The Confidence Kick

How Martial Arts Boosts Self-Esteem in Kids and Adults

At Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, we’ve witnessed the transformative power of martial arts in boosting self-esteem among our students, both young and old. Through structured training, goal setting, and a supportive community, we’ve seen remarkable changes in confidence levels. This leads to success inside and outside the dojo.

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Transformative Stories of Confidence


From shy children who are now class leaders to adults who have overcome their fears to achieve new heights in their personal and professional lives, the stories of transformation at Crabapple Martial Arts Academy are countless. One such story is of a young boy, initially hesitant to speak in front of his peers, who went on to confidently lead warm-up sessions. Another is of an adult who found the courage to tackle a challenging project at work. She attributes her newfound confidence to the discipline and resilience honed in martial arts training.

Building Blocks of Self-Belief

Our martial arts training goes beyond physical prowess; it’s a journey towards self-improvement. Using a series of achievable goals, such as mastering a new technique, students experience a steady stream of accomplishments. These achievements, big or small, foster a strong sense of self-belief.

A Supportive Community for Everyone

At the heart of Crabapple Martial Arts Academy is a community that uplifts and supports each other. Whether it’s cheering for a fellow student during a belt test or celebrating a personal milestone, the sense of belonging and mutual respect among students and instructors alike plays a pivotal role in building self-confidence.

Confidence for Life’s Challenges

The self-confidence cultivated through martial arts equips students to face life’s challenges with poise and resilience. For children, it means standing up for themselves and navigating social dynamics with assurance. For adults, it translates to improved performance at work and a proactive approach to personal challenges.

Martial arts is more than just a physical activity; it’s a pathway to developing a confident, resilient character. Through the stories of our students and the structured, supportive environment we provide, Crabapple Martial Arts Academy stands as a testament to the confidence-building power of martial arts.


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.