School’s out for summer! For many, this is a very exciting time of year. But, we know that for a good number of martial arts school owners this is also a time of concern. Worries about student retention and how to keep students engaged during summer months are present regardless of geographic location. With the mix of summer sports, camps, family vacations, and the obvious desire to be outdoors, students have plenty of distractions when it comes to staying passionate and engaged on the martial arts mats.
By Elisabeth Clay
In case you haven’t been following all my journey, I will give a bit of background. After winning Worlds in my weight class and getting a silver in Absolutes at blue belt in 2016, I came home didn’t have a jiu jitsu school to train at. This necessitated finding a school and moving.
Image credit: Power of Leverage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By Nick Bez
Martial arts are an ancient approach to training one’s body and mind to effectively wield powerful methods of self-defense. In the generations since their origin, the teachings of Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Muay Thai, and other similar disciplines have evolved to become more practically applicable methods for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to navigate the world with a sense of safety, respect, and community, all while experiencing the physical benefits of the arts.
I found this paper I had written about mustangs years ago, probably from when I was 12 or 13 (and getting me to write was like pulling teeth). The reasons why I wrote it were:
1. It was for a school assignment
2. I really wanted to get a mustang again and was trying to convince the parents
3. Well, I wanted to post it to give people more information.
By Jenny Ross
When Grand Master In Ho Lee talks about the ATA World Expo, he describes it as scene from a movie: “It’s full of action and something you will never forget!”
The more hours of training my body goes through, the more body maintenance becomes a necessity. Body maintenance comes in many different forms; I have learned this the hard way. If I wait until I am in pain to take care of my body, it takes more work and strain to eliminate pain. It’s better to keep up with frequent body maintenance and not wait for pain to act as a reminder that I need to take care of my body.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to take care of my body while training:
Written by Kaitlin Young
MMA may be the best professional sport in existence for women today. They fight the same rounds, receive similar media attention, and have comparable pay to their male counterparts. This was not always the case.
So, I am off to California to compete at Pans. This is my first year competing as an adult. Seven athletes will be competing from Legacy or Ares Alaska, joining our brothers and sisters from all over the world in the Ares Association to bring all the fire we can. I am super excited to be at Pans. Whether you are my opponent, a fan, or a competitor, I hope that we can all compete and do our very best.
When I was thinking what to write in this blog, I thought of how I was raised and how it’s helped get me where I am today… but who knows more about how I was raised and taught than my mom, so this blog I thought should be written from her perspective. Here is what she thinks.
Whether it’s the start of the New Year and your facility is experiencing a surge of new students or it’s one of the lazy days of summer, cleanliness counts! Consistent and proper cleaning of your flooring, wall pads and other training equipment not only helps protect the health of you and your students, it also extends the life and the look of your equipment and facility and, possibly even more important, it can be the difference between a new student becoming a regular or becoming a memory.
By Nick Bez
Known across the country as a “yoga instigator & community connector,” I’ve spent a decade getting involved in every nook and cranny of the yoga industry I’ve been able to find. From managing studios and programming for CorePower Yoga and Life Time Fitness and presenting at national conferences, to co-owning a studio with my wife and traveling as a program consultant, I noticed pretty quickly that no matter where in the world you are, the New Year brings a surge of new students. I’ve also noticed a lot of studios leaving the opportunity to be of greater service and capture greater revenue to chance each and every January. Let’s fix that!
As we continue into the holiday season, it’s important to remember that we should not only love each other and be grateful for all that we have, BUT we also need to love and be grateful for ourselves. This does not mean buying for ourselves or being selfish, on the contrary it means being true to ourselves.