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    Motivating Children to be Winners in Life

    November 28th, 2016

    Create the Mood for Motivation

    Last week I shared our school’s technique for motivating
    students to try harder, which we call “Praise, Correct, Praise
    and Challenge.” In this newsletter I want to offer some insight
    into the importance of setting the atmosphere.

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    But first, let me ask you a question: When you were a kid, when
    did you ask your parents for money? When they were in a good
    mood, of course! You knew they’d be more receptive and generous
    if they were feeling happy.

    We do the same thing with students, setting a positive
    atmosphere and reaping positive results.

    To do this, we make sure our school is an upbeat place to be.
    I tell my instructors that as leaders in my school, we are in
    the business of creating a mood for learning and being the best.

    Stated very simply, we want to project a positive spirit and set
    the stage to make sure students are inspired to learn.

    As parents, you know that being positive around your children
    will always make them strive to be the best. As we mentioned
    in previous newsletters, students are motivated by praise and
    encouragement.

    When students and families walk in the door, we greet one
    another with a bow and a smile. From the moment they step foot
    into the school, they know they will be treated with positive
    encouragement.

    Therefore, they do not fear being ridiculed for trying. They do
    not fear failure because they know they will be encouraged to
    keep going even when the going is tough.

    By creating a positive, upbeat mood, we have found that students
    don’t fear trying new things, even if they are difficult. They
    know they are in a positive place.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Positive Praise First

    September 28th, 2016

    Positive Praise First

    Over the course of these past four posts I’ve shared our school’s strategies for positively motivating children to do their best.

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    In this newsletter, I want to discuss a common mistake that I’ve seen other teachers and parents sometimes make along the way. In their desire to help children do their very best, they offer “constructive criticism” right from the very beginning.

    However, if children hear praise first, they are much more willing to keep improving. We train our instructors to seek the positives first, to be “good finders.” Once they praise our students for their efforts, they share ways to improve upon their technique.

    So it sounds like this: “I like the way you kicked. Now if you turn your foot this would be better. Great! Now do it 10 more times just like that!”

    Instead of being guarded and defensive, the child is motivated by the praise to try again.

    I also see this with parents. They love their child and want them to do so well that they first correct their child instead of first praising them for their efforts. This minor tweak will really boost your child’s desire to be the best.

    Our instructors call this, “Praise, Correct, Praise and Challenge.”

    I hope this helps. To see my instructors in action, stop by our school and watch how well students respond to our successful style of teaching.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Making Positive Choices

    August 30th, 2016

    In the last three newsletters, I’ve share three strategies we use to get the most out of the children in our martial arts classes.

    In this newsletter, I want to discuss a concern we frequently hear from parents about making the right choice. They ask:

    “If someone asks my child to do drugs (or some other harmful activity), will he or she make the right choice?

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    Well, in my years of experience in working with children of all ages, I’ve found there are two key determinants to children
    making the right choice.

    1. Level of Self Confidence and Self Esteem

    Children with the highest level of self confidence and self esteem will always make the right choices because they will
    not wilt under peer pressure. That’s why martial arts classes at our school in Etowah places so much emphasis on developing children in this area.

    2. The Personal Standards Others Have For Them

    We’ve learned that children generally live up to whatever standard we expect of them. Within martial arts we use the level of “black belt” as a way to communicate the standards we expect. For example, we label our black belt achievers as the children who never give up, do their best, are always honest and are the most respectful.

    We encourage our parents to work as hard as we do in building their child’s self-esteem and setting high standards.

    For example, related to education, we have some parents who expect a masters degree from all of their children and, to know one’s surprise, that’s what ends up happening.

    Kids will live up to the image they have of themselves and the adults in their life have of them — and, if that image is a positive one, they will always make the right choices in life.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!

    Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Positive Labeling with Martial Arts in Etowah

    June 26th, 2016

    Last time I told you how we use POSITIVE SELF LABELING to

    get the most out of the children in our classes.

    In this newsletter, I want to describe:

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    Strategy #3 — WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME

    For example, our instructors might say,

    “Who wants to get to the next level in martial arts?” (kids all raise their hand)

    “Well, if you do, you are going to have to learn this new martial arts move and I will give you a sticker when you do.”

    In other words, we let our children set a goal for themselves and then we tell them how and offer an award if they accomplish the goal set.

