot use. We have a huge, two bay garage that has such uneven flooring that we can never convert it into training space. We have a back room we ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Mindful and uncritical Repetitions

    Mindful and uncritical Repetitions

    The Power and Misunderstanding, of Mindful Repetition We tell our students constantly that there are three steps to success with anything, from playing a musical instrument to hitting a tennis ball to throwing a great spinning back kick. Those three things are: 1. Consistent practice – you can’t just work on it occasionally or haphazardly. Twice per week is a minimum. 2. Mindful and uncritical repetition – Embrace the repetitions, do them as well as you can but don’t get frustrated. Frustration just sets you backwards. 3. Over time – Nothing happens overnight. 50,000 repetitions done in a week are not going to be as effective as doing those same ....

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  • Martial Arts Commuters

    A while back, we had a family who moved to another state due to a career change. After a year, they moved back, they told us it was, in large part, because they weren’t happy with the choices of martial arts schools in their area (large metropolitan area with hundreds of schools) and they wanted to come back to Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy. Well of course, we were flabbergasted and honored to know that they moved back specifically to be here, at our school. We have students who drive from St. Petersburg, Tampa, Brandon (for 8 years now), Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Myakka City (an hour drive) and recently one who started commuting from Punta Gorda (easily over an hour away). Our ....

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  • Is your drive to be great some day in the future hampered by your lack of motivation today?

    People see us training in martial arts and say “I can’t do that.” What they mean is, “I know I should learn to do that, but I’m lazy, it will require some work and I don’t want to do it.” A politer way to say it might be, “My drive to be great someday in the future is hampered by my lack of motivation today.” No one likes what they see in the mirror. Everyone wants to improve; with their education, their profession, their physical appearance and their ability level. Unfortunately this isn’t the Matrix and you can’t just download greatness. Today’s society is infected with the instant gratifiers more than ever ....

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  • Fight Your Own Battle

    As I get older, I often think back to my competition years. I learned so much during those years. Our instructors would tell us all these things we could to to psych out our opponent. They taught us moves that would be unexpected and thus, give us an advantage. I remember using my own special kick, something I’ve never seen anyone else do, a spinning back roundhouse kick (don’t ask) to completely set a guy off his edge, so I could just trounce him afterwards. Some instructors would encourage less honorable strategies, such as throw one low shot early in the fight, take the warning from the referee and then the opponent would be second guessing you the rest of the fight, if ....

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  • Lesson of the Week - Don't Let Your Excuses Define Who You Are

    Once sunny afternoon we had a booth set up at some civic event. We have a prize wheel to spin, we were giving away free passes and t-shirts. We had students there doing demos and teaching impromptu workshops. While standing at the booth greeting people, a middle aged woman approached me. She smiled and asked, “Do you teach self defense at your martial arts school?” Now, please understand, I know not everyone gets what we do, but our restraint in moments like these is herculean. “Yes Ma’am,” I reply, trying desperately to not be sarcastic, then failing..., “Every single day.” “Oh no, I just want to take a single self defense ....

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  • Holiday Schedule

    Dec 19 th thru Dec 23 rd – Normal Schedule Dec 24 th , Closed Dec 26 th – 30 th – Adjusted Schedule, see below Mon 26 th Tues 27 th Weds 28 th Thurs 29 th Fri 30 th 4:30 PM – 5 PM Wee Warriors 4:30 PM – 5 PM Wee Warriors 5:15 PM – 6 PM Wee Warriors, KIDS & Adults—Obstacle Course! 5:15 PM – Kids (adults can come too) 5:30 PM – Weapons (Even non-Wolf Pack are welcome) 5:15 PM – Kids (adults can come too) 5:30 PM – HYPER (Even non-Wolf Pack are welcome) 6 PM – Wee Warriors (Dojo B) ....

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  • Mug Shots

    Mug Shots Most days as I’m reading through the local newspaper’s web site, I glance through the mugshots. Most days they are unknown faces and unknown names doing things I can’t even comprehend. But at least once per month I see a name I recognize. I then search through my notes in our database to discover, it is indeed, an ex-student. I keep pretty good notes when someone leaves, I make a point of writing down my last encounter with the student as well as the last conversation with the parents. I often will attempt to do a little parenting on their way out the door since they are quitting anyway. It hopefully plants a seed that they are making a mistake that could ....

