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Stacey Gregory reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My family has been with McDonough ATA for several years now and we love it! The staff here is very friendly and Ms. Johnson especially is very helpful and goes out of her way to answer questions and give help wherever and whenever needed.

Carey Klement Daughtry reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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If you want your child to defend themselves against all the challenges that life will bring them as they grow and develop, you need to enroll in this school. I am especially impressed with their "Leadership Program". This school doesn't just teach students to "pass" which is what it seems our youth only cares about... this school raises the bar and tells it's students to go beyond "passing" and EXCEL.

Becca Nell reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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The staff is highly qualified and makes a point to get to know every student individually. They are genuinely concerned that each student is achieving their maximum potential. They are very organized and the studio is kept clean. They also offer numerous other activities that are fun and even offer parent's night out.

Ashley Westphall-Carr reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My kids have gained so much from going there. They are more respectful and have gained so much self-confidence. I would recommend ATA of McDonough to anyone wanting to take martial arts. My daughter just had her birthday party there in the staff was wonderful. They made her feel so special. Thanks ATA!!!

Stacey Coada reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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This place is a great place for kids of all ages and adults. Very family oriented even if you are just a parent not taking classes you are invited to watch and kept informed of all things going on. Very patient staff and teachers are phenomenal with the fact that all kids/people learn differently and they teach individually while still keeping the group learning as a whole. Walked into the building on a whim and ended up letting my daughter take classes for 4 years and becoming a 2nd degree black belt. She was strong willed stubborn and kinda hard to teach however all the teachers and staff were patient and kept calm helping her to learn respect and to follow rules and also respect to others who may not learn as quick as her so in the end she became a leader willing to help other struggling students. Highly recommend anyone thinking about taking classes to check this place out.

Nims Harris reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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We've been with McDonough ATA for a year now and the growth and positive changes we've seen are incredible. Our family have noticed the changes and have copied what we are doing in one way or another. Staff is great, friendly, and their families are a part of the Black Belt journey as well. Talk about putting your mouth where your money is. Gold Star

Callie Hamric reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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We absolutely adore this studio. My daughter is 4 and she loves her karate instructors and everything she learns! Today they learned about what to do if someone tries to kidnap them and I think it is absolutely wonderful that they teach this! The people are wonderful! I also am so happy that they are so accepting of all cultures. My daughter has two moms and they are more than welcoming of it!

Allison Knight Fedorowicz reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My kids love ATA! My 7 year old is in the after-school program and begs to attend every camp and parents night out. A four-year-old has already told me he wants to join the after-school program next year when he starts kindergarten. They have both learned so much: martial arts, anti-bullying, self-defense, respect, discipline, and more. I love seeing the look of accomplishment on their faces every time they advance to the next belt. They love their instructors and the friends they have met along the way. What a great experience!

Krista Panick Crews reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My son and I have been attending this school for about three years now. Great people, great curriculum, ATA rocks

Shelia Evans Gatlin reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My son is 7 years old and last month marked one year he has been enrolled in classes. McDonough ATA is about so much more than learning cool karate moves. For example, the oath they begin and end class with..."I promise to be a good person, to have knowledge in my mind, honesty in my heart, strength in my body, and make good friends." McDonough ATA and the wonderful instructors reinforce everything (and more) that we are teaching our son at home. Core values...honesty, loyalty, manners, tolerance, commitment, perseverance, discipline, self-confidence, encouragement, empathy, citizenship...I could go on! Not to mention the friendships and bonds he has formed with his classmates...priceless. ATA McDonough excels in molding and creating good people to be our country's future leaders.

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Becoming Bully Proof

It is true that Bullying has been around since the beginning of time, the can cause serious and lasting damage to others not just physically but mentally and emotionally.  However, the intensity and nature of bullying has changed in recent times- and not for the better.

  • EVERY 7  MINUTES  A  CHILD  IS  BULLIED
  • 85% OF  THE  TIME,  THERE  IS  NO  INTERVENTION
  • EACH DAY,  160,000  STUDENTS  MISS  SCHOOL DUE  TO  BULLYING
  • BULLYING IS  THE  LEADING  FACTOR  IN  SUICIDE AMONG  KIDS  11-16  YEARS  OLD
  • BY AGE  24,  60%  OF  BULLIES  HAVE  BEEN CHARGED  WITH  A  CRIME
  • 34% (1  OUT  OF  3)  OF  ALL  CHILDREN  REPORT BEING  BULLIED  REGULARLY  SEVERAL  TIMES  A  YEAR
  • 86% OF  CHILDREN  AGED  12-15  REPORT  BULLYING HAS  INTERFERED  WITH  THEIR  STUDIES MODERATELY  OR  SEVERELY

 

The consequences of bullying can be devastating. Those who are bullied are more likely to experience a decrease in their academic performance, anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems.  Those who bully and are being bullied are experiencing  the same as those who are bullied but in addition, they are more likely to get into fights, vandalize property, drop out of school, have higher risk of abusing alcohol and substances, and are more likely to have criminal convictions and traffic citations.  By age 24, 60% of bullies have been charged with a crime and 40% of them had 3 or more convictions.

To become BULLY PROOFED- It takes constant training in teaming up with positive peers and building confidence to empower ourselves and others to overcome the struggles of bullying.  There’s no better confidence than self-defense confidence where students practice expressing themselves with their mind, body, and hearts in confidence, focus, and discipline both internally and outwardly to the world.  The practice of self-defense, timing, agility, and discipline help students learn to overcome obstacles thereby building self esteem and confidence.  True confidence is learned through overcoming what was once impossible and training is the path to doing so. Here are some beginning tips to becoming BULLY PROOFED:

Be Confident

Typically, bullies tend to prey on those who appear to lack confidence and who are unsure of themselves. If a bully sees that someone is lacking confidence, he or she is more likely to target that individual and harass that person.

Being confident is one of the most effective ways to avoid being bullied.  Kids need to have inner confidence, and they need to be able to project that confidence outward. Parents can help build their children’s confidence by building them up and supporting them. When children know that they are valued, they automatically have confidence. Kids can exude their inner confidence by standing tall, making eye contact, being friendly and taking pride in their appearance.

 

Gain the Support of Friends

One or two great friends is worth more than 100 fair-weather friends.  This is especially true if someone wants to avoid being bullied.  Kids should pick their friends wisely, and should gather their support.  Remaining in contact with those friends – walking down the school halls with them, sitting with them on the bus, or eating with them in the cafeteria – will prevent a bully from targeting a child. Typically, bullies tend to take aim at children who are ‘loners.’ Support from friends is a highly powerful force against bullies.

 

Stand Up for Yourself

If a bully does start to attack, a child should not only know that it is OK to stand up for him- or herself, but that standing up must be done.  If a child encounters someone who is saying or doing hurtful things, that child should exert his or her inner confidence, stand tall, look the bully in the eye and tell him or her to stop it. Once the child tells the bully to stop, he or she should walk away and move on. Letting the bully see that he or she has impacted the victim will only make him or her feel successful, which will make him or her want to try again.

Kids have the power to stop bullies, and martial arts help them find that power. By following these tips, children can avoid being the victim of such cruel behavior and avoid the lasting consequences of bullying.

For martial arts programs specializing in martial arts for children, please visit: https://www.ata-bba.net/program/kids-martial-arts/  OR visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mcdonoughata.  For information on our Transported After School Martial Arts Program, please visit:  https://www.ata-bba.net/program/transported-after-school/

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