I enrolled my son at ATA when he was 4 years old. He had expressed interest in martial arts, but more than anything, my hope for him was to improve self-confidence. At that age, he was super shy, would not answer questions or speak out in a group setting. He was hesitant to participate in group activities and was unsure about trying new things. Five years later, he has earned his 1st Degree Black Belt, won several state titles, competed all over the United States and participated on the Prime demo team. But what stands out more than any of these accomplishments is the confidence he has gained in himself and how much his self-esteem has improved. He is a different child, he is one of the first to volunteer to answer a question or demonstrate a move, he loves to get out in front of others to compete and preform, he loves going to class and enjoys sharing what he has learned with other students. He has learned many life skills throughout the process- to persevere when things are challenging, to win with grace and lose with grace, outstanding sportsmanship, integrity, and respect for others. He has made life long friends not only at Prime but from all over the world.
None of this would have been possible without the dedication
and support of all of his instructors, especially Mr. Golden who believed in him when he did not believe in himself, who has encouraged and reached him when others were not able. My son's goal is to
become a World Champion and when he is older, a Taekwondo instructor.
Ryley asked me for a long time to take classes with him. I joined and also earned my 1st Degree Black Belt. What an awesome activity for us to be able to do together, to take classes together, motivate one another, be able to help each other on the material we are learning and support one another.
I feel so blessed to have Prime as such a huge part of our life!!!