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  • Manage Your Stress

    Do you have holiday Stress, seasonal depression, family pressures or anxiety about current events? All of these things can affect us in severely negative ways. Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Are stress, press ure and anxiety affecting you? Did you know that Master Brown is a meditation and relaxation specialist? When he worked in the psychiatric field, he offered weekly classes to the patients to help them learn to control their anxiety and stress levels. He would often have psychologists, ....

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  • The Shopper’s Self Defense Guide

    Holiday shopping can be a thrill. In a good way and even in a bad way. Adding a little self defense mentality can go a long way. Self Awareness
    You have society on your side. Potential criminals (for the most part) won’t just obnoxiously run up to you in front of a crowd and take your things. These criminals are looking for an opportune situation. As long as you are aware of your surroundings, you can prevent yourself from ever falling into one of these situations. Your own body is a part of your surroundings. It would be a foolish decision to count cash in public. This is something you should be aware of, and instead count your cash privately. The ultimate ....

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  • A Real Encounter

    People are always asking me to share stories of my self-defense experiences. I worked in a psychiatric hospital as a Recreational Therapist for several years and had tons of real-life experiences while there. Many of those I can only make brief references to and often do in my adult and teen classes. I want my students to know they aren’t just learning based on theory but on reality. Even before any of that, I had the occasional self-defense experience, being a little brother, the smallest cousin and a young man with a strong sense of right and wrong. While in college, I heard about an acquaintance of a friend who kicked his crazy girlfriend out of his car while it was moving, ....

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  • True Confidence vs False Confidence

    True Confidence vs False Confidence We are surprised to find some martial arts schools don’t actually test their students for their ranks, they just give it to them after they have attended a certain number of classes. Some don’t ever fail anyone or hold them back for a belt, and no matter how inappropriate a student’s behavior is, they will never kick them out or demote them. Since we do all of these things, I thought I should explain why. First, this is a martial arts school. This is not a martial arts amusement center. In school, students are expected to work and to pass, and if they don’t, they face consequences. The tradition of martial arts is ....

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  • Basics Guide to Successful Parenting

    Quick Guide to Being a Great Parent “Dad look at me,” the kids shout as they do something that to them is remarkable but to the parent it is a distraction from the football game, the chores they have to do, dinner to cook, clothes to fold, house to clean, work to do, etc and so on and so forth. Everyone who has kids thought they knew what they were getting into before hand, but it isn’t until after the little burrito arrives that most go, “What do you mean I can’t do [Insert Favorite Activity Here] anymore?!” Being a parent is the single most important job in the universe. And judging by the fact that Attila the Hun, Stalin and Hitler had parents, it ....

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  • When people quit

    “I just don’t have the drive to continue anymore. I know it was my goal, I know it’s good for me, but I just don’t want to do it anymore.” Yeah, we’ve all been there. You are not alone. In sports it’s called a plateau. That place where you just don’t seem to be improving, no matter how much you try. Or you just can’t keep yourself interested no matter how much you try. Many people get like this in school, with jobs and in relationships. The most successful people in the world wanted to quit at some point, but success doesn’t come from quitting. It comes from trying, trying and trying again until we succeed. Sooner or later, ....

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  • Three Steps To Help Deal With Bullying

    Three Steps To Help Deal With Bullying Bullying has become an epidemic in recent years. Yes, there have always been bullies, and yes, those bullies have always caused serious and lasting damage to their victims; however, bullying in the 21st century has changed – and not for the better. According to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, one in four students has reported that they were bullied during the school year and 14.8% of high school students in the United States have reported that they were bullied online. The consequences of bullying can be devastating. Victims are more likely to experience a decrease in their academic performance, anxiety, ....

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  • Modern Teaching methods

    I once had a traditional instructor show a take-down technique against a downward attack. He showed us once and told us to practice it. My partner and I asked a higher belt rank to show the technique again (it was against protocol for a lower belt rank to ask questions of the instructor, so you had to ask a higher belt rank). He didn’t know what the instructor had done either so indicated to him that we needed his help. The instructor stepped over and I asked him politely if he could show us he technique again, as we feel we missed some nuance of the drill. He replied with a condescending sneer, “No, I cannot. If you attack me the same way, I might do the same technique, but ....

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  • Not all martial arts schools are the same

    Not all martial arts schools are the same I remember 8 or so years ago, having these two students, a mom and her 8-year-old son. They were really loving class and doing fantastic. The boy was shy and starting to get the confidence to come out of his shell and the mom, for some reason, seemed like her confidence could use a boost as well. No matter, we were going to help them both. There was an older brother too, a teenager, but he didn’t sign up with them. Instead he just kind of stood in the lobby and watched class. I greeted him several times and even asked if he was interested in joining us, but he declined with a hesitant smile. Finally, one day, the mom ....

