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Jennifer Mirabal Calabro reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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My son has been taking classes here for almost 6 months and he loves it. He's learning great skills and having a fun time while he does. The instructors are great with the kids and have a ton of patience. We highly recommend East Coast Martial Arts!

Chris Sawyer reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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Been coming here for over 7 years; started bringing our daughter when she was 3 due to being bullied in daycare. After about 3 weeks with Master Erik, the bullying stopped! Since then, she's loved the sport, loves the school & instructors. She looked like she was having so much fun, me and my wife joined her 3 years ago and now we all are members having a blast in class moving up the ranks and compete together on ECMA's AAU TKD Competition Team. Winning gold medals together at tournaments and competing in The AAU National Championships last year and seeing our little Warrior Princess get her Black Belt was like nothing we've ever experienced. We love our ECMA family...ECMA ROCKS!

Ralph McLean reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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Great learning environment, and great people. Whether you want to learn Taekwondo or Jiu Jitsu, the staff is very knowledgeable and well trained. I highly recommend this business.

Jason Hinton reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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The facilities in Annapolis are great, including regularly cleaned bathrooms, the two training floors are divided into three areas that allow us to have three different classes going on at the same time. In addition, there is a great seating area for spectators to watch.

If you are looking for a school to start or continue training in martial arts, come check out ECMA! You will not be disappointed!

Erin Drage Pittman reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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I have two boys who have been going to ECMA-Edgewater since December. It is the ONLY sport they have ever asked to do and they LOVE it. They ask pretty much every day when the next "Karate Day" is and they are very motivated to do well. The teachers are firm but kind and work well with young kids.

Angela Reel reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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Couldn't ask for a more enthusiastic and motivational instructor. You'll always get a great workout in a great space without am inferiority complex. Everyone is pushed at their own level to achieve their goals. Love the affordability and always different workouts.

Meredith McQuoid-Greason reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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As one of the top schools in the country (and maybe THE best), they don't just hand out black belts. Students really have to work very, very hard for them. There are many rungs on the ladder toward black belt, but the instructors are so positive and motivating and encouraging every step of the way. For kids they strive to make the classes fun. For adult students, they are particularly good at acknowledging your limitations, working with you on on them, and helping you learn how to get around and even overcome them. In our late 40s, my husband and I joined a few months after our young daughter started--it was a great way to get our exercise together as a family. Although our daughter eventually decided to stop, my husband continued and earned his black belt after 5 years. I took a year off training as an advanced belt (red senior) for a health issue but then came back motivated to review all the skills and recondition my body for another 18 months to finally earn my own black belt. Such a great feeling of accomplishment, especially as now I'm 53!

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Staying Positive

 Weekly Wisdom

“Don’t let what you can’t do, interfere with what you can do.”
by – John Wooden

Dear Staff, Parents and Students,

Is everyone going crazy yet? I am sure that many of you are bored out of your minds or frantic with having the kids home 24/7. 

Are you working? If you are great and if you’re not, trust me there are many things you can do with that extra time that will have a positive impact for your family when this pandemic is over. 

You can take this time and see it as a CRISIS or an OPPORTUNITY. It is totally up to you.

This Pandemic Will Pass. How you react to it will not. You must follow the CDC guidelines, but you don’t need to follow all the hype, hysteria and craziness. Trust me, nothing you do, say or think will change anything. It will not make this pandemic go faster or slower. The only thing that will affect is the relationships you either build strong or make weaker by your actions. 

What’s not important is all the negative hype. The unproductive things people are saying, doing and the way they are acting. This is the time where we see the true character of our family and friends. What is important is how you present yourself to your spouse, your family, friends and employers. Are you coping and understanding or are you out of your mind, upset, mad and/or depressed. How you handle the next few weeks will define how you handle pressure and emergencies. It’s not what happens to you that defines you, it’s how you handle it that makes the difference. Remember one thing, Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Be that Leader, Role Model and Parent you can be. 

You can choose to be worried, scared, depressed and upset. You can choose to be lazy, unproductive and use this as an excuse for not getting ahead in this world or…….. 

  • Reach out to family, friends and colleagues that you haven’t seen in many years.
  • Think of random acts of kindness to help those not as fortunate as yourself.
  • Find a project around the office or house, set a goal to have it completed and by the time that date arrives be done. Time-block your morning, day and evening to accomplish the goal.
  • Jump on the internet and visit sites that will empower you, challenge you, and educate you. Fill your head with positive thoughts, motivating quotes and things that will inspire you instead of negative, useless or hurtful things. You have the choice to set that goal and achieve it. Will you be the one after this pandemic that is depressed, broke and miserable or the one that has a more successful marriage, closer family, deeper faith and more fit body. “It’s up to you. Here are 2 quotes I will leave you with. 
  1. “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it’s positive or negative.”
                       – W. Clement Stone 
  2. “Adversity is the best university because adversity will teach you lessons if you will only allow your eyes and ears to catch the message.”  -James malinchak

I will be putting up the curriculum but I will be doing so much more. I have worked tirelessly for the past 7 days and will be for the next 2 weeks to complete projects that have teens in the works for years: the new website pages that guide students to everything they need; the new Ecma Mobile App that will allow everyone to access anything related to ecma; our new paperwork system so when you return everything is paperless (cross your fingers on that one) and our online training as well as our Online Interactive Coaching. 

The curriculum is just 10% of what I envision giving my members. I will not give everything away now, but you can look forward to more Stranger Danger, Bullyproofing, Street Safety, Community Safe and Cyber Safe type material. I am also proud to announce the Life Skills program is in full swing and just needs to be put in a deliverable format so I can impact all the kids inside and outside the studio. Lastly, I want to help families and businesses be more successful.

I will be putting up life changing things you can do to benefit from this time you have to take your life and/or relationships to the next level. 

These projects were not created for this emergency, they have just been expedited. Sincerely, Master Tommy Lee
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