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Amelia Richards reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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Martial arts has an amazing part of my life. I began training when I was 10 years old and thought I was only starting a new "hobby" when I joined. As I grew older and began to appreciate my teachings, I learned many life skills and values such as teamwork, discipline, respect, and the importance of dedication to your studies both in and out of the dojo. AKKA has been so much more than just a workout class for me. Mr. Burt has been an important role model in my life, a father figure even, who has challenged me to become a better me, to never give up and to strive for excellence. I have met many amazing people and achieved things I never thought possible for myself. I would not be who I am today without my Kenpo family and appreciate all of their support during my journey to becoming a black belt.

Amanda Scarlett reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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We checked out this karate school as a trial to see if it would help my son focus better in school. It worked so well we have decided to sign up as a student mr. Burt and the other teachers make us feel at home. I am so thankful for all they have done for my son

Melinda Hawley reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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My 16 year old son, 11 year old son, and myself are loving taking karate as a family at AKKA!! Tom is a great teacher who is very good with all levels of students... he is very knowledgeable and makes it easy to understand what he expects... My boys were in karate classes when they were younger, but when their instructor left, my boys didn't enjoy karate anymore... Tom makes karate enjoyable and more about the art instead of the fight!! I highly recommend this karate school to anyone at any age!! #thefamilywhokicktogethersticktogether

Luis Ruben Miranda Vizcaino reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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The best place to learn and/or excel in all aspects of life (Mind, Body, and Heart). They work with you, care about you, connect with you, help you improve, the list goes on. Great environment, all inclusive, Mr Burt is an amazing instructor, and the benefits you gain never seem to end. I'm always excited to walk in the door and feel like the best version of me as I walk out.

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Always find ways to challenge your self

One of my teachers told me years ago to always find a way to challenge your self and I have tried (successfully and in vain) to pass this on to my students over the years. Eons ago, it seems, this began with my own introduction to martial arts training. Then it was things like riding 150 miles on my bike, competing in bodybuilding and hiking the Grand Canyon.

Well today the teacher became the student once again.

I have always been leary of rope climbing. Thanks to Coach Carl I was “encouraged” to do them for todays MetCon. You know, that kind of encouragement that expects you to do something rather than suggests it. (My students know what I am talking about.) It has never been about climbing high but about losing grip strength and not being able to hold on as I climb. Even with my coache’s encouragement I came close to just opting for the burpees instead. But I decided today to NOT let that fear…no matter how small…to get the better of me. Knots in the rope help tremendously but there were a couple of times during my 10 times up and down that 12 or so foot rope that I was worried and one time I did lose grip…luckily only about 5 feet up. But I stayed focused, kept going and got it done!

I joined Crossfit Cerberus to become a “white belt” again. To begin as a newbie and progress with something that is going to challenge and push me to be better. I have never asked my students to do anything I am not willing to do myself. This is one way I am doing this.

If we do not embrace our fears as opportunities to improve then we will remain in a rut….which is a grave with the ends open. We will never truly become the best version of our selves unless we intentionally get out of our comfort zone and DO things that MAKE us go beyond what we think we are capable of. Today it was rope climbs and I am still a bit anxious with them. But not to the point where I will avoid them next time. I have done them once…I CAN and WILL do them again. Conquering fear is a process, not an outcome. It takes commitment, dedication and perseverance; but in time even the most daunting challenges CAN be overcome!