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  • Parent Lesson of the Week 9/6/2016

    Ancient Ways Parenting Tip of the Week How much respect would you have for a boss or a fellow employee who lost control and yelled all the time? Probably not much. You might tip-toe around them, but not out of respect. Parenting is like being a boss. Keep your cool and earn your child's respect. Set goals and consequences but more than anything, celebrate the successes and the depth of astonishing potential that is your child. "What far too many leaders (parents) do not understand is that an attitude of criticism, condemnation and cynicism throws the kill switch in the human spirit. Instead of turning people on, such communication shuts them down. Some people never ....

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  • Adult Lesson of the Week

    Student Lesson of the Week How Badly Do You Want To Succeed? When I first came back to teaching full time in 2004, I had a great business mentor, I still rely o n his genius frequently today. In one of my first conversations with him, he asked, “How late do you stay after classes are over to call leads and try to book intro classes?” I told him I thought it was bad manners to call after 9:00 PM. He replied, “Would you do it if someone held a gun to your head?” My first thought was about how to disarm anyone doing that, but I played along, “Of course,” I said. “Would you do it after 10 PM or after 11 PM if someone held a gun to your head,” ....

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  • Why we don't do After-School transportation

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  • Welcome Back Ethan

    THIS IS ETHAN Ethan's family moved away a year ago. Dad's career took them toMarietta, GA. Ethan is a great martial artist and I knew there were some great schools in and around Atlanta for him to train with. Jerry Groce's TigerRock, Kalman Csoka's school among many, many others. They have just moved back to Bradenton. Mom listed many reasons for the return, but she said one of the driving forces was to get him back to Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy. Welcome Back Ethan. ....

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  • Make Great Cake

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  • I'm afraid Martial Arts training will make my kid more violent?

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  • What Your Child Needs To Succeed

    What Your Child Needs To Succeed Your child is smart.
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    I had a mom tell me her son was unfocused and couldn’t concentrate in school. “Does he play any video games?” I asked. “Oh yes,” his mom said, “Do you think that’s the problem? Perhaps he plays them too much and it’s interfering with his focus.” “He probably does play them too much,” I ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Star and Knife Throwing Seminar

    Star and Knife Throwing Seminar

    Throwing Star / Throwing Knife Seminar Friday, July 22nd 7- 8:30 PM Learn how to throw real Ninja Throwing Stars and Knives. This class is open to all ages 7 and up but we expect mature and respectful behavior . $25 per person, everyone gets a star to take home. (Kids get safety stars) (941) 756-0800 www.awmaa.com ....

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  • Lost and Found

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  • Kovar Parenting Tip # 9

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Instructor Lessons

    Instructor Lessons

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  • Parenting Tip

    Parenting Tip of the Week This is tip 6 of a series provided by my friend and mentor, Dave Kovar. He has published several books and each one of these brief tips can drastically change the dynamic in your household. If you are interested in his books, they are available online in Kindle format or hard copy at Amazon.com. I am honored and privileged to have such a wise mentor and friend. Tip #6. Foster Independence - setting limits helps your child develop a sense of self-control. Encouraging independence helps them develop a sense of self-direction. To be successful in life, they are going to need both. They push for independence because it is part of human nature to want to feel in ....

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  • Kovar Parenting Tip #5

    Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy Parenting Tip of the Week This is tip 5 of a series provided by my friend and mentor, Dave Kovar. He has published several books and each one of these brief tips can drastically change the dynamic in your household. If you are interested in his books, they are available online in Kindle format or hard copy at Amazon.com. I am honored and privileged to have such a wise mentor and friend. TIP # 5. Establish and set rules - If you don’t manage your child’s behavior now when they are young, they will have a hard time learning how to manage themselves when they are older and you aren’t around. You should always be able to answer ....

