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Amelia Richards reviewed AKKA Independence
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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
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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
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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
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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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Practicing Practice

Well, here we are once again with the back to school season.
This can be an exciting time  with lots of new things.

  • new grade
  • new teachers
  • new school supplies
It can also be a very chaotic time with schedule changes, extracurricular activities and homework projects. With this in mind I would like to emphasize the importance of staying on track with our karate training. With the turbulence of the new school year approaching it is the consistency of coming to class and practicing that can balance the academic whirlwind.
Last month’s theme in the Juniors class was “Practice”. In our academic schools the teachers give out homework so students will learn the lessons being taught in the classroom. The karate “school” is no different. As instructors we expect our students to practice their “homework” to learn their new and improve their previous material.
Getting good in school…academic and karate…is simple…practice, practice, practice.
That is the secret! As my teacher has said, “I have never seen repetition not work.”
So, as parents, the key to our child’s success in their schoolwork and their karate training is…
“Practice, right Mr. Burt?”
NO! That is their job.
Our job is support and encouragement!
Our kids will succeed to the degree we SUPPORT  them in their endeavors…PERIOD!
“Well, how do we do that Mr. Burt?”
I am glad you asked. I will answer in the context of their karate training.
Stay and watch class. Then, during the ride home, say these words: “I really enjoyed watching you tonight” and then tell them something specific that you liked seeing.
If you are unable to stay (really think about what that might mean) then when you see them at home ask them to show you what they learned and then tell them something good about what they showed you. CONSISTENTLY bring them to their lessons. Make up any missed classes!!!
Hold them accountable to practicing at home. Just like you would expect them to get their school work done…be sure to let them know that it is important to you that they stay on top of their karate “homework”. And be actively involved in this, especially if your child is not a self motivator…most are not. Call their moves for them. Set a timer and have them run their kata until it goes off. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out session. 10-15 minutes. One chart per day. A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.
And parents…this kind of support is a practice as well. We need to practice this kind of support consistently, over time. If we show our kids that we care about what they are doing just as much…wait…even more so…as they do then they cannot help but be encouraged and are virtually guaranteed success.
Take care and I will see you in class.