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Posted: February 26, 2019

Take Steps to be an ATA STRONG Family

This article originally was posted here: http://www.ataonline.com/better_together

The new school year is just around the corner, and this is a time when families begin establishing schedules and building routines.  In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we tend to get drained, but one way that you can keep your goals for this school year in sight and achievable is to use our ATA STRONG guide! 


Combat Obesity in Children

Posted: February 26, 2019

Childhood obesity is a worrying trend that needs to be addressed as urgently as possible. Overweight children not only suffer from all kinds of health problems, they are invariably the targets of bullying in school and generally occupy the lowest rung of the social ladder among their peers. Telling an obese child to control his/her food intake or to substitute high calorie snacks with healthier ones is a pointless task - all it does is hammer home the point to the child that you think he/she is lacks self control.

Exercise is a great way to lose weight, but it does tends to get boring. However, there is a way to get overweight kids to exercise while empowering them with self confidence and a definite sense of achievement - through training in the Martial Arts. Learning martial arts is an excellent way to lose weight, build stamina, learn self discipline and develop a positive sense of self and the advantages of this type of training cannot be overstated.

The child is taught by a trained expert. There are many forms of martial arts and each one of them has a different approach and philosophy. The cornerstone of any form of martial arts training is the relationship between the master and student. Strict adherence to the rules of the training school and obedience to the master are vital aspects of the training process. In return, the child as a student of the martial arts school gets the teacher's guidance in all matters relating to the particular form of combat he/she has decided to master.


Find the Joy in You

Posted: February 26, 2019

9 Ways to Give Your Self-Esteem a Boost

Having positive self-esteem is critical to living a happy, healthy life.  But, at times, feeling good about yourself can be easier said than done.  Some believe it has to do with how pretty you are, the brand of car you drive or having accomplished some incredible feat.  Of course, it’s nice to work hard and have something to show for it, but the real secret in having great self-esteem is finding the joy in YOU….all of YOU!  This means celebrating your victories, while also learning from and accepting your defeats.  Want some pointers on how you can feel better about you?  Here are 9 tips to help you boost your self-confidence!


Defining Belief - Part 1

Posted: February 16, 2019

Belief is having the “YES I CAN” attitude always and no matter what.  It is the ability to see the invisible and look beyond the obvious.  Belief is the total commitment to a goal (like earning a black belt in martial arts, or making an A in a school subject) so that no possibility of any end, other than the desired one, exists.

Belief is our inner power used with our core values towards the fulfillment of our goals.  Absolutely everything we do in our lives, in fact, is based on our beliefs.  Every action we take, every decision we make, and every single thing we do stems from what we believe.  If we believe this, we do that; if we believe something else, we do something different.

We learn most of our beliefs in our community, environment or the country we grow up in.  We learn them mostly from our parents, teachers and mentors.


Defining Belief - Part 2 of 2

Posted: February 16, 2019

Often the beliefs we are most influenced by in our lives are negative and tend to limit us.  Positive beliefs, however, are the best way to achieve total happiness and success in life.  We must get rid of negative, limiting beliefs, which bring us negative or limited results.  We must always choose positive, empowering beliefs, which bring us closer to our goals.

When we choose to use empowering beliefs, we are on the path to unlimited success.  The sooner we choose this path, the more we will achieve in life.  We must control our beliefs or they will control us.  We become what we believe, and what we believe usually becomes reality in our lives.

Of course, it is easier to influence the beliefs of a seven-year-old than it is to challenge the beliefs of a twenty-seven-year-old, because beliefs grow stronger with time.  This is why it is so important for us to surround ourselves with positive mentors in the early stages of our lives.


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