    How can you apply this strategy? You might say to your child:

    “Do you want good grades” (yep, your child says)

    “Well, if you do, you should ask for extra credit at school. That will give you a better shot at good grades and you can get extra play time (or some other family incentive).

    Just make sure your child knows WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM.

    In this and the last two newsletters I’ve shared three strategies we use to get the most out of our children. I hope you have found this information valuable.

    In the next newsletter I’m going to discuss how to help your child make the right choices in life.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Taking Martial Arts Classes in Etowah North Carolina

    April 23rd, 2016

    TAKING MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES

     What you think you are paying for:

    • Being taught to kick and punch

    What you are actually getting for your money:

    • A Life Coach
    • A Psychologist
    • A Mentor
    • An Inspirer
    • A Supporter
    • A Friendly Listener
    • A Problem Solver
    • A Stress Reliever
    • Being encouraged to believe in yourself
    • A Personal Trainer & Dietician
    • Strength, Flexibility and Weight Loss Coach
    • Being Taught a Positive Attitude
    • Someone on call for you 24/7
    • Someone who encourages you and your children to have Respect, Patience, Humility, Discipline, Perseverance, Empathy, Courtesy, Listening Skills, Loyalty, and Self-Control just to name a few.
    • Being taught to have a strong work ethic and enjoy life
    • Being held accountable for your actions
    • Being encouraged to set goals and to reach your goals
    • Someone who helps you build emotional strength and mental stability
    • Someone who will hug you when you are down, pick you up when you have fallen, remind you of your worth, and stand by your loyalty when you feel like no one else will
    • Someone who teaches you to stand up to bullies
    • Knowledge, Wisdom, Martial Arts Training, Opportunity, Training Equipment, and a safe place to train in and someone who puts their heart and soul into you
    • Someone who has spent their entire life in training to assist you

    Still think you are paying too much for your “Kicking & Punching” Class?

    Would a doctor, lawyer, plumber, carpenter, dentist, chef, mechanic, shop owner or psychologist offer all of the above for free in addition to their regular services that they charge for? I haven’t found one yet that does.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    Etowah North Carolina’s Most Popular Training Center

    Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    Positive Results from Martial Arts Training

    March 30th, 2016

    Ever wish that your child would make the choice to do something

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    harder than take the easy way out?

    I repeatedly hear this concern from parents.

    Well, after years of working with kids, we have developed some very successful strategies to get the very best out of children.

    In this and the next two newsletters, I’ll describe three of these strategies.

    The underlying goal with all of our LIFE LESSONS is to get children to develop the motivation from within to want to do the right thing.

    Strategy #1 is POSITIVE LABELING

    For example, if we want our children to do good push ups our instructors might say:

    “I know you are real strong! Can you show me 10 good push ups.”

    In other words, we label the child the way we want them to perform.

    How can you apply this strategy? You might say to your child:

    “I know you like a real challenge and are smart, why don’t you ask for that extra credit work in school.”

    POSITIVE LABELING — it helps us get the most out of our children and, if you aren’t already using this strategy, I’m sure it will help you.

    Thank you for visiting our page.

    Sincerely,
    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
    Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!
    Etowah North Carolina’s Most Popular Training Center

    Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993


    World Martial Arts TV introduces Grand Master Darren Norris

    February 16th, 2016

    Meet Grand Master Darren Norris

     

    http://www.masterdarrennorris.com Hello, this is Alex “The Maverick” Collazo from the World Martial Arts TV Show.
    I’m here today with a special report about the award winning martial arts self-defense school for Adults, Children and Families in Etowah, North Carolina, Aikido and Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense!

    Grand Master Darren Norris is a professional martial arts instructor & part time writer for World Martial Arts Magazine in Etowah, North Carolina. He is a regular co-host of the World Martial Arts TV & Radio Shows.

    His school has been offering Martial Arts Programs for Adults Children & Families since 1993.

    Our award winning adult program is held Monday through Thursday nights from 6:00 until 7:30. Students are encouraged to attend as many nights as possible.

    Our focus is developing a strong mind, body and spirit through physical training in the traditional martial arts of Aikido and Hapkido. This training teaches not only two of the most highly regarded self-defense arts in the world, but also self-discipline, self-control, self-respect and self-confidence.

