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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 and I have been attending this school for about three years now. Great people, great curriculum, ATA rocks

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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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Tweak Your Summer Taekwondo Travel with These Tips

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Whether you’re driving three hours across the state to Districts or flying five hours across the country for the World Expo— traveling can be stressful.  And add a few kids, lots of Taekwondo gear and all other necessities to the equation and you’ve just compounded the stress even more.

Trips are a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but let’s face it, preparing for these getaways is enough to make you want to pull your hair out.

There is a silver lining though.  With a little preparation and organization, families can actually enjoy their time away from home and focus on putting their best foot forward in that upcoming ATA tournament.

 

An Early Start

Even though your beach trip or tournament may be a week away, it’s a good time to start prepping for the journey.

In her HuffingtonPost.ca article “10 Packing Tips for Traveling Families,” Nancy Polanco writes that when it comes to preparing for the next trip, think planning ahead.  Polanco recommends parents of little ones get a head start on laundry and map out outfits for each day of the trip, including pajamas.

For families planning for an out-of-town Taekwondo tournament, it is important to have a gear checklist that itemizes everything needed for a successful competition.

Here is a gear checklist to keep handy, but remember you can personalize your list with your martial arts needs:

 

  • Your cleanly pressed uniform(s) with your belt; don’t forget your WHITE undershirt if you are wearing one
  • Sparring gear- head gear with face shield, foot and hand gear, chest protector, mouthpiece, protective cup for boys, and any shin or forearm gear you prefer
  • Training tools such as weapons or combat weapons
  • Whatever music device you are using for creative or Xtreme (don’t forget the cords for everything!)
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Cleaning agents such as stain sticks
  • Registration forms

 

When getting clothes and gear ready, it’s also a good idea to lay out luggage in advance, so there won’t be a last-minute search around the house, Polanco writes.

 

Keep it Simple

One of the biggest rules of traveling is leaving extra baggage at the door— that is packing light and making sure all of the important stuff (IDs, passports, keys, hotel accommodations, etc.) is not only easily accessible, but safe and secure, preferably in a carry-on or handbag.

To help make things a little easier on the travel experience, here are some other things to remember to pack:

  • Chargers to go with all of your gadgets; for families, Polanco suggests getting a cable wrap that stores everyone’s cables and plugs in one central spot
  • Headphones
  • Camera in a travel bag
  • Travel-sized toiletries and your medications— no need for added weight in your luggage!
  • And snacks for the road!

 

Have Fun

They say it’s not about the destination, but the journey.  Make sure it’s a fun and adventurous one with the kiddos by having plenty of activities ready.

Keep clever travel games on hand and even make a travel binder full of easily portable projects and car-related activities, suggests Keri Snyder in her article “Traveling with Kids Hacks” on YourModernFamily.com.  She also recommends having audiobooks to play during long trips and having fun games like travel-sized board games in which the whole family can join.

For the older kids, electronics like iPads and smartphones are entertainment centers of their own with movies, eBooks, games, music and more at their disposal.  Just remember to charge them up before you hit the road or take flight!

 

Make Memories

You want to remember all of the fun you had on your trip and the big accomplishments, right?  That’s why it’s such a great idea to not only have your camera charged and ready to go, but also to keep a journal.

In “The 7 Fundamentals of Documenting Your Travels,” MatadorNetwork.com writer Kate Siobhan Mulligan recommends taking note of all places visited, people met, and to note all of the good food and cool facts as you come across them.

Something else you can do is keep a scrapbook.  And we’re not talking about the conventional or traditional kind of bound scrapbooks.  This could be a folder or even a plastic bag in which you can store tickets, business cards or any other mementos worth keeping, Mulligan says

At the end of the day, exploring different places in your state, in another state or even another country is an adventure and getting there is half the fun. Enjoy the experience!

 


 

Healthy Travel Snacks for Kids

When traveling, reaching for those sugary, high calorie snacks like chocolate bars, candy and sweet treats is easiest, but it’s not necessarily the healthiest.  It’s always a good idea to have alternatives that are just as easy to carry, but are packed with nutrients and flavor.  Here are some healthy options:

  • Low sugar, high fiber granola bars
  • String cheese
  • Fruit mix (grapes, pineapple, strawberries, etc.)
  • Apple sauce cups
  • Hummus with carrots, celery sticks and red pepper slices
  • Peanut butter and banana sandwiches

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