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Top 5 Ways Martial Arts Benefit Kids

Do Martial Arts Benefit Kids? Maybe you are thinking about enrolling your child in a nearby Karate studio. Before scoping out the nearest martial arts school, maybe you want to make sure martial arts are going to make your child more focused, confident, and respectful. We’ll show you how with our “Top 5 Ways Martial Arts Benefit Kids”… 5.…

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Push-ups and challenges

#22pushups Recently, I was challenged to participate in the “22 day push-up challenge”. In case you haven’t heard of it, the push-up challenge is an effort to bring attention to the number of military veterans who commit suicide everyday as a result of PTSD. This is all to bring it to the attention of people…

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Success from Failure

Last night, my adult class practiced no-contact sparring. It’s something we start the beginners with and a good exercise for advanced belts because it develops control. When sparring (practice fighting), we start with no-contact so that students may learn distancing, timing, targeting, balance, and speed with a higher level of safety than if they were…

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Wrapping it up for Christmas

This will probably be the last blog post until the New Year, so I wanted to take a minute and look back at the blog posts over the last several months. In July, I recognized that it was time to take Master Pattillo Martial Arts in a new direction; to pursue new challenges in order…

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Breaking Boards

Breaking boards is one my favorite things to do in Karate. It is probably the thing people most associate with the martial arts. There is a popular scene in Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon where he says, “Boards don’t hit back.” I have always thought it was odd when martial artists, especially instructors, have repeated…

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Fighting for Peace: Winder Self-Defense Class

Peace Place Fundraiser On Friday, October 23, we are hosting a self-defense class geared toward teens and adults. We want you to invite parents, friends, family members, co-workers — anyone interested in learning self-protection skills and information. The class will cost $10 and all the money we bring in will be donated to Peace Place, a…

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Bully Prevention and Weekend Review

This month is turning out to be very busy! In a minute, we will look at Bullies since that is the topic of this Friday’s self-defense class. First, though, let’s talk about last Friday’s class and our demonstration at the Bethlehem Star Festival! Last Friday – Stranger Danger We actually had an older group of kids…

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Violence Prevention Month

There are many great causes that attempt to raise awareness during a certain time of year. October is both Bullying Prevention Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the spirit of raising awareness and teaching prevention, Master Pattillo Martial Arts will be offering a number of self-defense classes to the public this month.   October…

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Ten Year Anniversary — Karate in Winder

September marks ten years that I’ve been teaching Karate in Winder. While it hardly feels like that much time has passed, a few recent run-ins have really made me feel otherwise. Barrow County is an interesting place. It’s big enough to feel like there are a lot of people you don’t know but small enough…

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Back to School Checklist

This week, schools start back in Barrow County. I remember being a kid and getting a list of items I would need to bring such as pencils, erasers, notebook paper, glue, scissors, and other classroom essentials. It is interesting to look back and think of both the disappointment of summer’s end and the nervous excitement…

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