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  • Parenting Tip

    Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy Parenting Tip of the Week This tip is part of a series provided by my friend and mentor, Dave Kovar. He has published several books and each one of these brief tips can drastically change the dynamic in your household. If you are interested in his books, they are available online in Kindle format or hard copy at Amazon.com. I am honored and privileged to have such a wise mentor and friend. Parenting Tip # 4. Adapt your parenting to fit your child - Make sure your parenting keeps pace with your child’s development. As they grow they will face new challenges and take new actions that you may not be ready for, but they are. ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Parenting Tip of the Week-Redirection

    Parenting Tip of the Week-Redirection

    Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy, Parenting Tip of the Week, THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE! 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 or sometimes, Butt Spinners. These are kids that are usually very young, about when we like to start them at age 3, but their focus and impulse ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Parent Tip of the week: Redirection

    Parent Tip of the week: Redirection

    BRADENTON AREA PARENTS Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy, Parenting Tip of the Week, THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE! 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 or sometimes, Butt Spinners. These are kids that are usually very young, about when we like to start them at age 3, but their ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Parenting Tip of the Week

    Parenting Tip of the Week

    Many don't realize it, but most kids who rebel as teenagers or even act out as younger kids, do so because they are making a subconscious play for power. The easiest way to do that is to act up with people who are going to forgive them and love them anyway. They are subconsciously trying to get a reaction, and any reaction will do, including punishment. Defiant, rebellious teenagers would never treat their friends like they treat their parents, they wou ld end up friendless, but their parents will always love them and subconsciously, they know this. Parents are safe targets for these power plays. Teenagers who trained in martial arts as kids, have a higher level of self-confidence and ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - It's Going to be Difficult...

    It's Going to be Difficult...

    Martial Arts is not always going to be fun, it’s definitely not always going to be easy. It’s not like a sport where you rely on the work of a team. It’s all on you. And you have to do it yourself or nothing gets done. Because of that, it teaches work ethic, you can’t skate through on the efforts of others. You also have to make yourself work and then keep working, when it gets tough, when it gets boring, when you think you’ve completed it and when you think it can’t get better, you have to keep going. Often there is no one there to make you keep going but yourself, so you learn self discipline. Nothing I've ever seen teaches work ethic and self discipline as effectively. Nothing. In ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Parenting Tip of the Week

    Parenting Tip of the Week

    Directive and supportive choices www.awmaa.com Good parenting isn’t about saying “No.” It’s about giving directive and supportive choices. So when my daughter was at “that age,” she asked me the question every dad gets from his daughter at that time, “Daddy, can I have a pony?” My response was quick, I don’t say “No” to my kids, I say yes with caveats. “Absolutely honey, you can have a pony, as soon as you are grown and have your own farm.” Then I redirect to get her focused on something else. “Do you want a farm when you are grown? What other animals will you have there?” Problem solved. I haven’t created animosity, I haven't spoiled her and I haven’t dis-empowered her. You want to ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - Self Discipline

    Self Discipline

    I remember being a teenager in Taekwondo, and an instructor asked several of us to practice our form (Called a Kata in Japanese or a Poomse in Korean. It’s a pattern of movements to help ingrain our training into our long term muscle memory). There were two other boys at the same belt rank and we were to do it together. We went through the form a couple of times and then the other boys decided to stare out the window, chat together and watch some of the other students. I was the only one who continued doing the form, but they would jump in and act like they were doing the form if the instructor looked over at us. I bet I ended up practicing the form close to a hundred times that day. This ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Bradenton - Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy - What’s Different About Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy

    What’s Different About Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy

    What’s Different About Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy Have you been to a different Martial Arts School and found it less than satisfactory? We can’t tell you about other schools or how they do things. We can tell you about us, and how we do things. If you had a bad experience somewhere else, it might be worth trying out our program. Don’t let one bad experience hinder you from training in great martial arts.
    We are all ProMAC (Professional Martial Arts College) Certified instructors.
    We are CPR and First Aid certified.
    Most of our instructors have trained internationally.
    This is our career, not a job, you and your family deserve that.
    As well as having ....

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  • Kids and Adults Martial Arts in Bradenton!


    Check out our new website for Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy!
    We proudly serve the Bradenton, West Bradenton, and Palmetto areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Summer Camps, and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click here to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google ....

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  • The Celtic Martial Arts

    The Celtic Martial Arts that Master Brown teaches doesn't really have a name, but he often refers to it as Fianna, after a famous group of warriors of ancient Ireland. These heroic warriors were trained in the use of many weapons as well as empty-handed techniques. The ancient Celts were a part of the much larger Indo-European peoples that have left their mark across Europe to Asia, and (according to the Vikings themselves) may even have preceded the Vikings to North America. There are some that compare the Indian religion of Brahmanism to the belief system of the ancient Celts, pointing out that these two cultures may have had a common ancestor. There is also some speculation arising that ....

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