    Our Hapkido program is personally taught by Master Darren Norris, the East Coast representative for the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association and Hall of Fame Award Winner. The Hapkido program that we teach is approved by the Korean Hapkido Federation world headquarters in KwangJu, South Korea.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense has students from the entire Etowah, Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville and Horse Shoe North Carolina Community.

    At this school you can Learn the same self-defense techniques taught to the US Secret Service, Law Enforcement and Elite Military Units around the world in their exciting programs. All courses are taught in a Police Academy style format for the best possible learning environment. The North Carolina Director of Training is Darren Norris.

    Grand Master Darren Norris’s extensive martial arts training as well as his time training Police personnel who have experience dealing with real criminals have given him highly unique insights into the reality of self-defense and street effective real world Defensive Tactics.

    Darren Norris trained in numerous Asian Martial Art systems earning multiple black belt ranks. After many years in the Asian arts Darren Norris earned Master and Grand Master level rankings in five martial arts systems.

    He is a highly sought after instructor and has earned numerous awards and is a member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

    Visitors are always welcome at Aikido and Hapkido of Hendersonville 5 Rings Self Defense 125 Etowah Center Drive Etowah, North Carolina

    Give them a call at phone number (828) 388-0635 to schedule your trial lesson.

    Visit their website at www.MasterDarrenNorris.com or Like them at http://www.facebook.com/masterdarrennorris

    This has been a special report by the World Martial Arts TV Show, I’m Alex “The Maverick” Collazo, Thank you for watching!


    Life Lessons from Martial Arts

    January 4th, 2016

    Thanks for visiting our page here at the Five Rings Self-Defense in Etowah, North Carolina

    Here our mission is to teach children and families LIFE LESSONS by providing them with positive learning experiences.

    The experiences we provide are designed to help children and adults learn the value of:

    * focus and discipline

    * hard work and commitment towards a goal

    * positive interactions with peers

    All from our self-defense martial arts lessons. It won’t matter which of our programs you choose from whether it’s Aikido, Hapkido, TangSooDo or YuSool Korean Jujitsu, you will learn from it.

    In teaching these LIFE LESSONS over the years, we’ve learned a lot about what motivates kids and entire families to excel, and what undermines their motivation.

    And, we have found that sharing our knowledge with parents offers some unique insight they often can’t get from another source. It was that discovery which compelled us to develop start writing these articles.

    I sincerely hope you gain value from visiting our website.

    In the next article, which will arrive in a few weeks, I’ll
    share my new LIFE LESSON.
    To your health, wealth, and success,

    Grand Master Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense 125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729 of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993 Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!


    Ten Reasons Why You Should Learn Martial Arts at our School

    December 2nd, 2015

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense 125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729 of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993 Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!

    Ten Reasons Why Hapkido of Hendersonville’s Five Rings Self Defense Is The Best School For Your Family

    1. Our Staff: The Tang Soo Do and Hapkido instructors at our school are among the best in the world. They are highly skilled martial artists, and motivators who lead by example and teach with patience and enthusiasm. All of our teachers are licensed and certified by the world headquarters in Korea. They will take a personal interest and be committed to your child’s success.

    2. Our Teaching Methods: Watch any of our Taekwondo or Aikido classes and you will notice how we combine respectful discipline with a friendly hands-on approach. You will also notice the use of praise to provide positive motivation, explanations, and physical demonstrations to accommodate all learning styles.

    3. Our Curriculum: Designed by the world headquarters in Korea, our curriculum includes the most exciting and beneficial aspects of Taekwondo and Hapkido. These include kicking to improve flexibility, forms for balance, and partner drills to improve speed and reflexes. Your child will also be introduced to board breaking to increase confidence. Your child will experience cultural diversity learning some of the simple phrases of the Korean language giving them valuable skills for the future. Our students also get an opportunity to participate in our summer cultural exchange program working with student from Korea or traveling with our school to Korea for training.

    4. Our Class Structure: No two Taekwondo or Hapkido classes are exactly alike. A variety of drills are used to disguise repetition and keep your child interested while refining their skills at the same time.

    5. Our Students: Where else can you surround your child with a dedicated group of young people all working together to develop their physical, mental, and emotional strength? Training side by side with other children of their same level will not only develop your child’s cooperation skills but will encourage friendships that motivate them to attend Taekwondo and Hapkido classes regularly.

