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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Finish Strong…Finish Fit!

    Finish Strong…Finish Fit!

    Finish Strong…Finish Fit! The final weeks of the year are here, and we all have two choices on how we finish. We can finish fat and sloppy or we can finish strong and fit.

    A Champion’s choice would be to finish strong and fit. The way you finish your year, has tremendous impact on the way you start your New Year. Champions strive to get better and better all the time. They have what’s known as a Champions DNA. It’s in their genes to keep themselves sharp to maintain a strong performance edge.

    During the Holiday Season, most people party more and train less. They eat like they’re starved and drink like a thirsty fish out of ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - FINAL COUNTDOWN 2016

    FINAL COUNTDOWN 2016

    FINAL COUNTDOWN 2016
    The next couple weeks are considered the final countdown for 2016. The final days of training and celebrating another great year that’s been filled with Victories.
    There is a success ritual called “Bookends of Success.”
    It refers to the way you start and end a given period of time. It could be the rituals and habits you develop to start and end each day. The primary belief is this: what you do to start and end each day, has a huge influence with everything that happens in between. Starting your day in a positive way, with a focused plan of action, is likely to lead to a better outcome than getting up late with no ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - POWER OF GREAT PEOPLE SKILLS

    POWER OF GREAT PEOPLE SKILLS

    POWER OF GREAT PEOPLE SKILLS
    GOOD MANNERS Always show Black Belt Manners If you want to score a “10” in People Skills, then work on your manners. How many people do you know that you would score a “10” in manners? Probably not that many. Which is why we encourage you to be one of them. It will make you stand out in the crowd as unique in a very good way. Always show Black Belt Manners is about being polite and well mannered toward others. Especially your elders and people of authority. It never hurts to be nice and it benefits many when you are well mannered and respectful toward others. ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - BLACK BELT SUCCESS FORMULA

    BLACK BELT SUCCESS FORMULA

    BLACK BELT SUCCESS FORMULA
    #1. Set a Specific Goal

    Setting the goal of becoming a well conditioned BLACK BELT CHAMPION
    is very motivating and life-impacting. It brings out the best in everyone and keeps people of all ages on a path of positive self-development and constant improvement. Where are you in your journey of personal excellence?

    Where do you want to be in the next 6-12 months?
    #2. Design a Massive Action Plan (M.A.P)
    Every important goal inlife, especiallybecoming an A-Rated
    BLACK BELT CHAMPION,
    needs an action plan to make it happen. Your Massive Action Plan might include your training days, ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Clarity is Power!

    Clarity is Power!

    Clarity is Power!
    Simply meaning, the clearer you are on our goals andobjectives, the better your chances of success and achievement. In your Martial Arts and any other endeavorsyou wish to excel at. It’s easy to figure out how
    to achieve something, once you’ve decided what
    it is that you truly want. That’s called CLARITY. Most people tend to have very foggy goals or wander through life daydreaming and often lack real direction. This is why we encourage you to develop S.M.A.R.T.
    goals in all areas. Martial Arts training, and life, is so much more fun and exciting when we have exciting and specific goals that we ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - RESPECT!

    RESPECT!

    RESPECT!
    Martial Arts begins and end with Respect. This week we share a very important reminder on a very basic and vital area of your training... The importance of showing respect to yourself, toward others, your teachers and your school. When you "BOW" as you enter and exit the dojo or on and off the mats, you are showing respect and appreciation. It's the same when we BOW toward each other, it's a sign of mutual respect and appreciation. We live in a very fast paced and rapidly changing world. However, some things will stay in fashion forever. In our schools, respect will forever be in fashion and will also be a core lesson in the dojo. We are grateful ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - How to Improve your "Q.T." Quick Take Off!

    How to Improve your "Q.T." Quick Take Off!

    How to Improve your "Q.T." Quick Take Off!
    If you were in a race...how would you want to start it?
    More important...how would you like to finish it? Have you ever watched the Kentucky Derby ?
    How do those beautiful creatures come out of the gate?
    How do you develop Q.T. -Quick Take Off?
    * Try getting up a little earlier and get started faster.

    * Plan yourdaythe night before andwake up with Focus andEnergy.

    * Give yourself Sub-Deadlines. Goals for the 15th/20th/25th, etc...
    It'sa mindset you need to develop if you want to out-do last years performance. When you hit last years averages sooner, you're likely ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - “Tap-Tap ,Guard-Up!”

    “Tap-Tap ,Guard-Up!”

    “Tap-Tap ,Guard-Up!”

    To be able to defend yourself against a violent assault or a physical threat, Black Belt Champions learn to keep their “GUARD-UP!”

    Boxing coaches, Karate, Muay Thai Kickboxing or MMA…all train their fighters to keep their “GUARD-UP.” In class, you’ll hear your instructors say…”Tap-Tap,GUARD-UP!” This is to remind and to reinforce the importance of this simple but vital skill set. Our reminder to you and anyone else who will listen is to keep your ‘GUARD-UP” against negativity in all forms. It could be a friend that always shares a dark view of the world or ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Power of Great People Skills

    Power of Great People Skills

    Power of Great People Skills
    Score a “10” in your Black Belt Attitude... Q.T. refers to Quick Take Off, also known as hustle in the muscle. When you are getting the targets or your safety equipment, you do it quickly. When you are asked to get with a partner, you do it quickly and efficiently. Imagine the opposite. When your instructor asks you to get with a partner, you and your classmates move at a leisurely pace. It would slow everything down, including the energy and pace of the class. Positive response is a simple acknowledgement to your instructor’s request. “Yes sir/Yes Ma’am” is one way. It keeps the ....

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  •  in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts -  Attitude Drives Actions – Actions Drives Results!

    Attitude Drives Actions – Actions Drives Results!

    Attitude Drives Actions – Actions Drives Results!

    Great Attitude=>Great Actions=>Great Results=>Great Rewards

    If you want to lead a great life, you have to take great actions. The best way to prepare yourself to take great actions is to condition your mindset and develop a great attitude. Say “YES” everyday to prepare for Victory! Imagine when you prepared for class, you said “YES” with an eager and enthusiastic attitude. Every time you entered the dojo, you said “YES” I love my Martial Arts. You would soon develop a habit that would lead you to becoming a highly conditioned Black Belt Champion. ....

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