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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate 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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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Maximize

    Maximize



    Maximize
    Studies on human potential show that most people are performing at a fraction of their true potential. If this is accurate, it means that we all have a tremendous opportunity to improve ourselves and enjoy even greater levels of success and achievement. Champions always strive to improve their skills and abilities, along with increasing their overall fitness.
    If you set a goal to improve your flexibility, there are many ways you can make this happen. You can perform stretching exercises before and after each class. You could do ten minutes of stretching every morning. The key is to learn to maximize the time and effort you are ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Plan your work and work your plan.

    Plan your work and work your plan.

    Plan your work and work your plan.

    As Champions in Training, almost everyone on the planet wants to make this their best year ever. Great Black Belt Champions constantly strive to expand their skills, improve their conditioning and become better at every aspect of their Martial Arts and their life. Besides higher levels of health and fitness... Great Champions also want success and achievement in all other areas of their lives. Martial Arts teaches us to become balanced achievers. Mentally...physically...emotionally... financially... career...and most important, stronger relationships with family and friends. Plan your Work and Work ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Proper Planning and Preparation Promotes Peak Performance

    Proper Planning and Preparation Promotes Peak Performance

    Proper Planning and Preparation Promotes Peak Performance
    It may sound like a challenging tongue twister but it is really a simple formula for success. Proper Planning and Preparation Promotes Peak Performance. It’s been said that if you want to predict the future, you must create it. This is why it is a worthy investment of your time and energy to design a Massive Action Plan (M.A.P.) for Success. Take the time each day to properly prepare yourself, mentally, physically and emotionally for a successful day of achievement. Once you take the time to create a detailed MAP, all you have to do is follow it. Imagine taking the family on a trip ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Magnify the Positives, Shrink the Negatives

    Magnify the Positives, Shrink the Negatives

    Magnify the Positives, Shrink the Negatives

    Everyday we all deal with positive things and positive people, as well as negative things and negative people. What we focus on, is a choice we all have to make. Some people magnify the negatives and get stressed out by their problems and challenges. If you allow this to happen, you will soon begin to attract more negatives. It will seem as if you have a black cloud over your head. Whenever you magnify the negatives in your life, you’ll also be shrinking the positives. You will become blind to the good stuff, simply because you are focusing on all the bad stuff! Or, you can choose ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Champions are achievers

    Champions are achievers

    Champions are Achievers! Champions are achievers, in and out of the dojo. The best Champions always strive to get better and better, on and off the mat. They want to be their best in every area of life. Why is it so common that Black Belt Champions are high achievers outside of the dojo as well? One of the reasons is that Martial Arts training instills the desire to become the best you can be. Champions are always striving to grow to their next level. No matter how great you become, no matter how many titles and Degrees you achieve…the biggest room in the world is always the room for improvement. Black Belt Champions in the dojo always strive to be Champions in ....

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  • Champions are enthusiastic

    Champions are Enthusiastic! Champions are enthusiastic people and they love to share their excitement and enthusiasm for life. They have a contagious energy for life and are juiced by success and achievement. In the dojo, on the mat, in their personal and their professional lives…they love it all! Their Black Belt Spirit is a powerful energy force that drives them to perform at peak levels of excellence. They have a passion that fuels their fire of desire for greatness. Champions have Pep in their Step! They brighten the entire dojo and the people around them, with their energy and their smile, they always bring out the best in others. They are positive, productive ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Champions have confidence

    Champions have confidence

    Champions have Confidence! Champions understand the key to developing supreme confidence is preparation. In the Martial Arts, the more you practice and train, the better your conditioning will be and the more confident you become in your skills. The more confident you are, the better you feel and the better you perform. Champions have confidence, and that gives them greater strength and fortitude to take aggressive action towards all of their dreams and goals. Quite often, when you gain confidence in one area of life, it shows up in other areas as well. This is why so many of our young Black Belt Champions are also academic achievers are well. Any child that is ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Champions are focused.

    Champions are focused.

    CHAMPIONS are FOCUSED! What is one of the most important qualities you will see in high achieving Black Belt Champions? It’s their ability to stay focused and keep their mind and attention on their primary goals and objectives. They always have clarity of what they want to accomplish and what they have to do to succeed. They have a laser beam focus on the exact actions they are taking to achieve their ultimate victory! CHAMPIONS condition themselves mentally to stay alert and they develop a high level of concentration. They have learned how to turn their mental switch “ON” when it is time to take action. They also know how to turn it “OFF” when it is time to rest and ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Champions train hard!

    Champions train hard!

    CHAMPIONS TRAIN HARD! Champions Train Hard…Champions Train Smart! When you train hard, you release natural endorphins that allow you to feel better and think clearer. It also rids your mind and body of stress that causes tension and can have negative impact. When Champions train hard, they develop the habit of giving their best effort and taking daily action toward their goals. Champions always aim for positive progress and continually take baby steps forward, eventually leading toward bigger gains. Train for Gain by allowing enough time to warm-up and get focused on your training. Once warmed up, get into the game, play all out and pay close attention to your form and ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - Champions have the indomitable spirit!

    Champions have the indomitable spirit!

