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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
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
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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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A Dose-By-Dose Breakdown of Vitamins

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Vitamin A, Vitamin K, folic acid and B12; the vitamin aisle at the drugstore can sometimes look like a big, jumbled up serving of alphabet soup.  When you’re not sure what you’re looking for, it can be tempting to bypass the whole thing and hope you’re getting what you need from your regular diet.

The problem is, if you have plans to be a successful martial artist, your body needs to be in prime functioning order, and that comes with knowing your essential vitamins and minerals.

Never fear.  We’ve put together a crash course on the basics to help you get the facts and unravel the mystery alphabet of vitamins and minerals in order to stay strong, stay health-minded and achieve your goals.

 

Vitamin A

We’re kicking things off with a superhero of a vitamin. This little overachiever not only improves vision, but does everything from boosting your immune system to promoting bone growth, healthy skin and blood cell production.  Vitamin A is found in eggs, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes and just about anything with orange coloring.

 


B Vitamins

There are a whole slew of power players on this team (think B6, B12, Biotin, Choline, Riboflavin), and they’re a bunch of heavy-hitters.  They help with sleep quality, energy production and mental clarity to keep you ready for training, as well as maintaining metabolism and muscle tone.  The good news is that B vitamins are found in a variety of foods, such as whole grains, potatoes, beans, asparagus, cooked broccoli and Brussels sprouts.


Vitamin C

“Oh, I know this one,” you’re probably thinking.  “It’s for immunity.”  While vitamin C does boost antioxidant function, it’s never been proven to fend off a common cold. However, it does come in handy by healing wounds faster, forming new collagen, improving skin elasticity and building up blood vessels.  Yes, vitamin C is in oranges, but it’s in a lot of other things too, like guava, red peppers, kiwi, strawberries, tomatoes and even veggies like broccoli.


Vitamin D

Grab your sunglasses.  The benefits of vitamin D don’t stop at strong bones, but expand to include big health boosts to your teeth, muscle function and immune and nervous systems.  Some doctors even believe that the vitamin may help protect against certain cancers.  Soak up the vitamin with fortified cereals and milk, canned salmon and egg yolks, or you can just step outside and soak up some sunshine.


Vitamin E

You probably hear about vitamin E fairly often, but you might not know exactly what it does for you.  This vitamin improves balance and coordination, as well as blood circulation, and can even help guard against chronic disease.  Get your daily dose with almonds, hazelnuts, avocados, vegetable oils, sunflower seeds and tomatoes.


Vitamin K

Blood coagulation may sound a little scary, but it’s actually a good thing.  It’s the clotting of your blood in the way your body needs, like scabs.  You can thank vitamin K for that.  IT also aids in wound healing and bone development, so stock up on your leafy greens, Popeye-style.


Calcium

When you’re regularly slamming your arms and legs against boards, targets and other people’s arms and legs, it’s important to know you’ve got strong bones, especially for women, who begin to lose bone density in their 20’s and 30’s.  Your go-to mineral for making sure you stay strong is none other than calcium.  Muscle function, nerve health and blood pressure also benefit from calcium, which you can find in most dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt, but also in tofu, salmon and lentils.


Iron

Having the right amount of oxygen in your bloodstream is critical to good health and overall physical performance and Iron helps make that happen.  It also helps build muscle tissue and aids in the production of collagen, amino acids and more.  Your best bet for finding iron is in red meat and poultry, but for non-meat-eaters, dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, soybeans and fortified cereals get the job done, too.


Potassium

How does a healthy heart, kidneys, muscles, bones and blood pressure sound?  You’ll find all of these qualities in potassium, as well as heightened nervous system communication to keep your reflexes quick and true.  Look for banana, raisins, plums, artichokes and baked potatoes when you’re at the grocery store to get your potassium fix.

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