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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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Getting and Giving the Message

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Communication.  Colleges and universities offer degrees in communications.  Major businesses and corporations devote entire departments and staff to managing their message and getting it out to the public. It is a complex and vital life skill but what makes communication so important?

As defined by the Cambridge Dictionary of American English, communication means “The process by which messages or information is sent from one place or person to another.”  Or, as the ATA Leadership Program book explains, “Communication is the link between me and world.”

Master Sean Berry, 6th Degree Black Belt and owner at Pride Martial Arts in Chula Vista, Calif., said he believes communication is “extremely” important, whether you are speaking or being spoken to.  He also stressed the importance of “how the students communicate in classes and outside the school, how they look, how they listen, and how they talk.”

Communication is derived from the word “common” meaning “equal.”  Successful communication then requires that we find common ground by making sure our communication is seen, heard and felt.

Nonverbal, or visual, communication relies on body language and appearance to deliver the message while verbal communication refers, obviously, to the way we use our voices (tone, choice of words, volume and pitch).  Physical communication invokes an appropriate touch while speaking, a friendly pat on the back, for example and giving praise.

We can also communicate with ourselves, which takes practice, as we teach ourselves to grow into the type of person we want to be.  And finally, there is outward communication, maintaining that link to everything and everyone around us.

All forms of communication, if used effectively, can help give you an important edge during class, belt testing or even competition.

“From the moment you step into the ring, you need to be on it.  I tell my students, like a light switch,” Berry said.  “Until they bow you out of the ring, from the moment you step in, you’ve got to be on!”

Communication is of course vital to a martial artist.  It is important to understand and be clearly understood by your instructor and judges and to nonverbally project a positive, confident image through body language, eye contact, and the condition and wear of one’s uniform.  Even a handshake before and after a match can be an effective form of nonverbal physical communication.

 

LOOK

The first level of communication is visual and involves how we see each other, our community and the world.  This is where facial expressions and body language become valuable.

If you’re an instructor teaching a class and you notice your young students’ attention being drawn elsewhere, you might rethink your presentation or the volume and intonation of your voice.  As instructors and students, body language and “the look” can definitely make the training even better.

 


LISTEN

It is important to know the difference between listening and hearing, which is the most important part of communication.  It is one thing to hear words, it is another to listen to the words in their context, along with the speaker’s inflection or tone of voice, to gauge the true meaning of what’s being said.

Listening also means being selective and differentiating good advice from negativity and bad examples.  Effective listening may be the skill people find hardest to master, said Berry. “I think listening can be overlooked,” he said.  “I think more people need to listen in order for them to communicate better.”


TALK

Every day we practice verbal communication, which begins with ourselves.  The power of the words we say and how we say them— encouraging statements versus negativity, a firm tone versus yelling— can have a tremendous impact on ourselves and the people around us.

Telling yourself “Yes I can” like we practice with the life skill belief can help you build confidence daily while a polite “thank you” can make a positive impression on others.


LEAD

Ideally, we lead by example.  When it comes to communication, this aspect can be accomplished in a number of ways:  praising instead of criticizing, helping with tasks, doing the right thing and obeying the law, admitting mistakes, smiling instead of frowning, respecting others’ opinions and yes, being an active listener.

These choices and more provide a positive example and will condition you, Berry said, to make better choices in school, at home and in life.  “Not just talk the talk, but walk the walk,” Berry said.

Berry uses a variety of methods to teach the levels and cornerstones of communication to his students, depending on their age.  He follows the Leadership book, he stresses positive communication in class and will go more in-depth, sometimes involving parents in question and answer sessions where the importance of this life skill is discussed.  Participants can then share examples of successful and unsuccessful communication in their own lives.

Mastering communication, Berry said, will not just make one a better martial artist; it will serve you well wherever you go.

“It’s very valuable,” Berry said.  “Because we’re setting them up to how they behave at school, and that’s setting them up for an interview for college and interviewing for a job.  If they can get their message across and know where they’re headed and have an action plan they can move in that direction and head of the ladder of success.

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