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Self-Control Rocks!!

Why Self-Control Rocks:

Lessons from Alpharetta’s Young Martial Artists

At Crabapple Martial Arts Academy in Alpharetta, we don’t just teach kids martial arts and karate; we equip them with life skills that will serve them well beyond the dojo. One of the most critical skills we emphasize is self-control. It’s the cornerstone of martial arts, fostering self-confidence and enabling our young students to navigate life’s challenges with grace and wisdom.


Self-Control in Action

Self-control is about managing your emotions and impulses to make positive decisions. For young martial artists, this skill is crucial both in training and in everyday life. Let’s explore how our students apply this skill outside the dojo.

Navigating Friendship Hurdles

Michael, one of our dedicated students, faced a common childhood dilemma: a disagreement with his best friend. Instead of reacting with anger or frustration, Michael used the self-control techniques learned in our kids karate classes. He took a deep breath, stepped back from the situation, and chose to discuss his feelings calmly with his friend. This approach resolved their disagreement quickly and strengthened their friendship. Michael’s story is a prime example of how martial arts training promotes emotional intelligence and conflict resolution among kids.


Child receiving an award for completing a goal

Academic Focus and Perseverance

Sarah, another bright star at our academy, struggled with staying focused on her homework. The distraction of gadgets and television was a constant challenge. However, through practicing self-control learned in martial arts, Sarah was able to set priorities and create a study schedule for herself. She began to apply the discipline from her training to her academic work, leading to a notable improvement in her grades. Sarah’s experience shows how martial arts training helps kids apply themselves diligently to their studies, enhancing their academic performance and self-confidence.


Staying Calm Under Pressure

Luke’s story is particularly inspiring. During a school fire drill, while chaos ensued as students rushed to exit the building, Luke remained calm and composed. Drawing on his martial arts training, he remembered the importance of staying focused and maintaining self-control in stressful situations. Luke not only managed to exit safely himself but also helped a younger student who was feeling overwhelmed. His ability to stay calm under pressure is a direct testament to the self-control skills honed at Crabapple Martial Arts Academy.


Why Choose Crabapple Martial Arts Academy?

In Alpharetta, our academy stands out not just for teaching kids martial arts and karate but for instilling lifelong skills like self-control. This skill is invaluable, empowering our young students to make smart decisions, handle conflicts with maturity, and approach challenges with confidence.

At Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, we’re committed to nurturing well-rounded individuals who excel not only in martial arts but in all aspects of their lives. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to providing a supportive environment where every child can thrive.

Join us in Alpharetta and discover how martial arts can transform your child’s life, teaching them not just how to throw a punch, but how to face the world with confidence, discipline, and self-control.

Students posing for Promotion picture 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.