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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.

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How you “feel” is IRRELEVANT!

At first this may sound kind of callous…

“You mean you don’t care Mr. Burt?”

Yes, but not in the way you think.

When we let how we feel dictate what we do we relegate all accomplishment to when we are feeling good and nothing gets done when we are feeling less than our best.

Look at it this way. What would your boss say if you told them you don’t feel like showing up for work? What would your kids teacher say if your kid said they didn’t feel like going to school?

Our karate training is a tool to strengthen our self discipline and this means we come to class and practice EVEN and ESPECIALLY when we don’t feel like it. If we only did things when we felt like it we would never accomplish anything.

I get it, I really do. I can be lazy with the best of them. Just ask Mrs. Burt! (Ha!)

But I also know I am never going to be my best version of me by only doing things when I feel like it. It’s like lifting weights. I can buy the equipment or get a membership to a gym but if I never use it I am never going to get the benefits that come from working out.

One of the reasons I joined a CrossFit gym is I needed to be made to do what I would not do on my own. That is the same reason you came to the karate school. That is a teachers/coaches job. To MAKE you do what you wouldn’t do on your own so you can be your best version of you.

So, do I care about you…Yes! I want the best for you and I will do my best to give you the best training experience I know how to give so you can be your best version of you.

Do I care about how you feel? Let’s rephrase that question.
Do I care about the fact that you don’t feel like coming to class, sitting low, hitting hard, practicing at home, kiai loud…in other words…do I care about the fact you may not feel like doing what I expect of you as a student here at AKKA

NO…your feelings/opinions don’t matter. Why?

Remember…my job is to MAKE you do what you wouldn’t do on your own so you can be your best version of you.

Take care and see you in class…
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