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Shane Marston reviewed Quest Martial Arts Academy
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I have been training at Quest for 4 1/2 years and have learned a lot. I have met some awesome people and made great friends, all while learning how to defend myself and working on some important qualities I can apply to everyday life. I always have great time in class and learn something every class! It's a great school!

Allison Jordan Jean reviewed Quest Martial Arts Academy
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Quest martial art program is great at teaching my son about responsibility, respect and commitment. The instructors know each child personally, and work to highlight their individual strengths. They also push each kid to help them do their personal best and also encourage them to do better when they are giving less than 100%.

Shanna Randall Tsakiris reviewed Quest Martial Arts Academy
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Our son takes classes and has been for just shy of a year now. He really loves it. As parents we have instilled manners or try too anyway. Quest has helped cement those manners and we get compliments all the time on how polite and helpful out son is!
Would highly recommend Quest!

Wendi Granter McKeagney reviewed Quest Martial Arts Academy
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When we first signed our 4-year old up for Karate lessons with Quest Martial Arts, we weren't too sure if it was something that would interest him. But from the start, all of the sensei were wonderful and patient with him. They let me join in the class with him as he was a little shy, and halfway through, he didn’t even notice when I stepped out as he was having such a great time learning with the other students. He has grown leaps and bounds with his newfound skills, confidence, self-discipline, and respect of others! We have even caught him practicing his Karate skills in his room when no one else is there – including pushups! While looking at all the pictures on the Quest wall of past and current Black Belts, and said that one day, he’d have his picture up there too!

We were so impressed with the dojo that my husband and I decided to join as well. Our first class turned out to be a fitness test, so now we know that there’s only up from there! :) My husband and I have already seen improvement in our flexibility and endurance, and we’re having fun learning different weapon and self-defense skills. Everyone has made us feel welcome, and I encourage anyone of any background/ability/age, to come check them out. You’ll be glad you did!

Cassandra Patterson reviewed Quest Martial Arts Academy
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My karate journey at Quest Martial Arts began with a free women’s self-defense seminar. I was hooked after that and attended 2 more seminars before I actually enrolled. It is an incredibly positive environment that I like to call “my happy place”. The school focuses not only on the physical aspect but on your mental well- being also. All of the instructors are caring and patient so you immediately feel right at home. At 42 I didn’t see myself starting anything like this but now I can’t imagine my life without it.

Quest is my extended family. We challenge and encourage each other to better ourselves and we celebrate each other’s accomplishments. I was always involved in sports growing up but had not found anything to match that as an adult. I am definitely not into going to a gym which I attribute to the fact that there’s no one there to push me and hold me accountable. I think that is the case with many adults so karate is a perfect alternative in my mind. I have lost weight and become stronger both physically and mentally. I have more confidence and have proved to myself that I CAN do things that I thought I would never be able to do which is a great feeling. The school has taught me to believe in myself and my capabilities and has helped move me out of my comfort zone.

They often offer specials so you can try a few classes and see if it’s a good fit for you. I would recommend this school to anyone. They are currently offering a free Women’s Self Defense seminar January 27th so that’s a great place to start for all you ladies out there. That’s where my journey to a black belt began and I’m so glad it did.

Mandy Lyn Morales reviewed Quest Martial Arts Academy
5
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When our sons were 3, there wasn't a whole lot of activities for their age group, but we wanted to get them involved in something. Since we live in town, we had heard about Quest (all positive!) and decided to try it out. Our boys have a lot of energy and really needed something to help them focus and reinforce qualities taught at home, such as honesty and respect. Not knowing a great deal about the world of martial arts, I was a bit nervous and intimidated but as soon as they had their first class, the staff at Quest has made us feel incredibly comfortable and reassured us when we (and the boys) needed a bit more support. Our boys needed one of us to participate with them in class for several months and we always felt very supported. The program and staff at Quest are very professional and challenge our sons to be at their best! My mom and I also participated in one of the self-defense workshops which was so much fun! There's always extra happenings for the whole family too! We've really enjoyed our experience and the friends we've made. We look forward to many more! I highly recommend Quest Martial Arts!

