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Kickboxing classes are high energy, fun and the time flies by! Instructors are very motivated and the entire class is fueled by positive energy and encouragement. If you're considering it, give it a try! You won't regret you did.

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This place is spectacular! So many good things about this Martial Arts Dojo! The staff is friendly and welcoming. They treat you like your one of the family, from the moment you walk in the door. All of the instructors are helpful and knowledgeable. Even the students that train are welcoming! They have one of the most flexible schedules around. If I could give more than 5 stars I would! You have to come check this place out!

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I've been attending Budo Shingikan Dojo for a little over 2 months now and I absolutely love it! Its my home away from home, my happy place! All of the members make you feel so welcomed and help you so much to make sure you fully understand each thing we are working on. Before starting this program I was very hyper-active and didn't necessarily know how to control my anxiety, with the help of all the members here I am able to focus a lot more, and keep my emotions completely level. I still have a lot to learn and I cannot wait to continue a wonderful journey with these amazing people!

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This Martial Arts Dojo rocks! I love Kaiso D'Antonoli and all the other students. Budo Shingikan is a great place to learn Martial Arts, and a community of awesome people (of all ages and backgrounds). Thanks to Budo Shingikan, both my body and mind are incredibly stronger. What I learn at the Dojo has positive impacts in every aspect of my life. Kaiso D'Antonoli is an amazing instructor who knows how to nurture the most skilled martial artist and absolute beginners who never threw a punch or a kick in their entire life. He is able to help transform his students into a balanced confident human being who not only know how to defend themselves and others, but brings balance in their lives. And the learning never stops as you go up in rank. You just keep peeling away the layers. Honestly, you have to try it for yourself!

My biggest issue right now is trying to figure out which classes to attend. I just don’t want to miss anything.

I am very excited to continue training and to grow my skills under the tutelage of Kaiso D'Antonoli.

For anyone who feels lost, for anyone who wants to feel safer walking down the street, or for anyone who is looking to challenge themselves, or get back into shape, I can't recommend Budo Shingikan more.

Grant M Eisel reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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The staff and instructors are wonderful. They help the kids when they struggle and provide a support base for them to grow up in an environment with lots of confidence. Ours sons favorite instructor is Mr Nick. When he teaches you can really see he loves what he does and the kids respond right back. The staff treat you like family and if you have any issues they are right there to help you out. This by far is the best martial arts school experience we have had.

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Our son has been with this dojo for almost 4 years. He has learned so much, not just martial arts. He has learned respect, honor, never giving up, teamwork, as well as avoiding dangerous situations and resolving issues through communication. He has a couple of diagnosed behavior issues and participating in this program has definitely helped these issues. This is a family atmosphere and instructors as well as owners are always there to help and support.

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I love this place! Everybody feels welcomed and the kids always have fun in their classes!
This was a great choice for my son! He is learning a lot each day and really enjoys the classes.
The owners, instructors and staff are very friendly and helpful.

Alexis Rios reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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I've been practicing here for 7 months and I love it! What I love most about this place is that it's not all about kicking ass and/or winning. They teach us to listen to our bodies and always be aware of yourself and those around you. They teach us teachings that help us focus and stay flexible during training but also the same teachings can be used throughout our daily lives. It's about becoming a better version of yourself through working on yourself in the dojo and out. Excellent place, excellent people and excellent style of martial arts! I recommend this to anyone and everyone who wishes to advance their lives to a better place.

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Really enjoy the instructors. They make it fun for the kids even when they are working out. Been here roughly 6 weeks, kids enjoy it very much. The staff helps out and don't hesitate to ask questions and make sure you know what is going on things go pretty quick when you first start.

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This is hands down the best investment I have made into bettering myself! After having been enrolled here for almost a year, I have made many lifestyle changes that will stick for life. Here at the dojo, there is also a great sense of community, filled with wonderful people! The instructors here really do care the students. The time and dedication put into training material and all other aspects of the dojo, is absolutely inspiring. If it were any other way, I would not still be here. So, if you are thinking about trying out some awesome Japanese martial arts, do yourself a favor and give it a try. It will be a decision you will never regret!

Rachael Melendez reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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I was looking for something for both my son and my daughter to stay active out of the sun this summer, but they're both so different. I found a trail offer and decided that I would sign them up to see if this would be something that they would equally enjoy. Got through the trial period. They wanted more. Everyone here is so welcoming, patient, and absolutely amazing with the kids. They motivate the kids like nothing I've seen! Very nice. Very clean. Needless to say, my kids are begging to go every day they are open and have decided that this will not be just a summer hobby!

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From the moment I walked in the door I felt welcomed as a part of the dojo family! The staff are awesome and the instructors are second to none in my opinion! I would recommend this school to anyone interested in bettering themselves both physically and spiritually. I am on a better path in my life thanks in part to Kaiso D'Antonoli and the Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu martial arts system. Can't say enough good about this school!

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Path to Black Belt: Top 10 Tips For Reaching Black Belt

Your Path to Black Belt: Top 10 Tips For Reaching Black Belt

No matter what the style or the person, if you are have started or getting ready to start a martial art program then deep down inside you’ve wondered… “what does it take to get a black belt?” Let’s face it. We all have had that thought in the beginning, it’s normal.  Reaching the rank of black belt is a huge milestone and if you get there, that’s an amazing feat.

