Our Mission Statement
"Building strength, confidence, and community through martial arts."
Our mission statement is at the heart of everything we teach at the Academy. Incorporating our core values, discipline, respect, and honor into our programs and activities we help students develop inner strength, grow self-confidence, and build community connections both within the Academy and outside our doors.
Academy students receive vigorous physical training, which improves health, coordination, and overall athletic ability. But, the real strength we develop through our training comes from within. Inner-strength provides the ability to stay positive, focused, and to persevere. At the Academy we challenge ourselves when we train; we try, fail, and try again because we know that both on and off the mat some of the most worthwhile endeavors involve failures along the way. When we spar, break boards, do a new form or self-defense before the class we challenge ourselves to focus on what we know and let go of the fear of “getting it wrong” in front of others. Over time, students learn to embrace the opportunity to show what they CAN do, and this is the path to excellence. Strength is about having a winning attitude and persevering.
At the Academy every student follows the same curriculum, however, each student has his/her own training path. We work at different paces; have different styles, abilities, and challenges. The essential lesson of the academy curriculum is to strive for your personal best. Confidence comes from embracing this lesson. It doesn’t matter if you kick higher or harder than others as long as you are kicking as high and hard as you can. Our training partners are here to support us, not to be our measure of achievement. Self-confidence makes students true training partners to one another as they support, assist, and cheer for their classmates to be their best, too. Doing your best and helping others to do the same is the truest expression of self-confidence.
Through martial arts we believe all aspects of a student’s life can be improved and enhanced. Our community is a solid, supportive environment. Academy students feel respected, safe, and happy when they are here because they trust their community to encourage and protect them. It is in this environment that students can safely take risks, learn, and grow. At the Academy we are all martial artists in training – a lifelong education – and the lessons of martial arts carry through into life off the mat. A positive training community fosters positive community ties at school, at work, and at home. We believe there is no limit to what a person with inner strength, self-confidence, and a supportive community can accomplish.