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Mallory Snyder reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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I recommend AKKA Karate kenpo kids class in Independence! The instructors are knowledgeable. The classes are well planned and executed. Students are engaged and learning. It's a holistic program that teaches not only self defense, discipline, and self confidence, but other values such as cooperation and teamwork.

Heather Mingo reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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My son Malachi has been going to AKKA since the summer of 2015 and he absolutely loves it. I have seen such a change in him since he started. When I first brought him he struggled with paying attention and seemed hyper. He was a sore loser and would cry and throw tantrums when he would lose or not get his way. Now he is very attentive and respectful and has a place to let out a lot of his hyper energy. He has grown so confident and is proud when he wins, but can accept loss with out becoming angry or crying. What it has done for him physically is amazing too. I can see the muscles developing in his legs and abs. I can see his punches and kicks getting better and better. It also makes me feel safe knowing he is learning how to protect and defend himself in the dangerous world we live in. Mr. Burt is absolutely amazing with the kids. He Co-authored a book BullyProof and also teaches the kids how to react in bully situations which is so important because kids and teens will be facing these challenges at school and in real life. My daughter Makayla is four and just started going last week with her brother. She is just overjoyed. Everyday she keeps asking when class is next! If you are looking for the best martial arts school in Independence and the KC area this school is it hands down!!!! AKKA has been such a blessing to my family.
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Keri Perry reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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I love this place so much... Mr. Burt is a phenomenal teacher who is great with kids and adults alike. I’m a small woman who wanted to learn some self defense techniques... but as time goes on, I discover so much more about karate and it’s depths. This has turned my interest into a passion I deeply love. I’ve had the opportunity to attend many of the classes here... kick boxing, tai chi, karate... All of them are excellent and teachers always meet students exactly where they are, both mentally and physically. AKKA Independence is the perfect place for people of any age or gender who want to challenge themselves and grow.

Heather Kellam reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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We started Karate January 2018. My then 3 year old had a hard time staying still and had never been in any type of class before. Mr. Burt and his staff were very patient and understanding and worked closely to Damon to help him gain confidence. He even allows Helicopter mom's like me on the mat to help out when my kid seems to be straying. Damon turned 4 in April, and since January, I can see the changes in his behavior and attention.

Mr. Burt has a knack for making the class fun and interesting for the kids, respectful, and gives the kids opportunities to correct their mistakes. Kenpo Kids isn't just about the kids, however- As a parent, Mr. Burt and his teachings are making me a better parent. Being in Karate has been a positive change for both Damon and I, and I'm so thankful to have found this place.

Heather Egnor reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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Tom Burt is one of the only fitness kickboxing teachers that ever motivated me to move at 300 plus lbs. That's why we brought our son Jacob here to be motivated like I was. He absolutley loves it such great teachers. They teach respect disicpline focus and self defense. Jacob is high energy ADHD and this is first sport and school that has motivated him off the couch. Thank you Mr. Burt

Lindsey Alford reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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The instructors are amazing! My son is 4 and they keep his attention while still making class fun. Taking karate has already helped his self confidence, his stamina, and his strength. He is proud of his achievements in karate and loves to show off his moves. I highly recommend AKKA karate in Independence!

Amanda Warner reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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My 10 year old son has been learning karate here for almost two months. It has been great! He absolutely loves attending and refuses to miss his "karate days". I've seen the pride and smile on his face when he earns a new stripe on his belt and it is absolutely amazing to see!

However, and more importantly, I've been able to watch him fail at his stripe test. This was the moment that I dreaded. My son has ADHD and very little impulse control. My son does not take failure well. Failure for him usually comes with him yelling and angry, negative words towards himself and others around him. I watched him fail... and I waited with baited breath... I watched my son sit quietly back on the mat, put his head in his hands and MENTALLY work through it?!?!?! (A completely new direction for him) I then watched as his classmates gave him fist bumps and told him he did great and he would definitely pass with more practice, encouraging him! I watched as Mr. Burt came over to talk to him after class and encourage him. And then I watched as my son walked out, after class, smiling, saying he was "gonna practice and get better" so he could pass when he tried next time.