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So what are the steps …

The basic aim of a person unskilled in martial arts or moderately skilled in their respective martial art is to accomplish the desired coveted rank of black belt. The black belt is a reflection of the dedication the student took to attain their rank. It reflects their attention to detail in their martial study, technical superiority, moral character, and dedication to overall excellence. Many people view the black belt martial artist as “more” than the average practitioner of their chose art but if you ask a black belt in any style how they feel about being a black belt, they’ll often reply with…

“A new level of understanding begins” – I’ll explain this mindset later but know that the black belt practitioner remains a student of the arts for life.

So what exactly does it take to successfully reach the rank of the black belt?

I’ll be laying out the steps our students take based on our expectations and curriculum guidelines that will help you better understand the martial arts path to reaching a higher rank. If you follow these steps and take these tips to heart you will significantly improve your chances of success as a martial artist.

Tip #1: What Does Being a Black Belt Mean to You?

Have you ever heard the saying, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you will probably end up somewhere else.”? In layman’s terms, you need to define your WHY. Why, are you even doing martial arts and why do you want to get a black belt? Understanding your WHY will keep you focused and will keep your purpose front of mind. People are motivated by different things and you must define why this martial arts journey is important to you. Once you do that you are more likely to stick with your goals.

Tip #2: Set SMART goals for your training

Many of you know what SMART goals but for those who don’t, a SMART goal is a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. So how long will it take to get a black belt? That is going to be dictated by the style your train in and by your sensei, for the most part. By sticking with setting SMART goals for every stage of your training, not just for the black belt, you will stay motivated, excited, and look forward to training. Setting goals are important so you avoid plateaus and boredom. If you have something to work towards you’ll oftentimes work through the obstacles and challenges.

Tip #3: Break your SMART goal into smaller digestible goals

“A mile is a trial, but an inch is a cinch.” All the techniques needed to attain the rank of black belt will be different depending on styles but one thing is for sure…it’s A LOT to learn. So don’t get too caught up on the “black belt”. Break up your training goals into much smaller goals. This is basically addressing the “A” (attainable) portion of the SMART goal. When you can accomplish the smaller goal it’s going to feel good and it’s still going to be meaningful. Because it’s yet one small step in the direction you want to go.

Tip #4: Understand What You Need to Know

Wherever you’re training they should have a roadmap for you to follow. They should have a curriculum that is clearly defined and one that would aid you in planning out your goals. Could you imagine not having a map and being told to go to address A to unknown address B? Guess what… you would never get there. You would have no idea where to go first.

That’s the same in this case. If you’re not sure then ask your sensei what you should be focusing on and ask them to help you make a plan for success in your training. If they are not willing to do that then you are at the wrong school.

Tip #5: Network with other black belts at your dojo

“If you surround yourself with successful people, chances are you too will be successful”. That was one of the smartest things I ever heard and it’s true. This is your chance to get to know the higher-ranking students and learn from their experience and their advice. The dojo you train at should have a welcoming environment and this should be quite easy to do.group photo of martial art students in mesa, arizona

It takes a little courage at first to reach out but a assure you that they are probably some of the most approachable people you’ll get to know. Learn from their mistakes and heed their advice. They will notice if you are genuine as well so be sure you take action on what they say.

Tip #6: Attend Class and Train Consistently

“90% of success comes from ‘showing up.’” When it comes to finding success in anything you do if the journey and the end result have value to you…then there are no shortcuts. I’ve always said that hard work, time, and consistency equals results. That is true every time. Consistent and persistent practice will lead to your martial arts growth. There’s a saying that “the secret of success is the consistency of purpose”. That’s why you find a school and an instructor that you like and who’s on your side. A team and an instructor who wants to see you succeed.

Tip #7: Repetition is the Mother of Skill

black belt instructor helping students in classIf you really want to make progress in your martial arts journey you need to practice outside of the dojo whenever possible. This is especially important if knowledge gaps have been identified in your skillset by either you, a training partner or your sensei. There’s only so much you can get done during class time, that’s why it’s so important to establish great relationships with your fellow classmates to plan times to train together outside of the dojo when possible. Any at-home practice should also be documented and videotaped if at all possible for reference.

Tip #8: Use other resources such as books and videos to learn more about martial arts

If your dojo has an online library of techniques and philosophical teachings then you definitely want to use those resources. Also, if your instructor has authored any great books that directly relate to your martial arts training would be a fantastic way to deepen your understanding of everything you are learning. Ask your sensei for guidance on this.

Tip #9: Keep Yourself Accountable

There are a couple of ways to do this but the most fun and engaging way is to get connected with one of your training partners. Friendly competition and accountability are quite motivating and keep things fresh and fun. If you can find someone in your dojo who best aligns with your skill level and your goals then this would be optimal. Having a training partner who also has the goal of becoming a black belt will be beneficial to each of you. You both can stay focused on smart training efforts, outside goals setting and building each other leadership qualities that are very important for the level of black belt.

Tip #10: Never give up your goal of becoming a black belt

Marital art success can be tied to one simple but powerful phrase… “Always a Student.” If you stay focused on the previous 9 tips to attaining your goal of the black belt then know that even when you do get to the black belt, there is yet more to learn. It’s like starting at white belt over again but with a different focus and elevated goals. The process of learning and “always being a student” never goes away. There is always something new to learn.

The process of becoming a black belt, in any system, is a long and arduous journey but if you stick with a plan and don’t stray from your goal, it will be one of the most rewarding life accomplishments. It’s something you can really be proud of. Not everyone who starts training in martial arts gets to the rank of black belt. In fact, they say… 1% of people who start ever reach that level. Crazy to think.

Will you be a part of the 1%? I think so. If you’ve read this far then you may be ready to give it a go.

Join our community and start on your path to black belt today!

In Oneness,
Kaiso

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