    6. Our Belt System: Traditional sports are limited in their ability to recognize a student’s increase in knowledge and ability. Our 10 different colored belts combine the best in short and long term motivation continuously rewarding your child for their progress and leading them towards a higher goal. This benefit of YuSool and Hapkido training is not available in any other youth or family activity.

    7. Our Special Events: In addition to standard Taekwondo and Hapkido classes we know kids need different events to look forward to. Every month, we run an extra event filled with fun and excitement. These include outdoor training, Costume parties, 24-hour camps, movie nights, demonstrations and more.

    8. Our Recognition Program: In addition to our belt rank system and daily praise, our Taekwondo and Hapkido programs offer your child opportunities to be recognized for their effort and accomplishment. These include student of the month awards, outstanding performance trophies, yearly honoree plaques and modeling opportunities in our public advertising and on the website.

    9. Our Family Program: As a member of our family program you can enhance the enjoyment your child gets out of the program, help them to understand and maintain the commitment they’ve made, and receive the benefits of our school for yourself. Our Self-Defense and Hapkido programs are safe and fun, easy to learn and a great way to bond with your family.

    10. Our Results: The strongest reason to make a commitment for your child is what they will gain from our Taekwondo and Hapkido classes. We offer training for a healthier body, a more focused mind and a more confident and disciplined spirit. Your decision to enroll your child is a commitment to developing your child’s abilities and providing for their individual needs. It isn’t just our trademark quality. It is our personal guarantee.

    This isn’t just our opinion. It is the reason that every instructor in our organization has been nominated for, and inducted into, the “Action Radio Network and World Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame”. It is also why our school in the only martial arts school on the planet to be awarded the prestigious “School of the Year Award” from the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association of Seoul, Korea 3 Times!

    To your health, wealth, and success,

    Grand Master Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense 125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729 of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993 Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!


    Ten Things You Should Ask Before Joining A Martial Arts School

    November 2nd, 2015

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense 125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729 of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993 Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!

    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    10 Things You Should Ask Before Joining A Martial Arts School
    With so many schools to choose from how do you select the best school for your family?

    1. Are the instructors licensed by the world headquarters? In the US, martial arts are an unregulated industry. Less that 2% of the schools in this country have an instructor who is licensed by the world headquarters. Our instructors complete a 2 year internship program and have attended the instructors training course certified in Korea. All instructors must take an annual drug test, police background check, and be first aid certified.

    2. How many years teaching experience do the instructors have? All of our school managers are mature college graduates with a minimum of 10 years teaching experience. Our chief instructor is an 6th degree Grand Master and the highest ranking non-Korean in the state for our martial art style. Don’t settle for less!

    3. Do they teach effective self defense? The core of our program is traditional martial arts self defense skills that are currently used by the US Army, C.I.A., SWAT and the F.B.I. Our techniques have been proven by the world’s elite military and police units.

    4. Do they teach a martial art or a martial sport? We teach a martial art that trains your mind, body and spirit. Psychological studies have show that martial sports like sport Karate and MMA develop violent aggressive attitudes. Martial Arts teach self discipline, self defense and a positive attitude. That is what you want for your family.

    5. Are the instructors good role models, educated and professional? You will find that our instructors are healthy role models who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, have excelled in other career areas. They act as mentors not just as instructors.

    6. Are the instructors recognized experts in the martial arts industry? Our instructors are often featured in leading martial arts magazines as writers, host martial arts radio shows, appear in martial arts television and movies. Not to mention that every school director in our organization is a martial arts hall of fame award winner.

    7. Has the school won any valid awards? We were the first school in America to be awarded the prestigious “School of the Year Award” from the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association world headquarters in Korea. We are the only school in the world to have earned this award three times!

    8. Is the program tax deductible? We are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. We are the only school in the area that meets the requirements for this distinction making our program 100% tax deductible. Don’t settle for less!

    9. How long has the school been in business? Our 1st school in the USA was founded in 1984. We are the official branch of the Dragon Martial Arts Academy in Korea, founded in 1955, giving us the longest martial arts school history in the USA.

    10. Do they offer a price guarantee? We offer options that give you a price guarantee for the length of your membership. Many schools don’t carry Insurance so they cannot offer a long term membership. They don’t have to guarantee your price or your safety.

    Sincerely,
    Grand Master Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense 125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729 of Etowah North Carolina Serving The Brevard, Fletcher, Hendersonville And Horse Shoe North Carolina Community Since 1993 Ph: 828-388-0635 Call Today!