In two months I have watched my son make friends, have fun, learn patience and learn to mentally work through his frustration without lashing out at himself, or others. I have watched him take pride in his success and finally grasp the idea that failure isn't such a bad thing, but something he can use to strengthen himself.

Great Class! Great Teachers! Great Environment!

Samantha Weavers reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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In one year my daughter has grown so much. She started karate as something to do and stay active and now it is part of her. She has worked hard over this last year and has showed her dedication to learning more and more every week. It has shaped how she has grown over the last year not just in her practice on and off the mat but how she treats those around her especially at school. She has been the model student at school and is friends with everyone. On the mat I notice her looking around making sure everyone is understanding what they are supposed to do. At school she is on the Lighthouse team and is a leader to others and helps those she sees struggling. I am so happy that a little over a year ago I sent a message asking about karate classes for her I truly think it has been one of the best experiences for her.

Amelia Richards reviewed AKKA Independence
5
via Facebook

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
via Facebook

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
via Facebook

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.

Briana Pace reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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My son is 8 and has been at AKKA several months now. I have seen so many changes in him. I needed a keep busy sport for him to do, and he always wanted to do Karate. He is a natural at it. Mr. Burt is the best instructor and my son Trey looks up to him. He is great with the kids. My son had started to get an attitude that has completely gone away thanks to Mr. Burt and AKKA. I am forever grateful.

Jenisha Brock reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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The owner Mr Burt is awesome with the kids and had very important teaching methods that all the children understand. Mr Pierce and Mr Sherley are also instructors there and also very good with all the students. My granddaughter has been going since April. She's 6 and dedicated. Mr Burt is her mentor!! I love AKKA Karate so much, it inspired me to join class. I love it

Matt Keeton reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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I'm loving attending here. Until friends of mine convinced me to start attending because this dojo had trainers that were very aware of many different aspects necessary for martial arts, it had always been a "Bucket List" item for me. Now it's turning into a reality with a detailed plan in place that Mr. Burt goes over with you from the beginning. Can't say enough good things about it!

David Gulley reviewed AKKA Independence
5
via Facebook

This class is great. I love that it places physical fitness as a must. Too often you find Dojos that just put you through the motions and do not teach you to be physically ready as well. I also like that we are able to learn at put own pase. There is no over bearing push to test for your next belt if YOU don't feel you are ready. And the instructors are all very open and ready to teach and work a little extra with you to help you succeed. And Mr. Burt, although he is very busy he will always make time for any of his students if they need him. Over all, I would recommend this school for anyone. They are the future of Karate training.

Nick Hubbard reviewed AKKA Independence
5
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Awesome class very motivating and friendly atmosphere I love that they work on your physical strength along with teaching u the art of self defense. I just earned my gold belt and not only have I learned what was needed I've also learned alot about myself and what I can do.there is no judgment here if need help they will do what they can to see u be successful.

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21 Reasons NOT to join a Karate School!

Yep…I am going to give you 21 reasons not to get off of the proverbial (or literal) couch and begin training in the martial arts.  I mean you are not in good enough shape to begin gaining the valuable benefits from doing karate! Better sort that out before you get on the mat. And all of those crazy kicks and techniques are too difficult right? Why would anyone put themselves through that? You are already stressed out with life to add ANOTHER iron to the fire. Plus, you are pooped all the time and adding another thing to your schedule just isn’t going to fit anyway. And then there is the money…sheesh. Let’s face it, you are just not cut out to begin a journey that could actually improve your life.

