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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pyramid Fights 12

6:00 pm

Batesville, AR

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pyramid Fights 12

Arkansas' BEST MMA Production. Ask about how you can earn a VIP cage side Seat as Special Guests with Grand Master Keith Waggoner & ATF Instructor Rick Baker.

6:00 pm

Batesville, AR

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Black Belt Exams

8:00 am - 5:00pm

Walnut-Ridge Dojang

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Black Belt Exams

Ms. Katelyn Ellis and Mr. Mark Latham are scheduled to test for their senior Black Belt. 

Oral Exams - Closed to Public begins at 8:00am

Physical Exams - Open to Public begins at 1:00pm 

8:00 am - 5:00pm

Walnut-Ridge Dojang

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Women's Self-Defense Seminars

Women are victims of violent assaults all around the world. Don't be a VICTIM! Contact us if you would like to attend or schedule a world class Work Shop for your family, group, church, or business. 

We also teach men specialized classes. Sign up now for your combat specialty classes. 

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are a great way to accelerate your learning. You can assimilate information at almost twice the speed as attending group classes alone. 

Private Instruction can help your shy and introverted personality come alive and prepare for group classes... not to mention for the REAL WORLD!

We offer Private Lessons in all 7 A.T.F. Martial Arts plus:

 - Fencing with the Dragon Fred Weeks

 - BJJ, MMA, & Kick Boxing & Fitness with Sensei Rudy.  

 - Childrens & Adult Classes in Tang Soo Do. 

Active Shooter Response Training

The realities of terrorism is infiltrating every facet of our lives. Homes, Schools, Churches, there are no places or people who are exempt from possible Active Invasion. 

Our Active Shooter Response Training will teach you and your group or business how to create your best chances for survival in the horrible possibility of a terrorist attack. 

Birthday Parties & Lock Ins

Make a Birthday Memory that will last forever!  Contact us on how you can make your Child the happiest kid on Earth!

Join A.T.F. for our Teen and Kids Lock-Ins... Stay up all night learning Martial Arts, Playing Games, Fooz Ball, and Video Games & Movies!

Top 10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Take Self Defense Classes

Nothing  feels better than knowing you can take care of yourself mentally,  financially, and physically. However for a lot of people, the physical  part is just exercise. Being able to protect yourself in all situations  is a confidence booster as much as it is a reassurance. A reassurance  that can only be gained through any form of self defense classes. Today,  when people think about self defense classes, they tend to think about  women and children. However, self defense classes (and practices such as  karate, boxing, jiu jitsu, ect. ), are for everyone.

I  believe in the power of knowledge and practice when it comes to self  defense. In gathering the reasons why it is important for everyone to  take these classes, I talked with a 6th degree black belt, Master Olson,  who owns his own karate school. Through our conversations, I was  provided with these 10 reasons why taking self defense classes is  beneficial to everyone.

1. It builds confidence

One  of the biggest advantages to taking self defense classes is the way it  makes you feel afterwards. A lot of people are unconfident with their  abilities to protect themselves before they join a practice, or take  classes. This can be due to personal experiences, as well as driven by  the news. We hear a lot about the negativity in our society, and this  can leave people feeling unprotected. Self defense classes will build  confidence in yourself. If you are getting bullied, it is also a great  way to protect yourself and grow confidence in yourself, ultimately  molding you into a better person.

2. It works on your balance

Let’s  face it, some of us can’t walk and chew gum at the same time – myself  included. These types of classes require a lot out of your body,  including the ability to do two things at once without falling over.  Improving your balance also means improving focus. Karate and self  defense classes teach you how to focus on your target while you control  your body. Without balance it is almost impossible to fight. Through  gaining your body control and balance, you will be better prepared to  protect yourself.