    CHAMPIONS HAVE AN INDOMITABLE SPIRIT! Have you ever noticed how some people always seem to have an unstoppable upbeat attitude and always maintain a strong zest for life? BLACK BELT CHAMPIONS call this Indomitable Spirit. Champions seem to have an extra amount of energy and enthusiasm in almost everything they do. Not only do they possess a powerful non-quitting spirit, they have a tremendous excitement for the martial arts and for personal growth and development. This spirit is a positive energy force that shows their passion, you can see it in their eyes, you can hear it in their voice, and you can feel it whenever you’re around them. A person with this spirit is ....

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  • Kids Karate in Ankeny and Johnston - Dojos Family Martial Arts - KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE THIS SUMMER

    KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE THIS SUMMER

    Dojo's Family Martial Arts in Ankeny is excited to announce our 5 week summer karate programs! We are offering 2 separate 5 week programs, one beginning June 13th and the other beginning July 18th. Both programs will consist of 2 weekly classes on Monday and Wednesday's from 10:30-11:30am. Students participating in these programs will learn a series of martial arts movements, which put together is called a Kata. On their last class they will be eligible to earn their first stripe on their belt, achieving the goal they set at the beginning of the program! They will also learn great character & physical skills throughout the energized and active 5 week course. This is a fun, active ....

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  • More Disciplined and Confident

    We believe that it does take an entire village to raise a child and we're very happy that Dojo's is part of our "village" The life lessons taught at Dojo's are exactly what we are working to teach Noah. Noah is becoming a more disciplined and self confident boy because of the time he spends at Dojo's. The instructor is excellent with the children! We feel the positive reinforcement and role model approach that Mr. Wilber uses to teach the students at Dojo's is right on target. -Ann & Doug W. Ankeny, IA ....

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  • Lessons Will Stick For a LIfetime!

    My 7-year-old son has been taking karate at Dojo's for about 9 months. It has been a very positive experience for him and for our family; he enjoys the class, takes pride in his accomplishments and is very motivated to continue in the class. He is learning not only physical skills, but also the values of honesty, respect, courtesy, friendship, focus and discipline. During each class session, The Instructor encourages the kids to practice these values at home and school as well as in class. I feel these are lessons that will stick with my son for a lifetime. The Instructor is excellent; he is obviously skilled at karate, but also has a very age appropriate teaching style and is a great role ....

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  • Improved In ALL Areas of Live

    Thank you so much for opening your dojo here in Ankeny ! Since I had Madison and Kaeden start your class, I have seen such improvement in all areas of there life! Kaeden refuses to eat unhealthy! Madison has focused her energy into practicing her Kata! Anytime Kaeden does something good he wants me to put it on his "ports card"... =-) I have also learned very good lessons just by watching how the instructor interacts with the kids. We all look forward to coming out as much as possible, it really is the highlight of the kids day. Thanks to everyone at Dojos Family Martial Arts, keep up the AWESOME work!!!!! -Madison Kaeden, Travis W. Ankeny, IA ....

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  • Watched Confidence Grow!

    Since starting Karate at Dojos Family Martial Arts in February, we have noticed Adam's confidence grow in all areas of his life. The weekly lessons Adam learns at Dojos make him a better son, brother, classmate, student and person. The time invested at Dojos today will pay Adam dividends all through his life. -Jamie & Lynne J. Ankeny, IA ....

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  • Love the Flexible Schedule

    Our two sons, Kyle age 7 and Carter age 6, have been taking karate from Dojo's since April 2006 and have learned so much. It is something they do together and have fun as well as learn discipline along with the karate. The instructor at Dojos, has done a fabulous job with all of the kids. His patience, humor and expertise is very impressive. He is an excellent role model for our boys. The extra activities Dojos has such as Parent's Night Out or special classes have been great too. We try to take advantage of them whenever we can. Their flexible schedule has also been great for us as well. With three children in various activites between school, church and extracurricular, it can be ....

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  • 40 Pounds Lighter

    I was 23 years old, 6'2" tall, weighed in at a very out of shape 220 pounds, and had been smoking for upwards of 12 years. With each class, I was losing weight and improving my health. If the classes got tough, I just remembered that I was reversing the damage I had done to my health with food and cigarettes. Most of the time, I was too busy having fun to realize that I was working hard. As my clothing started fitting more and more loosely, I noticed myself getting less and less winded. This only made me work harder, anxious to continue what quickly became very noticeable progress. When I signed up for karate, I knew I would eventually get in shape. I knew I would lose weight. I ....

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  • Instructor Really Connects!

    My son Ethan has been taking karate classes at Dojo's in Ankeny since September 2006. I am impressed with the quality of instruction.. It is a fun, positive, fast paced activity. The students are taught respect, self discipline, self confidence, listening skills, and the physical skills of karate. The instructor can really connect with the children. The classes are self protection oriented, taught with discipline and motivation. The kids are always smiling, even when disciplined in the instructors positive manner. I've never before seen kids enjoy doing push ups as well as they do at Dojos. Ethan has had tremendous change in attitude towards school work. His attitude is more ....

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  • Dropped Weight, Feel Great!

    I began taking kickboxing just before my 58 th birthday attending classes 4 to 5 times a week. At the time, I had been trying to lose weight for over a year, but I was stuck on a bubble. Once I began kickboxing, I found my weight dropping and reached my goal within two months. Since then, I have not only maintained my weight loss but my cholesterol dropped nearly 100 points thrilling both my doctor and myself. I have also found that I have increased stamina and energy. I raked leaves the other day for over 4 hours straight and wasn't tired. I could not have done that a year ago! I truly believe the regular workouts will keep me healthier and feeling younger. I love it! -Julia C. Des ....

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