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Summer Benefield reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
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My daughter started here about a month ago and I cannot say enough about the wonderful team they have there. They truly love and take great pride in the work they do for and with these children. My daughter is so pumped to go to practice it kind of surprised me because after a few times at something she can tend to loose interest but not with this. I not only give her credit for this but the people at BMA. I could not be happier with deciding to join their program.

Perrault Young reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Hello folks! I was in martial arts when I was younger and I am glad we found this location for my son, Caden. The instructors have a great deal of patience with every student and really focus on their needs. It is a clean and safe environment where you or/and your child can learn a great art/sport and make new friends as well while sparring with them :).

Kristi Bass Tomberlin reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
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My daughter started here 3 months ago and she loves it. I have seen improvement in her attitude, confidence and self defense. Everyone there (staff, parents or other students) is so helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend BMA!

Sherry Neesen Banks reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
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My son started when he was 3 1/2 years old in the Little Dragon program and now 7 years later he is a 1st degree black belt working towards his 2nd. For his black belt test he had to write an essay on his Journey to Becoming A Black Belt, we were amazed on what he accomplished not only with the sport itself but the underlying accomplishments. Discipline, hard work, respect, confidence, leadership, team building, communication, problem solving and other everyday life traits that one needs to survive in today's world. You can try a class for free to see if it is a good fit for you which I think is great. I highly recommend them so come try it out. What do you have to lose?

Melanie Miller reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
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We are glad to be part of the BAMA clan! Practicing karate with my children, husband and godchild is a blessing.

Peggy McCorkle Cropp reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

We could not be more pleased with the results that our family has experienced since our son became a BAMA student. We have watched him grow in strength, discipline, confidence, intelligence, endurance, and the list goes on. He has learned skills that wouldn't otherwise be available to him including, working with weapons and self defense. The staff at BAMA don't just teach Tang Soo Do, they teach life skills and we are enjoying the experience every step of the way.

Heather Hayes Jackson reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

This isn't just a karate studio, it is a family. The instructors really do care and want their students to succeed! Our family of 5 all train at BAMA and, although we are all different ranks, we are able to practice together and take several classes together throughout the week. It's a great family activity! The Cage Fitness class is a lot of fun too. You almost forget you are working out...almost.

Tammy Cupps Hart reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

My husband & I began training at Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts in July of 2015. Our children started in June of the same year. We love going to classes each week & training together. One of the best things about doing class as a family, is that we're all striving for the same goal, & we use that to keep each other motivated! Two years ago, I would never have thought I'd be taking karate, now I wish I had started sooner!

Ryan Hart reviewed Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts
5
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My family & I have been training here for just over 3 months. It has been a great experience for us to be able to train together. The Instructors are great with the kids. they are very attentive and make sure that everyone is learning the forms and techniques correctly, and assist anyone that is having trouble. I highly recommend BAMA to anyone wanting to learn self defense or is looking for a different way to get in shape besides joining a gym.

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“Mental Toughness” Is A Tough Sell

In the second weekend of August 2018, I got the opportunity to go to a martial arts business conference in San Antonio that was sponsored and coordinated by Paul Reavlin and the fantastic people of Revgear. The primary audience for the conference was Krav Maga schools which was not the usual martial arts crowd that I was used to hanging around. It was great getting a different perspective from school owners and instructors like Derrek Hofrichter and groups like the Krav Maga Alliance. It was also fortunate since I had just finished coordinating the hiring of an instructor who has been focusing on Krav Maga for the last few years over traditional martial arts.

A big shout-out to the blogging queen of martial arts and Chicago, Katalin Rodriguez Ogren, for running an amazing blogging intro seminar and a boxing footwork class in San Antonio!

In the midst of all the physical training and all the business-related sessions, I found a big slice of good old-fashioned inspiration in the form of Mike Gillette, author/speaker/performance coach/etc. He was talking about mental toughness in one of his sessions and that night as I sat in the hotel room, I started thinking about the components of this thing called “mental toughness”.

What is “Mental Toughness”?

It’s not just one simple thing. It is a complex organism which relies on several interconnected organs for life. So here is a preliminary list:

  1. Focus on the right thing to do. Do you really know what the right thing is?
  2. Discipline to ensure you are doing the thing right – both action and timing.
  3. Resiliency when the thing goes wrong. How will you respond?
  4. Humility to admit what went wrong – the wrong thing, the wrong action, the wrong time.
  5. Flexibility to find a new thing or a new way to accomplish the thing. Are you mentally agile enough to adapt?
  6. Persistence to repeat the above as long as necessary. Do you have grit?

What “Mental Toughness” Is Not!

It is not an easy sell. By this, I mean that our current environment doesn’t promote focus (too many distractions), discipline (whatever you do will be okay), resiliency (you’re just not going to make it), humility (it’s someone else’s fault), flexibility (if that didn’t work, it can’t be done) and persistence (just quit and go do something else). These things require effort to learn and even more effort to put into effect.

Coming Up

I’m going to be looking at each of the above components in the future so that we can build up mentally tough people including ourselves, our children, our employees and our community.

Here is the first one on focus!


Want to toughen up mentally? Let us know!