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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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Use Life Skills to Keep Your Device in Check

As a martial artist, courtesy and respect should be second nature. “Yes, ma’am” and “No, sir” roll off the tongue without hesitation, and you don’t think twice about holding the door for an elder.

But what happens when you step off the mat and pick up your smartphone or sit in front of your laptop after a long day?  Do your manners leave the minute you log on?

“Simply because we’re corresponding online does not mean the traditional ways of respecting one another do not apply, says Thomas Farley, aka Mister Manners, a New York- based manners expert and author.

Believe it or not, you don’t have to learn a whole new set of rules!  Practicing good etiquette online isn’t that different from being respectful and courteous in the real life you’re living in the real world.

 

Think Before You Send, Post or “Like”

Instant communication means our fingers often move faster than our judgment.  Before re-tweeting or sharing a post on social media, take a minute and re-read what’s being said—especially if you’re a little hot under the collar.

It’s going to happen.  Someone is going to say something about politics, disrespect your favorite sports team or—shocking—they may even say something about martial arts training!  It’s okay to want to defend the things and ideas that are important to you.  But, it’s also important to know when it’s important.  A one hour rule is something many experts recommend.  It gives you some time to cool down, and chances are, you may not even care to chime in once you’ve given it some thought.

 

Share Information Responsibly

“Children are growing up in a generation and culture where you pretty much put everything and anything out there, and it can come back to haunt you,” says Farley.

Talk with your children about what they post or share and what is appropriate for online and what isn’t.  As adults, be mindful yourself, too.  In a world full of hackers, scams and “fake news,” don’t become part of the problem.

Parents, make an effort to model your own good behavior through your Facebook or Instagram.  Our kids are watching!

 

Safety First

More than just gaffes in etiquette, social media sites can pose serious risks for children.  “It’s important for parents to be monitoring what their kids are doing on their personal accounts,” says Farley.  “Explain to them the importance of not accepting requests from strangers or establishing privacy settings.”

DMs and even text messages need to be a safe place for kids to share info with those they know and not a place of danger.

That said, if your kids have proven themselves trustworthy, it important to show them that they can have some freedom, little-by-little, where you as the parent see it fit.

 

To Err Is Human

With all of the texts, emails, tweets, and posts you send out each day, it’s inevitable that you’ll slip up.  What’s important is how you handle it.

If you realize that maybe, the tone of your email was a little too harsh to your co-worker, or maybe you shouldn’t have shared that meme, step up and handle it like the confident leader you’ve been taught to be in ATA.  Apologize to that co-worker or delete that post.

Learning from experiences is where we gain true character so make it habit to think, react and respond!

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