I’m sorry…you are right! Here are 21 reasons (with considered responses) that you can pick from the next time you are thinking about taking karate lessons or your karate crazy friend asks you to come in for an Introductory Lesson:

  1. I need to get in shape before I start something like this.It’s OK…you are not ready yet. But what is ready and will you truly ever be ready? Odds are when you begin lessons your idea of what being in shape “enough” will change. You are going to be the newbie…that’s a given…but we have all been there and no one is going to look down on you because of it.
    CAUTION: You just might get in shape while you are doing it too!
  2. Karate schools are intimidating. Yes, they can be. But most new things are like that. We have this idea that karate schools are rough and tough places where we will get beat up or it is a kids activity. You want to know something. I thought the same thing BUT I found out that most schools are nothing like the ideas I had in my head. Today, schools are just that, schools where students gather to learn something to become the best version of themselves they can be. Once you get a few lessons under your belt you will realize that it will ultimately be worth it. CAUTION: You just might build some self confidence by doing karate!
  3. I am too old. Please watch THIS. You are not too old! Our oldest student at AKKA is 78 and he started when he was 60! CAUTION: You might find training will improve things like your flexibility and strength which will help you feel younger!
  4. It’s too difficult/I can’t do it. Yes, it is difficult but YOU CAN DO IT! Anything worth doing is difficult…it takes time and it takes effort. Being married or having kids is tough and there is no instruction manual to help you. If you don’t want to do it because you honestly have no interest then that is perfectly OK. Buy if you are telling me that you aren’t doing it because it is too difficult and you are afraid of failing then, my God…I don’t even want to know you. Too difficult? That is, honestly, a piss poor attitude. The martial arts teaches us to overcome challenges and manage the difficulties in our life because you don’t get to tell the attacker on the street to go away because defending yourself is “too difficult”. You have to manage the situation to the best of your ability, in the moment! The challenges of martial arts training are small compared to the challenges of our lives. Overcoming them ion the mat helps us develop the mental fortitude to overcome them off the mat. CAUTION: You may find you are capable of doing more that you think you can do!
  5. I don’t have time. Yes you do! Everyone on the planet has the exact same amount of time every single day…no more, no less. It is what we do with the time we have that is important. Everyone can make adjustments to accommodate training. I will bet if you count up the hours spent on screen time alone you could find 2 hours a week to make it to a martial arts class. Hear me now…I have used this same excuse (and that is exactly what it is…an excuse) but what I was really saying is I am not motivated to MAKE THE TIME. Having or not having time is a choice we make on how we manage the time we have. CAUTION: You might like it so much you look for things to clear from your schedule so you can do karate!
  6. I need to get my life sorted out first. I have no doubt that there are things in your life that need some attention…but why first? If it hasn’t been sorted out by now, what is going to change to immediately to enable you to do so? The perfect time doesn’t exist! The hardest step is the first one but I encourage you to take it. CAUTION: Training may actually inspire you to make those other changes!
  7. I don’t have the money. While not everyone has the same amount of cash on hand it is how we manage it that is important. I would bet, if you tracked your spending for a month, you could find things to cut that are not necessary (eating out as much, subscriptions you no longer use, etc) that would free up enough cash to cover a month of lessons. CAUTION: Investing in yourself has been shown to lead to improved health, reduced stress and overall well being!
  8. It’s not safe/I might get hurt. With any activity there are always risks. The risks of martial arts training are no worse than playing a sport or driving your car to work. It’s all in your head. As well, most reputable schools have strict safety precautions in place to reduce the risk of injury. CAUTION: As you train you might find yourself getting stronger and becoming more self confident!
  9. That karate stuff’s just not my cup of tea. Karate is a tool that we use to improve our body, mind and spirit. The physical movements are designed not only for self defense but health defense. We are learning to use our bodies in the most efficient way possible. So looking at it this way, it’s for everyone! It’s for life! It’s like insurance…you hope you never need it but if you do you are glad you have it. Besides, when the zombies come, you don’t want to be the one who doesn’t know what to do, right? CAUTION: You might start liking it!
  10. I don’t need to learn all those crazy, fancy moves like I see in the movies. First of all, that’s the movies…it’s not reality. Secondly, who says you have to take it to that level? You owe it to your self, your spouse/partner, your kids and grand kids to be the best version of you possible. CAUTION: You might end up learning some pretty cool stuff!
