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Stacey Gregory reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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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Good Friends Are Good for Your Health

Every single day, Sr. Master Janelle Gleisner talks to good friends she’s made in ATA.  Now that she is a member of the ATA headquarters staff, she has the luxury of talking to even more.  But it’s not just about doing her job.  She says the personal relationships she’s developed in her over 28 years in martial arts have created a global network of colleagues that has led to true camaraderie and friendship that reaches numbers far too great to count.

“I think that’s one of the strongest benefits of ATA,” says Gleisner who is the Vice President of Licensing and Sales for ATA’s international headquarters.  Whether Gleisner knows it or not, that benefit of ATA is also a benefit to her health!  It turns out that friendships are not only good for emotional well-being, but also for physical health.  Studies show that friendship can help keep your brain healthy, reduce anxiety and stress, and boost your immune system.

Looking for the fountain of youth? A study published by Personal Relationships in 2017, surveyed more than 280,000 people across nearly 100 countries about their nearest and dearest, along with their happiness and health, and found that people who placed more importance on friendship and family tended to say they were happier, more satisfied and healthier than those who didn’t.  And when it comes to the buddy system, it’s better to have a few great friends than a ton of mediocre ones.

Spending time with close friends, especially when sharing a passion such as with ATA, can even have physical effects.  The journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reported an article in 2015 that showed groups of people who had strong social connections had lower blood pressure and lower body mass index.

What’s more, those close friendships can support you in your Taekwondo training.  “It helps motivate you for the next testing or tournament,” Gleisner says.  “You have a group of people that you only see at ATA events, but it’s great because you come back to the next event and feel like you were just with them yesterday—socializing and having fun.”

For Sr. Master Sean Smith, time with ATA friends goes well beyond competition and the classroom—for him it went all the way to the altar!  Smith’s been a groomsman for ATA friend wedding and even had a Songahm buddy serve as best man in his own wedding.  He even met his wife through Taekwondo, traveling the tournament circuit.

“Regardless of when you start training, whether you’re a kid or an adult, the people you see at tournaments are going to be people who will follow you through your training all of your life.”  Smith says, “I tell my students to make sure they meet someone their rank, especially at Worlds or Nationals, so that you have a friend in this with you.”  Next time there’s a buddy event in your school, think hard about inviting someone to join you on this journey.  Do your health a favor and kick start your friendships!

 

So, what are some specific ways science has shown that friendships can help your health?  Here are a few:

  • They help you live longer and enjoy your time more.
  • Keep your mind sharp.
  • Gain confidence and learn valuable social skills.
  • Boost your immune system.
  • Challenge you to improve and try new things.
  • Lower stress levels and lessen depression.
  • Get through tough times.
  • Laugh, which has been linked to blood vessel functioning.
  • Adopt healthy behaviors. (A study by Current Opinion of Psychiatry showed that people who have a good network of family and friends tend to have healthier lifestyles, including eating more fruits and veggies, and even quit smoking.)

 

So how can you be better friend?  Here are some suggestions!

  • Celebrate! Compliment your friends when they do good things or achieve their goals. People want to be around people who make them feel good.
  • Try New Things. Invite your friend to Taekwondo!  It’s great to have a buddy in class.  Inversely, try something your friend has been asking you to do.  It will create mutual respect and a stronger bond.
  • Stay in Touch. Yes, you can send “HBD” when Facebook reminds you of a friend’s birthday.  But don’t lose sight of the power of a phone call or a card.  Keep connections personal.
  • Don’t Keep Score. You’re bound to compete against your buddies in ATA, but focus on the friendship—not the medal count.
  • Live Your Oath. The Songahm Spirit encourages us to use courtesy, loyalty and respect in our friendships.  Show these to your pals and expect the same in return.

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