3. It helps develop self-discipline

“The  only discipline that lasts, is self-discipline.” -Bum Phillips. In  order to learn and grow with your self defense abilities, you have to  develop self-discipline. You have to be motivated and dedicated to the  practice. In order to be better protected-you have to keep practicing.  Actually going to class and showing up on a regular basis develops  discipline. Taking these types of classes will get you focused on your  personal protection and on your surroundings. Like with any other sport,  you can’t get better if you don’t practice.

4. It helps improve your physical conditioning

The  whole point of self defense classes is to prepare you for any situation  that may bring harm to you. Physical conditioning is extremely  important when it comes to self defense. Training and practicing  prepares you for the adrenalin dump when a situation arises that may  require you to fight. When someone comes after you, you will experience  what is called an adrenalin dump. It’s your body’s way of responding to  the fight or flight situation. It only last a few seconds, so you need  to be physically conditioned to appropriately deal with a dangerous  situation. If you aren’t, your body will not work as well as you need it  to after the adrenalin dump . Physical conditioning will work on your  reflexes and your awareness of an attack. When you are fighting it is  important to be focused both mentally and physically. If you are  prepared, you will be more successful in a dangerous situation and the  dump won’t take all your energy from you.

5. It improves your street awareness

Self  defense classes will make you more aware of your surroundings. You’re  never planning to be attacked, but your attacker is the one with the  plan. Self defense classes will help you to be aware at all times and  ready, should this type of situation arise. You might be shocked for a  second, but you will have the necessary reactions to protect yourself.  Master Olson was telling me about how his classes teach you to think  about where you can be attacked and where your attacker could be hiding.  Always be aware of your surroundings.

6. It teaches you self-respect

The  practice of karate, and many other practices like it, are centered  around trust and respect. It teaches respect of each other, and respect  for yourself. This is beneficial in life. If you don’t respect yourself,  then how can you respect others? When you are practicing your self  defense moves you will be practicing with a partner. There needs to be  mutual trust between the two of you to not hurt each other, but still  practice well. If you do not respect yourself it is unlikely that others  will respect you and have that mutual trust.

7. It helps to develop a warrior spirit

We  all watch the news and see how terrible it can be. Taking self defense  classes will help you develop a sort of warrior spirit. We all know that  if we are attacked, the last thing we want to do is get in that van of  our assailant. Self defense classes can prepare you for battle and, most  importantly, survival. If you are attacked, you don’t want to go to a  secondary location, and having self defense on your side will help  prevent that from happening. You will have a sense of “I am going to  survive here, not down the road.”

8. It helps you develop a fighters reflex

In  a fight, movement is power. You can’t stand around and wait for your  attacker’s next strike, you have to move! Self defense classes will help  develop your reflexes and you will gain a fighter’s reflex. A fighter’s  reflex is different from your normal reflexes. In normal situations you  respond to something that happens. When you are being attacked it is  better to know how to respond. Fighter’s reflex will allow you to move  quickly and smartly in the situation. You will know where to step and  where to throw your punch. You will be prepared.

9. It will help you with goal setting

Self  defense classes help you to set goals. Whether you want to nail a  specific move, or work hard to feel like you can protect yourself, you  are setting a goal. It gets you back in class each week, and will help  you in your everyday life. It helps you develop a drive that you may not  have had before. If you take your goal setting seriously within your  self defense classes, it can roll over into your everyday life, helping  you get through any tough situation that comes your way.

10. It has a positive influence on your life

Unlike  a lot of things in life, taking self defense classes will always have a  positive impact on your life. Each and every one of the reasons above  are proof of this. Taking self defense classes can boost your spirits  and make you a more confident and better version of yourself. It’s  important to have things in life that we can rely on to make us happy-  taking these kinds of classes does just that.

-A note from the Master himself-

“After  reading these reasons, you may be curious as to how to find an  instructor. Location is the easy answer, but it is better to do some  research before you make the commitment to an instructor. Do some  investigative research online and find out who your instructor truly is.  How long have they been in the practice? Have they competed at a high  level? Do they have any street attack experience? Who did they train  under? It’s not about sport- it’s about reality.”

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