  11. I don’t need to learn self defense; I already know how to fight. No worries. BUT martial arts is NOT about knowing how to fight. It is about managing conflict. Odds are we will never have to use these skills against another human being. But, like insurance, they are available when needed. More importantly, however, is not the battle against someone else, but the battle within our selves. Think outside the box and gain insight into how to win the battle of the mind. CAUTION: You might improve how you feel about yourself in the process!
  12. I am fine doing what I am doing now. Great! But what this really means is you are happy doing the same thing for a long time. Another word for this is stagnation. We get in a comfort zone and fail to see that we are actually making no progress with our efforts. We cannot adapt and improve by doing the same thing over and over and expect different results. This is actually a popular definition of insanity. Get out of your comfort zone…try something new. You will be glad you did. CAUTION: Trying new things has been shown to improve self confidence, increase knowledge and help you break out of a rut!
  13. I have a back, shoulder, knee (etc.) thing. I have seen folks in wheelchairs do karate. We have a blind student at AKKA. I saw a student test for Black Belt with a broken ankle (she had a support boot on but she did it!). Training can be modified to accommodate almost any condition. The goal is self improvement. CAUTION: You may find that training actually helps your injury get better!
  14. I’m an adult; I don’t need a teacher. SERIOUSLY? All of us need guidance and direction. I even have a teacher and I have been doing this for over 2 decades. It is a fact that feedback from a qualified instructor is essential for improvement and progress. As well, good teachers make us do what we would not necessarily do on our own. We are here to make you the best you can be. Unless you don’t want to improve? CAUTION: Good teachers have been shown to become like trusted friends or family!
  15. I am not built for it…too small, too big, etc. I honestly don’t know what this means other than you are grasping at straws to find an excuse. Our bodies are built to move and karate is all about motion! Many people stop moving (being active) as they get older and this leads to all kinds of health problems; the biggest one being death. I saw it with my own grandparents. I am more active in summer than in winter and I definitely feel a difference in my body when I stop moving as much. If you are losing your ability to move well then that is on you. Start training now to avoid problems later. CAUTION: Increasing motion has been shown to reduce stress, improve balance and flexibility and increase longevity!
  16. I already do karate. Great! Keep going! CAUTION: Don’t quit!
  17. I don’t like groups. I just want to train on my own. As humans we are social creatures. We are made to interact with each other. The cool thing about group classes is that they are high energy and it creates a social atmosphere when people consistently do something together.  Working through challenges together creates a team mentality and everyone knows more can be accomplished when we work together. The social aspect of training also lends itself to a type of extended family. I have seen people find their spouses from training with someone in class.I have met some of my best friends through karate. CAUTION: You might make a friend…watch out!
  18. I hate…(insert whatever it is here). All the more reason to do it. We do not grow by only doing things we like to do. We have to challenge our selves with difficult things to stretch our limits and improve. The quickest way to make progress is to do things we find difficult. CAUTION: Training betters our strengths and improves our weaknesses!
  19. I just want to learn a few basic self defense moves. I am not interested in belts or ranks. The benefit of traditional martial arts training is that there are benchmarks of progress in the form of a belt system. This is not just a sport or hobby. It is an educational endeavor by which we work on skill mastery toward self mastery. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t benefit from continued education. CAUTION: Learning something new helps us do better so we can be better.
  20. My friend says (insert pessimistic comment here)/school got a bad review. Does your friend know from experience or is it second hand information. Word of mouth and referrals from people you trust are powerful. But NOTHING beats doing it yourself. I can describe how orange juice tastes all day but it will not do justice to you taking one drink. Online reviews can help inform you but I honestly don’t trust any place that doesn’t have a negative review or two. Abraham Lincoln said we cannot please everyone. And I don’t want to. I am looking for students who are serious about their own personal growth and development and are willing to see for themselves. CAUTION: Form your own opinions or you will be subject to the whims of others.
  21. But…(insert other excuses here). If after reading this the next word in your head is “But…” Then stop reading now. You need to get straight with yourself and stop making excuses.
    Everyone has a BIG BUT! Get rid of it! It’s just another excuse!On the other hand, if you are thinking that I might be on to something and that there are some valid points here then I encourage you to do yourself a favor and contact a school near you. Make a commitment to at least try an Introductory Lesson (most schools offer a free class to try it) and hold yourself accountable enough  and be proud that you took a step in the right direction. CAUTION: You might catch yourself making the best decision of your life!