About Cottage Grove National Karate

Since 1973, the National Karate Academy has been dedicated to helping men, women and children discover the benefits of martial arts training.

Physical strength, flexibility and weight control are developed through high repetition natural body exercises.

Mental confidence is achieved from time-tested & effective self-defense skill.

NK training teaches respect, self-discipline and perseverance.

NK’s black belt professional instructors are highly trained and dedicated to help all students achieve their life goals.

For information about our free trial program for new students, please click here.

8457 East Point Douglas Road

Cottage Grove, MN 55016

(651) 769-0088

cottagegrove@nationkarate.com

Owner: Mr. Jim Albertson

Co-Directors: Mr. Dan McDonough & Mr. Dave Stelton

Instructors: Mr. Chris Kickhafer & Mr. Sam Forthun

Assistant Instructors: Mr. Vincent Sherman, Mr. Barry Maxwell, Ms. Dawn Levesque, Mr. Chris Meyer & Ms. Darien Maxwell

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About Mr. Dan McDonough

With over 25 years training and teaching experience, Mr. McDonough currently holds the rank of 5th degree black belt. Mr. McDonough has a strong competition background, participating in two sponsored competition teams – Team United and Side Kick International. Several students of Mr. McDonough’s have reached top rankings including world champion titles.

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The 2017 Diamond Nationals had some pretty crazy competition and 2018 will be even better. Check out the men's extreme weapons live stream from 2017. Save the date - October 5-6, 2018

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The 2018 Diamond Nationals will showcase great martial arts performances from the next generation of competitors. Be a part of it the weekend of October 5-6, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. www.diamondnationals.com. #diamondnationals18 #sportmartialarts
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Several studies point to the effectiveness of traditional martial arts in reducing aggression. Zivin et al (2001) for example paired 60 middle-school boys on problematic behavior profiles in a treatment group and a waiting list control group. The treatment group participated in school-linked training in traditional martial arts. Schoolteachers were asked to rate the students on impulsiveness, resistance to rules, self-concept and inappropriate behavior. After three months of training, the students within the treatment group had improved their behavior in class and... the teachers rated the martial arts students as less impulsive and less aggressive towards other colleagues.
Lakes et al (2004) argue that these benefits are a consequence of enhanced self-regulation – historically known in martial arts as self-control – developing will and discipline.
- Contemporary Psychology
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