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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
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
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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
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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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Meal Time is Quality Time for ATA Families

It is a given that a majority of families are starved to spend meal time together.  Life seems to get in the way with work, school and countless activities.  Now, with video games and smartphones, it’s more important than ever to take advantage of holidays like Thanksgiving when we gather with our loved ones.   Whether your meals are spent at home in the kitchen or a late night drive thru, we all have to eat, and our experts say that when you do so with those you care about, you find that it brings you closer.

 

Soul Food

At the end of a long day, or even a long week, there’s nothing like bringing everyone together for a nice meal and catching up on what’s going on.  And research agrees.

Anne Fishel, a clinical psychologist and founder of TheFamilyDinnerProject.org said over the past 15 years, researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a while:  sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and your health.

For Pride Martial Arts owners, Master Sean Berry and Lizbeth Ahn and their sons, mealtime is hugely important to their regular routine even beyond the holidays.

“Cooking and sitting down for meals is big in our household,” Ahn said.  “Even when my husband and I get home late from the studio, we all try to cook together.”  For their home, it’s even more fun as their 16-year-old son, 1st Degree Black Belt Tae-Ho Ahn, is very passionate about cooking and was even featured on Season 4 of “MasterChef Junior.”

When interviewed by our team two years ago after the show aired, Tae-Ho explained how much he loved going to restaurants and studying how food was made and then bringing home ideas for the whole family.  He added, “I love creating new dishes, and as a foodie, I also love eating the delicious dishes I create.”  It’s no surprise that Tae-Ho now wants to continue his passion for cooking in culinary school.

Though some recipes are kept a secret, Master Elizabeth Giles, chief instructor of All-Star Martial Arts in Cabot, Ark. shared one of hers with us. “Food and family go hand in hand.  Comfort is the special ingredient.  You are comfortable with your family and good food is comforting.”

 

Family Style

Sr. Master Ron Boswell, and his wife, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Niki Boswell, say their family is always striving to keep meals a top priority.  Niki says, “Having meal time is important to us because it’s the only time during the day where there are no phones, no TV, just family time when we talk about our day and just have fun, crazy conversations.”

And everyone gets involved in the cooking.  She says the kids help out and Sr. Master likes to cook as well— though admittedly, he can be messy!

Mrs. Boswell believes having the children be part of the process “helps them to grow up and respect the fact that we work so much.”

Fishel agrees with getting everyone involved.  No matter what age your children are, everyone can be part of the shopping, picking out groceries and coming up with themes (Taco Tuesday, anyone?).  “Sharing in all of the tasks at dinner only makes this more of a family event,” Fishel says.

 

A Dash of Love

Chances are, you don’t have time to cook EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.  You may even be one of those families who chooses to go out on Thanksgiving rather than working hours in the kitchen. That’s okay.  It’s really about spending the time with those you care about while sharing a nice meal.

Chief Master Scott Skiles said his family has even gone camping over Thanksgiving break!  “We like to think outside of the box, and it makes for great memories.”

Giles likes the concept of “clocking out” for mealtime so that it’s not just a chore.  She says to leave the distractions behind and “just enjoy each other.” During their family Thanksgiving, it’s about food, family and games.  “We also decorate for Christmas!  The real memory is having full bellies and full hearts.”

 

Happy Thanksgiving to our ATA families!  Gobble up this precious time with those you love!

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