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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
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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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Food that Boosts Your Brainpower

 

Back to school is in full force, which means parents and students are filling their schedules with homework, ATA training and more.  Between learning new math equations and trying to master your Taekwondo form, it’s a good idea to add foods to your diet that improve brain health and memory.

 

Here are nine easy “grab-and-go” items that will help you stay at the top of your game!

 

Blueberries

Known as one of the best brain foods due to its high levels of antioxidants, the blueberry contains anthocyanin, a compound that helps protect brain neurons linked to memory. According to a USDA study, a diet rich in blueberry extract may improve motor skills and short-term memory, so keep these “berry” delicious treats on hand.

Nuts

When you’re planning those snacks for an upcoming seminar or tournament, go nuts!  Studies have shown that nuts contain a host of brain-boosting nutrients, such as Vitamin E.  Walnuts provide an extra edge since they also have omega-3 fatty acids. Grab a handful on your way to class and reap the benefits.

 

Eggs

Looking for a healthy, brain boosting breakfast option?  We have an “egg”celent suggestion!  Eggs are a great source of several B vitamins and choline which are important for proper brain functioning and development.  Power up before your next tournament with a breakfast packed with nutrients to enrich your noggin.

 

Coffee

Great news coffee enthusiasts—your drink of choice made the list!  Coffee boosts alertness and mood due to antioxidants that actually can help your brain.  Though you don’t want to go overboard with the caffeine, studies say that drinking a large cup of java in the morning can improve your concentration.

 

Green Tea

Not a coffee drinker?  Another great option is green tea.  Much like coffee, the caffeine in green tea increases brain function to improver alertness, performance, memory and focus.

 

Dark Chocolate

Got a sweet tooth? Dark chocolate is the way to go!  This tasty treat has brain-boosting compounds including flavonoids, caffeine and antioxidants.  And no surprise, chocolate is also a mood booster.  All of these combined make dark chocolate a great reward with lots of great benefits, too.

 

Broccoli

It’s common knowledge that broccoli is good for you and is considered a “power food” but it also improves your brain function.  Broccoli contains copper, iron, magnesium and zinc to strengthen those brain muscles.  Also, it’s levels of Vitamin K has been proven to lead to better memory.  When you’re shopping for veggies, remember that eating more broccoli could help your Taekwondo performance.

 

Oranges

We all know that oranges are high in Vitamin C, but did you know that helpful vitamin can defend your brain against mental decline?  If you find yourself more forgetful than normal and struggling to remember that new ssahng jeol bong form, add more oranges to your routine.

 

Fatty Fish

When people talk about brain food, fatty fish often tops the list.  Like some of the other foods on this list, these fish are a rich source of omega-3s which sharpen memory and even improve your mood.  It’s a great dinner option as you prepare for your next rank testing!

Good luck with new school and tournament year and be sure to keep these healthy options around to keep your brain as sharp as a gum do!

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