From Classroom to Dojo

Martial Arts as a Summer Learning Experience


When school doors close for the summer, learning doesn’t have to take a hiatus. At Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, we believe in the power of martial arts to provide a continuous, enriching learning experience throughout the summer months. Transitioning from the classroom to the dojo can offer children a unique opportunity to develop life skills that complement their academic learning and equip them with tools essential for personal growth and success.


Bridging the Summer Learning Gap

The summer slide—a term educators use to describe the learning loss that occurs when school is out. This is a real concern for many parents. However, martial arts training offers an engaging way to bridge this gap. Beyond physical fitness, martial arts focus on the development of discipline, focus, and respect. These are not just martial arts principles. They are foundational skills that enhance a child’s ability to learn, think critically, and interact socially.

Students and parents sitting on the mat and learning from Renshi Matt

Discipline: The Foundation for Lifelong Learning

Discipline learned in the dojo extends far beyond the mastery of martial arts techniques. It instills a sense of responsibility, self-control, and a work ethic. These translate into better study habits and a more focused approach to schoolwork. “Martial arts taught me the importance of daily practice, not just in training but in my studies too,” shares a young student from our academy.


Focus: Sharpening the Mind

The concentration required to perform martial arts forms and techniques sharpens the mind. This heightened focus is crucial for academic success, helping students to better absorb and retain information. Summer martial arts training ensures that this skill is continuously developed, keeping children mentally engaged and prepared to return to the classroom with an enhanced ability to concentrate on their studies.


Respect: Building Social Skills

Respect is a core tenet of martial arts, promoting positive social interactions and empathy. By learning to respect their instructors, peers, and themselves, children develop better communication skills and a deeper understanding of teamwork and leadership. These social skills are vital both inside and outside the classroom, contributing to a more inclusive and productive learning environment.


Martial arts offer more than just a physical workout; they provide a holistic summer learning experience that fosters discipline, focus, and respect. At Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, our summer programs are designed to keep children engaged, learning, and growing all summer long. By incorporating martial arts into their summer routine, parents can ensure that their children not only prevent the summer slide but also gain valuable life skills that will serve them well beyond the school years.


we are a black belt school and Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for SIX YEARS IN A ROW by the American Budokai International!

Founded in 2013 by Mr. C. Matthew White is a 5th-degree Black Belt in Karate and 6th-degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and Master Instructor. Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has Karate lessons for pre-school children to elementary kids ages 4 and up. These classes are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for each age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Crabapple Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program. This is for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay) in shape, or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 770-645-0930. You can also visit our website at

About C. Matthew White, Renshi:  Matt is a fifth-degree black belt in a traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts – Shuri Ryu Karatedo. He is also a sixth-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu – Shintoyoshin Kai Jiu Jitsu. He is a master instructor with the title of Renshi, which means Scholar in Japanese.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Physiology. He has been training and teaching martial arts for over 27 years. He has owned Crabapple Martial Arts Academy since 2013. Renshi White is a motivational speaker and educator, and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training.

Crabapple Martial Arts Academy Headquarters is in Alpharetta, Georgia at 12315 Crabapple Road., Suite 124, Alpharetta GA 30004. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Sensei Robert Reed there or directly at (770) 645-0930.

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