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Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter Three

Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter Three

By 10th Degree, Grand Master John Worley The Move to Minnesota by John G. Worley After three years at the Jhoon Rhee Institute, Patty and I decided we wanted to have our own school, somewhere. Along with one of the other instructors (Gary Hestilow, another Texas transplant and good friend) and with Jhoon Rhee’s blessing, we started our search for our…

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An open letter to all my NK instructors

An open letter to all my NK instructors

Anonymous NK Student At 10 years old, the choice between guitar lessons or karate classes would be the most important decision I could make. I wanted to learn how to play the guitar but something inside of me told me that I needed to learn how to defend myself. So I made my choice, National Karate. I still remember my…

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Competiton and Anxiety Competing While Scared

Competiton and Anxiety Competing While Scared

By 2nd Degree Black Belt “Only by facing our fears and understanding our weaknesses will we discover strength,confidence, and security.” Tenet of National Karate Academy of Martial Arts I’ve been to dozens of karate tournaments in my life, and before every tournament I cannot help but get nervous. Really, really nervous. Those of you who know me know this well, but…

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Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter Two

Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter Two

By 10th Degree, Grand Master John Worley I’m often asked, “Why did you start karate?” and “Why did you choose to make martial arts your life’s work?” In the early 1960’s, martial arts training in America was in its’ infancy and there were very few professional schools. People who trained in martial arts were thought to be “deadly” and black belt…

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Competition is Practice for Real Life

Competition is Practice for Real Life

By 5th Degree Black Belt Diana McHenry Elliott Martial arts training has been a lifelong passion and hobby of mine. It offers many ways to grow, that is to continually learn and improve. That’s probably why I’ve never stopped training. I particularly love to compete in tournaments. There are so many good reasons to compete. After reflecting on a past…

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The Art of Passion

The Art of Passion

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey As I sat there in the parent’s lobby of the National Karate Academy of Martial Arts in Rochester Minnesota, watching my oldest take her karate lesson, something about the sport sparked a fire within me. I didn’t recognize what tingled within me until…

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Martial Arts and Motherhood

Martial Arts and Motherhood

As moms, we understand the importance of self-care, and we are here to help busy moms like you find time to prioritize your wellness. Our hope is that you feel encouraged and equipped to value and prioritize nutrition, self-care, fitness and a healthy body image through these personal stories from experts in the fitness industry in our Health & Fitness…

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Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter 1

Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter 1

The Early Days – Texas – 1967 – 1970 My earliest exposure to any sort of Martial Arts came in February of 1967 when my then seventeen-year-old younger brother Pat demonstrated his Taekwondo green belt skills in our Grandparents’ front yard in Hamilton, Texas. Five years his senior, I had always been able to manhandle him as older brothers often…

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I am more than you may see

I am more than you may see

A conventional childhood was a luxury that I was not able to experience. Having been born with a rare condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa or RP, standard childhood sports and activities were simply something I was not able to participate in. RP is a degenerative condition that causes severe vision loss. It meant that sports such as baseball, football, soccer,…

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