Joann Knapp Toomey reviewed Quest Martial Arts Academy
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If I could, I would rate Quest Martial Arts a 10. I have been doing Karate here for 3 1/2 years now. Tomorrow I will turn 66 years old. Who would have thought I would be doing Karate at this age!
I was told by Master Nelson that you are never too old to start something new in your life. She is so right.
When I began, I was a bit concerned that I would feel out of place at my age. That was not possible. Everyone from the students to the professional staff, make you feel like family. Everyone is encouraging and wants to see each of us succeed.
I do fitness and Karate at least 2 times a week. In the over 3 years, I have built self esteem, strength, confidence and am off my blood pressure medicine. I look forward to coming and learning more about myself and this art form each week.
If you are looking to try something new in your life, no matter what age, Quest is the place to try it. Give them a call, you will not be sorry! Call or stop in today!

Joseph Sylvester reviewed Quest Martial Arts Academy
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The Sensei’s are a wonderful group of truly exceptionally people. They are caring, thoughtful and constantly seek to improve their methods to help train the students to be their best. This October will mark our son’s 10th year as a student at Quest Martial Arts Academy. Our middle daughter is in her 7th year. Our youngest has just started her martial arts training. I couldn’t be more proud of my children and I cannot be more grateful for the excellent staff at Quest. Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who have help shape our children in to the terrific young people they are. I look forward to watching my youngest grow and enjoy your program over the years to come.

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Why it is so Easy to Quit New Year’s Resolutions

With National Ditch Your New Year Resolution Day tomorrow, January 17th, it is a great time to explore why it so easy to quit your New Year’s Resolutions.

It is a plan and simple concept.  Most people will avoid uncomfortable situations, experiences, and actions in favor of comfort.  It really is that simple!

Even though one fully understands the new healthy habit will have a positive effect on their physical, mental, emotional, and social health and well-being, they find hundreds of reasons to stop pursuing it.  It can becomes easier to find excuses than to experience the discomfort which comes with developing the new habit.  It is our flight mechanism.  We are all born with survival instincts and these often kick in when we are attempting to modify daily habits.

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Staying with the known, within your comfort zone can be less stressful. Stepping out of your comfort zone can cause stress, anxiety, a sense of failure, a change of routine, and even confusion.  Many people have significant anxiety about the possibility of failing.

This is why it is so important to train your mind to look at failure as an opportunity to learn.  You can learn in two different ways:  1 – what worked, and 2 – what does not work. Both are very valuable to your personal growth and development.  One without the other limits your ability to learn and grow stronger.

Now, let’s be completely honest with ourselves right now.  Look back and think about how many healthy habits you were trying to develop and you stopped; pushed away on a back burning for another day, month, or year.  What type of excuses did you make for not sticking with the goal of developing the new healthy habit?

At the time, you convinced your mind that it was a great excuse.  Now, that you are removed from it by time, do you still believe it was a good excuse?  Most likely not!

So, how do you make lasting healthy changes?  It start with setting a big audacious goal and breaking it down into smaller micro-steps.  Steps which make you become mindful of your goal every day.  Stick with the micro-goal for a one to two week period of time before adding a new micro-step.  The small micro-step helps you be mindful of your ultimate goal while at the same time gradually and slowly moving you out of your comfort zone.

For example, water is essential to your health.  Many of us would greatly benefit from drinking more water every day.  Ideally, you should try to drink between half an ounce to one ounce of water per day for each pound of weight.  So it you weigh 150 pounds, you should strive for 75 to 150 ounces of water a day.

Let’s say you don’t drink any water at all right now because you prefer juice, coffee, and/or tea.  A micro-step would be to substitute one drink every day with a glass of water.  You may want to even put a little flavor in it by adding some lime or lemon to the water.  Track your progress.  What gets measure gets done.  After a week or maybe two, set another micro-goal.  Maybe this time, you might try to drink a glass a water before your dinner.

Continue with this system and within a 12 week cycle, you will have increased your water consumption at a slow and gradual pace.  A long lasting healthy habit will become your new normal with less discomfort and anxiety.

This same system works with modifying your child’s behavior.  Let’s take a child who has become addicted to video games.  Slowly and gradually reduce the video game screen time every week until you get it to a reasonable amount of time.

 

Please share a healthy habit that would make a positive difference in your life in the comments below.  We always enjoy seeing people striving to become a better version of themselves.