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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
5
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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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HONESTY IT IS STILL THE BEST POLICY

The Leadership Life Skill that Leads to an Abundant Life


November is here and during the last two months of the year, we are practicing the Leadership Life Skill Honesty. Quite simply, honesty it is the process of recognizing, accepting and expressing your true, authentic self.

We teach in our ATA classes that honesty is “the first step to an abundant life,” which means listening to your conscience, having the courage to confront the consequences of your actions, and taking responsibility when you are accountable.

Of course, there are times when you feel that lying is an easy, obvious choice. Whether it’s a little white lie or major league fib, once you’re faced with that moment of truth (or untruth as it may be), it’s time to react accordingly. When you’re honest, you feel better about yourself and others feel better about trusting you.

Here are some ways you can practice honesty and, hopefully, lead a more fulfilling life.

Recognize It.

Maybe you have a habit of telling little lies. You tell a colleague you can’t make it to their event, because you’re sick, but you really just want to watch the big game. It may seem like something small in the beginning, but getting too comfortable with telling small stories leads to a life of covering up your truths and trying to keep your story straight. Mark Twain said it best, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

This is also where integrity and loyalty come to play. If you know you have Taekwondo class or assured your buddy that you would attend their birthday party, stick to those commitments if possible. In fact, this type of accountability will make you feel better and show those around you that you are dependable.

Be honest in your relationships and recognize when you aren’t being truthful to yourself or others. If you just want to stay around the house, simply say that you don’t feel like getting out that evening. If it’s something you know you need to do, remember that your word is gold and treat it as such. Begin to untangle your web of lies.

Accept It.

You’ve probably seen it. The small child with chocolate all over their mouth denying that they are the one who took the last cookie. It’s kind of cute, because the child is scared of what will happen when they fess up.

It’s not as cute when you’re an adult. So, start practicing your truth NOW!

When you tell the truth—even if there is a consequence—people will respect that more. Accept that we can’t change the past, but we can embrace a better future. This is part of being honest with yourself. Jennier Iacovelli, author of Living and Accepting Your Truth explains that “We can re-write the story in our heads all we want, but if we reshape it in a way that betrays our truth, then we can never truly be at peace with ourselves.” That can be an uncomfortable way to live. She adds, “If we can’t live with a little discomfort, we may end up creating a whole lot of pain.”

Therefore, practice being honest, even if the truth hurts.

Express It.

Yes, there is the very literal way of expressing your honesty: tell the truth. Be honest with yourself, your loved ones, even to strangers.
(Warning! We’re about to get deep here.) If you feel like you lie more than not, then it’s time to evaluate your relationships or how you view them. If you can’t be truthful to the people that mean the most to you, or you always have something to hide, it’s time to take a deep look inside and find the root of the problem.

Try expressing yourself to those you care about and maybe you can work on what’s going on. Dustin Wax on Lifehack.org says, “Admitting your fault puts you one step closer to dealing with it and can often be the first step towards a successful turnaround” in yourself or in your relationship toward others. Aha! The first step to an abundant life.

No matter your age, it’s time to start living a more honest life. Instill this life skill early in children. Reward them for telling the truth. As for adults, remember that little eyes are watching and little ears are listening. Be an example. Keep in mind, honesty is meant to be a compass that keeps us in line with the North Star with such accuracy that we are never lost.

It may sound cliché, but the truth shall set you free.

Trust me.

For martial arts programs specializing in martial arts for children, please visit: https://www.ata-bba.net/program/transported-after-school/ OR visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mcdonoughata.

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