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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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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It’s amazing how infectious a little humor can be.

The sound of a chuckle, snicker, giggle or hearty guffaw is more contagious than that bug that is going around the office.  And when laughter is shared at one of your Taekwondo events, it really brings everyone together and creates a source of happiness.

“Human connection and mutual support is a hallmark of the species,” said Wendy L. Ward, Associate Director of Wellness at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

“Quite simply we are wired to seek and enjoy human interaction and laughing and humor are one of the most pleasant experiences as part of that interaction.”

And the bonus?  Just like exercise, laughter is actually good for your emotional, physical and social health.

According to the health resources website HelpGuide.org, laugher relaxes the whole body, relieving physical tension and stress; it boosts the immune system; helps improve the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow; and triggers a release in endorphins, which promote a sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

“There have been several studies that show people who are in chronic pain [and] when they laugh, their pain doesn’t subjectively bother them, like the same levels when they’re not laughing,” said Dr. Justin Hunt, medical director of the Comprehensive Diagnostic Service at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and an assistant professor in UAMS Department of Psychiatry.

In terms of emotional benefits, having a chuckle can elevate your mood and even reduce depression, anxiety and fear.  Cognitively, it is shown to increase your ability to cope with stress, enhance creativity, and also changed your perspective “allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less stressful light,” Ward said.

It’s difficult to determine how laughter actually causes these health benefits, but there are some outside variables that might answer that question.

“The health benefits could be tied to the stronger social situations or it could be [tied back to] a personality structure—people who are more positive might be more prone to laughing,” she said.

Take for instance, Laurie Peterson, an attorney for the Office of the General of the United States Department of Agriculture in Little Rock, Ark. and a 5th Degree Black Belt, whose positive attitude carries her every day in her job, family life and Taekwondo.

“Emotionally, it’s hard to be down when you are enjoying life and what you are doing,” she said.  “I know I can improve any day with Taekwondo.”

When you’re not in Taekwondo class, though, keeping the social lines open is crucial for a happy and healthy life.

“When you hear laughter, go toward it and try to join in with them,” Ward said.  “Keep fun people in your life and spend time with them.  And don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.”

She said some of the fun things you can do to inject more fun into your life are playing with your house pets, watching a funny movie or TV show, or even reading a funny book.”

“Enjoying fun activities often will naturally lead to laughter and amusement.”

Between work and managing the home, it is easy to become overwhelmed, isolated and withdrawn.  The easiest way to get out of a rut is enjoying human interaction.

Peterson said both of her biological parents passed away, which could have kept her from being successful.  Instead, she chose to be optimistic in her endeavors.

“Neither had a chance to meet my children or see me win a World Championship,” she said.  “Instead of walling in self-pity for not having these people in my life, I choose to laugh, enjoy life and be happy.  For me, life is too short to be a pessimist.”

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