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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
via Facebook

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.

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Embrace the Challenges

Living like a warrior means embracing the inevitability of hardship rather than fleeing from it; for the identity of a warrior is not destroyed by adversity…it is strengthened through it. Bill Perkins

As martial artists challenge is an integral part of our training…because that is how we get BETTER. The techniques are actually metaphors for overcoming challenge. The attacker on the street poses a challenge that must be overcome to preserve the safety of our self and our loved ones. We don’t get to tell the street predator to come back later when we are ready or more prepared. We have to do the best we can, in the moment with the skills we possess.

From a physical and mental standpoint the skills we learn on the mat are challenges in and of themselves. Learning something new or at a higher level of proficiency challenges us to improve. We get in better shape, feel more confident and gain skills that can protect us if we need them. This must translate to our lives off the mat as well. Overcoming injustices, provocations, bad luck and just “life” helps us become stronger and more resourceful.

It is circumstances which show what men are. Therefore, when difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough opponent. “For what purpose?” you may say. Why, that you may become as an Olympic conqueror; BUT, it is not accomplished without sweat. In my opinion no man has had a more profitable difficulty than you have had, IF you choose to make use of it as an athlete would deal with a young antagonist.

The martial arts journey is not about easy victories or fortunate outcomes. These are of little value. Instead it is about embracing the Warrior mindset to seek out worthy opponents who will challenge your skills and help make you the best version of you that you can be!

A Gladiator deems it a disgrace to be matched with an inferior and knows that to win without danger is to win without glory. Seneca

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
Marcus Aurelius.

So, when the challenges of training, and of life, come…and they will…embrace them as opportunities to improve rather than run from them and remain as those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Take care and see you in class…
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